Fat Transfer Augmentation
Use Your Own Fat Cells for a Volume Boost in Palm Desert
Augmentation and implants are closely linked when it comes to breast surgery, but silicone and saline are not the only available options for women who want a shapelier silhouette. Fat transfer breast augmentation at Palm Desert's Cosmetic Surgery Institute makes use of all-natural material: your own fat cells, taken from areas of the body where they are not needed due to their abundance.
This procedure involves liposuction on the belly, flanks, or thighs to collect the needed fat cells, then the processing of those cells, and ultimately their insertion into one or both breasts, as desired. Fat transfer augmentation is very customizable, and can be used for anything from adding volume for a modest increase to refining the results of breast augmentation with implants to filling in areas of the breast as part of breast reconstruction.
What to Expect from the Fat Transfer Augmentation Procedure
This surgery may involve general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The first step in fat transfer augmentation is determining which area of the body to use as the donor site. Since the procedure involves not just the breasts—but also the abdomen, thighs, or sides—great care is taken to create proportional contours and ensure the body as a whole is accounted for.
Fat cells are collected through small incisions. The plastic surgeon will use a cannula, which is a specialized tool that both frees the fat cells from the surrounding tissue and suctions them out. Great care is taken to preserve the cells' integrity. In order for fat transfer augmentation to be successful, the fat cells used in the procedure must be healthy and able to survive the transplantation to establish themselves in the breast tissue.
After the cells are separated from any non-essential fluids or material, they are strategically injected into the breast mound. Your surgeon will follow a plan built on artistic judgment to create an even, round, and natural look. This fat transfer augmentation step will involve multiple injections.
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Both the donor and recipient areas will be tender and swollen in the days after the surgery. There may also be some bruising. These signs of a fat transfer augmentation procedure will resolve on their own. Note that the breasts may appear "overfilled" at first. This is because only a certain percentage of the transplanted fat cells are expected to remain viable, so the volume should reduce until it "settles" over time.
More Uses for Fat Transfer
Fat transfer augmentation may be included in a Mommy Makeover, tailored to women whose bodies have changed since having kids. The surgical strategy could work to address two areas at once: reducing stubborn fat on the thighs and adding volume to breasts that shrank and sagged.
Fat harvested from the belly or sides can also do more than add volume to smaller breasts. A Brazilian butt lift employs the same techniques to create a rounder, firmer, fuller look for the buttocks.
Adding volume with fat cells works similarly to dermal fillers, which are nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that employ lab-made gels.
Find out more about fat transfer augmentation—or any of these options—by setting up a personalized consultation.