Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure to enhance both the shape and size of the breasts, either using silicone implants or body fat or both. Breast augmentation using fat transfer makes use of the unwanted fat present in specific parts of your body to improve the shape and size of your breasts.
Liposuction is used to suction out some of the unwanted pockets of fat from your body. This suctioned fat is then purified using the PUREGRAFT SYSTEM before being inserted into your breasts to enhance their shape and make them look fuller. The surgery has a very high patient safety and satisfaction rate and is an excellent option for you if you want a subtle and more natural-looking increase in your breast size. This process does not require you to put foreign implants into your body.
Dr Mark Doyle offers several breast augmentation techniques that also includes the fat transfer technique. As an accomplished Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Queensland, Dr Doyle can provide you with a caring and supportive environment, with decades of experience to help you achieve your desired breasts through the PUREGRAFT fat transfer technique.
Am I a good candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
You might be a good candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation if:
- You have reasonable expectations about the results of surgery.
- You are in a good state of physical and mental health
- You have an abundance of unwanted fat in your body, which can be transplanted to improve your breasts.
- You want a small increase in your breast size. You are looking for subtle enlargement of your breasts of about one to two cup sizes.
- You want to enhance the appearance of your cleavage.
- You are willing to quit smoking before the surgery until complete recovery.
Dr Doyle will help you set realistic expectations by showing you several before and after photos and will also show what the changes may look like in you using 3D planning tools. This session will help you get a rough idea of how the results may look; however, it is not 100% accurate as different factors may vary the outcome. It is essential to consult with your surgeon before the operation to know if fat transfer to breasts would be suitable for you. Book a consultation with Dr Doyle now to find out if you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation through fat transfer.
What are the benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation surgery?
- It gives you a more natural-looking breast expansion of about one to two cup sizes. This change is subtle and ideal if you are not looking for very large breasts.
- Scarring after the procedure is minimal.
- It helps improve your body proportions by enhancing how the breast and cleavage look.
- It also helps remove excess stubborn fat, which is usually resistant to traditional fat removal methods from the donor site. This fat is then transferred to the site to add volume where it is required.
- The results of the procedure can give you a notable boost in your self-confidence and any self-image issues you might have had due to your natural breast size.
- Fat transfer can be combined with breast implant removal surgery to help you retain your breast fullness.
- In comparison to breast enlargement by implant addition, fat transfer breast enlargement is linked with fewer risks and shorter recovery periods.
There are numerous things to consider when deciding to undergo the procedure. Dr Doyle will discuss various alternatives to fat transfer breast enlargement during your initial consultation. He will examine your breasts and prospective sites for fat removal to confirm if you have enough fat for the results you desire to obtain from the fat transfer technique.
During the consultation at our clinic on the Gold Coast, Dr Mark will discuss the steps associated with the surgery, recovery, and risks associated with it. Questions that you might have about the surgery itself will be answered by Dr Doyle himself, which will help you set rational expectations regarding the procedure.
What is involved in a breast augmentation procedure by fat transfer?
Breast augmentation by fat transfer is a cosmetic surgical procedure that both increases and enhances the shape and size of the breasts using fat cells from various parts of the body, which are in surplus amount. It is an effective way of transferring unwanted fat from your body to the breast. This procedure involves liposuction, a process to remove fat cells from various parts of your body, like the stomach, hips, thighs, or buttocks, or area where there is excess fat, and inject them into the breasts to enhance the size and look of your breasts.
This procedure takes longer than a traditional breast augmentation technique. It takes more time as the removed fat must be removed, refined, and re-injected correctly into the breasts for an aesthetic and natural-looking result. Often on slimmer patients, the fat is harvested from several areas. The most common sites are the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks and buttocks. Numerous small inconspicuous incisions are made for the procedure, so scarring associated is usually minimal.
