Many women feel that the mark of womanhood is defined by the appearance of the breasts, particularly the fullness of the breasts. If you are less than confident about the shape, size, or fullness of your breasts, then it might be time to consider which cosmetic treatments are options for you. At New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we believe that breast fat transfer is an ideal treatment for many women who are interested in increasing breast fullness.
Is Breast Fat Transfer Safe?
A breast fat transfer is a minimally-invasive treatment that can correct the asymmetry of the breasts, as well as increase breast size and fullness. In terms of breast surgeries, a fat transfer is one of the safest treatment options available for women of all ages. The top three reasons this treatment is so safe includes:
1. No Allergy Risk
While there are some minimally-invasive treatments that are being considered for non-surgical breast lifts, such as dermal fillers, these treatments also carry the risk of a possible allergic reaction.
However, unlike those treatments, a breast fat transfer is clinically proven to be a low allergy risk, largely because it uses fatty tissue harvested from your own body to reconstruct or restore the shape of your breasts.
2. Less Risk of Scarring
The techniques used for this treatment do not involve any incisions or sutures, which significantly reduces the risk of scarring on both your breasts and the area where fatty tissue is harvested from your body.
The low risk of scarring also means a lower risk of infection, skin irritation, and other complications during the recovery period. The lower risk of scarring is one main reason why women prefer this treatment.
3. No Complication Risk
Most other breasts reconstructive or enhancement treatments have a certain percentage of complication risks. For example, when breast implants are used, there is the risk of capsular contracture, ruptures, or other problems caused by the breast implant.
There is no risk of complications from the treatment with breast fat transfer risks – and in fact, once the treatment is done, many women don’t think twice about it after the recovery period.
How Does This Breast Treatment Work?
So, how does this safe treatment work? As a minimally invasive treatment, the overall technique relies heavily on the use of a thin needle to help harvest and inject the fatty tissue into the body. The idea for this treatment is that fat is removed from one area of the body and placed in the breasts.
This can be especially appealing for women who want to remove a small amount of fat from other places on the body. There are two main components used for your treatment, which include:
A portion of fat will be harvested from one or more areas of your body to transfer to your breasts. Depending on the amount of body fat or fatty tissue you have, we may need to harvest fat from more than one area. The ideal areas to harvest fat from includes the thighs, buttocks, and stomach, where the collection of fatty tissue is most abundant. Fat harvesting is usually done with a liposuction technique.
Part of your consultation will be confirming that you have enough fatty tissue to harvest and transfer. As the goal of this treatment is to create natural-looking results, it’s important that you have enough fatty tissue that can be donated from your body and transferred to your breasts, as taking fatty tissue from areas that are low in fat can alter the overall appearance of your body.
Your treatment will also include PRP. A small amount of platelet-rich plasma will be combined with your harvested fatty tissue to create a single solution that will be used to enhance the size or shape of your breasts. Studies have shown that breast fat transfer treatments are more successful when the harvested fat is combined with PRP, likely because PRP is packed with natural regenerative properties that will help the new fatty tissue bind to the existing fat in your breasts.
The PRP used for your treatment will also be harvested from your body. Creating your PRP solution will consist of a simple blood donation before your treatment; that blood will be spun through a special centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from your blood plasma, which will create a thick, clear-ish substance. Using PRP for cosmetic treatments helps speed up healing and regenerative goals, particularly for anti-aging purposes such as increasing skin collagen.
What Can You Expect From Your Treatment?
While this is a very simple treatment that can be completed within four to six hours, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, there are still several steps involved in your treatment. Your first step will be attending a consultation appointment that will help us determine if you are an eligible patient for this treatment.
During your consultation, we will gather certain medical information about you, including past surgeries and any drug allergies you may have. It’s also important that you communicate clearly about your desired appearance during your consultation so we can understand your treatment expectations. Your consultation may include a short examination of your breasts. You may also be asked to complete certain labs and examinations, including a mammogram, before the date of your treatment appointment.
As with any surgical treatment, there are some things you will need to do to prepare for your fat transfer. For example, you will need to temporarily stop taking blood-thinning medication for two weeks before your surgery, such as Aspirin and certain supplements.
You will also need to avoid tobacco and alcohol products before your appointment for at least five to seven days. You will also need to fast before your surgery, which means no eating after midnight on the night before your treatment.
Step One: Injection Preparation
After liposuction is used to remove fatty tissues from various areas of your body, your fat will be purified and combined with PRP to create the solution that will be used for your treatment.
Step Two: Injections
Enhancing the size and shape of your breasts will involve multiple injections of your fat into targeted zones of your breasts. We will customize where injections are made based on your desired appearance goals. For some women, this can mean creating fullness on the upper portion of the breast, and for others, this can mean creating symmetry of the breasts.
Although your recovery period for this treatment will be relatively short, usually only about five to seven days, you will still need to follow certain post-treatment instructions to ensure you recover well. For example, you will be instructed to wear compression garments for three to six days after your treatment, not only on the breasts but also on areas of your body where fat has been harvested.
You should avoid hot water, excessive heat, and excessive movement for the first week after your treatment. Many patients feel well enough to resume light activity, such as work, errands, and even exercise like walking, within three to five days of their treatment. You will be fully recovered and cleared for all activity, including intense exercise, within six weeks of your treatment.
When Will You See Results?
The results of your treatment will be immediately noticeable. Most women can see fuller, more even breast shapes during their initial recovery period, or at least within one to two weeks of treatment. Your full results will be stabilized within six months of your treatment, which is how long it will take for the transferred fat to settle in your breasts and for the effects of the PRP to wear off.
How Long Will Results Last?
It’s important to note that, like most other breast surgeries, this treatment is meant to be semi-permanent. The majority of women can expect to enjoy the results of this treatment for at least four to five years, although your results may last longer if you are younger and not at risk of losing breast volume due to the natural aging process.
Women should be aware that the results of their treatment are also dependent on how well weight is maintained. Some women will find that the overall size of their breasts after the fat transfer may change in relation to how much weight is gained or lost after the treatment. This is particularly important for women who may be planning for pregnancy, as pregnancy will change the size and shape of the breasts.
Why Should You Consider This Treatment?
There are several reasons why women may consider this breast treatment instead of other breast surgeries. The safety of the surgery, particularly the minimally invasive techniques and the low risk of scarring, are both prime examples of why women choose this treatment. Other women may prefer this treatment because it has a much shorter recovery time than other breast surgeries.
However, one of the more common reasons that women choose this surgery is the fact that it produces natural-looking results. Using your own fat to enhance the shape or size of your breasts will not change the overall composition of the breasts, which means that your breasts will move and feel natural after your recovery. This is preferable for women who do not want to use breast implants because they do not want to alter the texture of their breasts.
Who Are the Best Candidates?
Most women who are healthy enough for local anesthesia are eligible for this treatment. Good candidates for this treatment include any adult woman who has an adequate amount of body fat that can be used to harvest and transfer fat to the breasts. Good candidates also include women who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Naturally Enhance Your Breasts With Breast Fat Transfer
Enhancing, reconstructing, or augmenting the size and shape of your breasts doesn’t have to be a hugely invasive treatment – and it doesn’t have to involve unnatural implants. A breast fat transfer is a minimally invasive treatment that uses fatty tissue from your own body to improve the appearance of your breasts and help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals. If you think a breast fat transfer treatment might be a good treatment for you, please contact New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule your consultation today.