The following steps outline the various stages of the procedure
Anaesthesia can be performed using local anaesthesia, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia; Most commonly general anaesthesia is the preferred form of anaesthetic. Dr Mark will recommend the best anaesthetic for you depending on your health, and size of the liposuction that will be necessary to achieve your desired result.
Small, inconspicuous incisions are made around the predetermined target site from where fat is to be removed. Local anesthetics are injected around the site to reduce discomfort and bleeding. A thin cannula is inserted through the incision and moved in a back-and-forth motion to make the fat cells lose and dislodge them. These dislodged fat cells are suctioned out purified, and the small incisions are stitched.
The amount of fat removed and areas needing liposuction are determined by the patient.
3. Fat purification and fat transfer through PUREGRAFT
Once the fat is removed it is then concentrated and purified using the PUREGRAFT technique by Dr Doyle. PUREGRAFT technique is a revolutionary fat purification and transfer technique known to consistently remove 97% of excess components from the extracted fat. Dr Doyle uses this technique as it provides long-term retention to your grafted fats and dismisses inconsistencies and unpredictability that other fat transfer techniques are usually associated with. The multiple filtration system present on the PUREGRAFT removes all the contaminants like blood, oil and fluids that would generally be present in a traditional technique giving a far superior fat while ensuring that it remains sterile the entire time.
The purified fat will then be deposited in the predetermined area of your breast in a 4-step process through the PUREGRAFT system. Under local anesthetic, fat cells will be injected superficially into the tissues rich in blood supply through multiple small inconspicuous incisions. A rich supply of blood is crucial for fat survival as the extracted fat cells will not have a blood supply of their own. The injection needle is inserted and withdrawn from the area multiple times. Each time your surgeon withdraws the needle, a layer of fat is deposited in the natural planes of your tissue. After the desired breast size and shape are achieved, then the incisions are sealed, and dressings applied to the sites of the fat graft.
When in the body, all fat has a blood supply. When fat is removed there is no longer any blood supply to the fat cells. The technique relies on the fat cells getting a blood supply when they are transferred into the breasts. Normally not all of the fat receives a blood supply and therefore some of the fat cells transferred don’t survive and are removed by the body. The percentage of fat surviving depends on multiple factors. It is usually is between 70 – 80%.
For this reason, Dr Doyle routinely transfers a little more fat than is necessary on each side knowing that some of the fat will absorb.
If the fat ‘takes’ differently from one breast to the other, then this may lead to asymmetry of the breasts. Dr Doyle has facilities in his office to perform small fat transfers under local anaesthetic if it is necessary to ‘top-up’ one side or the other. If necessary, this is done 3 months or more following the initial surgery.
4. Post-Op recovery
After the surgery, you may develop discomfort and soreness at both sites of the liposuction and your breasts, which will gradually fade away over a few days.
Most patients go home from the hospital the same day but occasionally you may need to stay in John Flynn Private Hospital overnight. You will be given pain killers to take as needed and your breasts will be supported in a bra. Any area that had liposuction will require a pressure garment to minimize post-operative swelling.
How long does it take to recover from a fat transfer breast augmentation?
You must rest and heal in a calm and relaxing environment for proper recovery. Physical movements should be minimal and demanding activities should be abstained. Recovery is usually quick. But you may have to wear a compressive bra for about six weeks. This helps reduce swelling and accelerates wound healing.
Sleeping or sitting with your upper body raised by about 30 degrees helps reduce swelling and facilitates early wound healing during the first week after surgery. After about a day or two of the surgery, day-to-day and less demanding activities can be done. Post-operative swelling subsides gradually over about a week, after which you can continue working comfortably. Indulging in strenuous exercises and swimming can occur about six weeks post-operatively.
You can resume driving when you move freely and comfortably. Breast massages should be avoided for six weeks following the surgery as it may dislodge the transferred fat cells in the breasts.
You must stop smoking 6 weeks before and after your surgery as smoking is associated with delayed healing and poor take of the fat cells. Usually, complete recovery and final results of the procedure will be noticeable after about twelve weeks.
Why choose Dr Mark Doyle?
Dr Mark Doyle is a highly skilled and accomplished specialist plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He puts his patient’s safety and wellbeing as his priority and approaches every case with up-to-date knowledge and highly innovative techniques. He performs fat transfer breast augmentation through the PUREGRAFT fat transfer system, which helps achieve more fat retention (of up to 60%) in your breasts giving you longer-lasting outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth getting undergoing fat transfer breast augmentation?
It can be worth getting fat grafting if:
- You are healthy with adequate fat stores.
- You want natural and subtle enlargement of your breasts.
- You have sensible expectations about the outcome of fat transfer.
- Your breast size is causing you to have concerns related to self-image.
How much will breast augmentation by fat transfer surgery cost?
Breast augmentation by fat transfer is a highly individualised plastic surgical procedure; the amount of fat to be transferred depends upon your requirements and larger breasts will need more time for fat harvest, preparation and transfer; hence the cost is different for different women. The fees of the anesthetist and the hospital are included in the final payment. Since this is a purely cosmetic procedure done it would normally not attract a Medicare rebate. If the procedure is being done for breast asymmetry, then Medicare rebates may apply.
To receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on fat transfer to breasts, schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle. You can access our list of pricing resources to find about more about the cost of breast augmentation using fat transfer surgery:
Where and how is the fat obtained?
The fat to be transferred to your breast comes from fat deposits in your own body. It is usually extracted from your tummy, hips, thighs, or buttocks as usually, these sites have adequate fat stores. Fat cells are taken from these sites by the process of liposuction.
Is a sports bra useful after fat transfer breast augmentation?
The use of a sports bra following fat transfer breast augmentation provides some support to the recently operated breast and promotes wound healing. You should wear these provided supportive garments for about six weeks following surgery for the best results.
What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation over traditional methods of breast augmentation using breast implants?
Breast augmentation using fat transfer helps you get a more subtle and natural look to your breast. There is no need to use foreign material to increase breast size as fat from your body is used. It has a shorter recovery period and is associated with minimal scarring when compared to breast implant surgeries.
Am I too young or too old to undergo breast augmentation surgery using fat transfer?
Irrespective of your age, if you feel you can benefit from breast augmentation through fat transfer, you should schedule a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. However, surgeons recommended that you should only opt for the surgery after reaching 18 years of age when your breasts have reached their final size. It also is recommended that you wait until you have completed your family to undergo the procedure as pregnancy as breastfeeding after the surgery will affect the long-term results.
What are the potential risks of breast augmentation through fat transfer?
Breast augmentation through fat transfer is a much safer surgery than that requiring implant placement, but it has its potential risks and complications. It is crucial to understand that no surgery is risk-free; knowing the potential risks before undergoing the procedure will help you take the appropriate steps to avoid them.
Any surgical procedure carries some risk of infection, severe bruising, or adverse reaction in response to anaesthetics. In breast augmentation surgery through transferring fat, there is the possibility of complications related to liposuction. Possible risks include:
- Fat necrosis
- Excessive bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Unsatisfactory results and need for implant placement.
The procedure is not ideal for you if you are looking for large changes in your breast size.
Is it possible to have some breast asymmetry following the procedure?
When in the body, all fat has a blood supply. When fat is removed there is no longer any blood supply to the fat cells. The technique relies on the fat cells getting a blood supply when they are transferred into the breasts. Normally not all of the fat receives a blood supply and therefore some of the fat cells transferred don’t survive and are removed by the body. The percentage of fat surviving depends on multiple factors. It is usually is between 70 – 80%. If the fat takes differently from one breast to the other, then this may lead to asymmetry of the breasts. Dr Doyle has facilities in his office to perform small fat transfers under local anaesthetic if it is necessary to ‘top-up’ one side or the other. If necessary, this is done 3 months or more following the initial surgery.
Book a consultation to find out if breast augmentation with your fat cells is right for you. Book a consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle on the Gold Coast.