Fat transfer breast augmentation essentially uses liposuction to remove excess fat from one part of the body, like the thighs, to enhance the breasts. The procedure uses no foreign or artificial substances; it’s a more natural way to enlarge breasts. A significant amount of research has been carried out on breast augmentation using fat. It’s a great way to restore shape as well as increase volume at the same time. If you’re looking to boost volume, improve the shape and achieve natural-looking results, keep reading to start your fat transfer surgery breast augmentation UK journey.
What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery uses the patient’s own fat via liposuction to enhance and enlarge the breasts. The procedure uses lipofilling or fat grafting techniques and eliminates the need for implants to create a natural bust. If you’re self-conscious about your breast size or shape, breast augmentation can help increase self-confidence and improve the contours of the breast.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and takes up to 3 hours. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon carefully removes excess fat from unwanted areas like the thighs, stomach, or waist. The fat is then transferred to the breasts to boost volume and improve the overall shape. The surgery is split into two phases: the liposuction phase and the fat injection phase. Your surgeon will use tiny injection sites to distribute the fat evenly into your breasts.
When you think of fat injections in ‘boobs’ or breasts, it sounds very straightforward. But the process of removing, processing, and injecting the fat is complex. The precise fat injection technique is crucial to the survival of fat cells. While it’s entirely normal for some cells not to make it, an experienced cosmetic surgeon knows how to inject fat cells for optimal fat survival. You can learn more about fat cell survival in fat transfer breast augmentation in the video below from Dr Riaz Agha, at the Harley Clinic.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation UK: An Alternative to Breast Implants
One of the reasons that fat transfer is increasing in popularity as a form of breast enlargement is patients may be looking for a more slight increase in breast size. They may also wish to avoid having breast implants. This could be due to the fact that breast implants have a lifespan. Implants can last for 10-15+ years if you don’t have any problems. But, at some point, you would need to either replace or remove your breast implants.
With breast fat transfer, you don’t need any implants so; it’s thought to be a more natural approach to breast augmentation. The limitation of fat transfer to the breasts is that you won’t be able to achieve a significant size increase (over 2 cups).
What is the Recovery Time of Fat Transfer for Breasts?
You will experience some bruising and swelling in the first week or 2. This will go down as you begin the healing process. In general, full recovery can take up to 6 weeks to return to regular exercise and day-to-day activities. Although recovery tends to be quicker than breast implants, it’s a good idea to have 1 to 2 weeks off work and reduce movement until the swelling subsides. You will have some mobility in the first 48 hours, but it’s essential that you take the time to rest and recover fully, so take it easy. You can expect to see the final result in 2 to 3 months.
Combining Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift
The official name for combining breast fat transfer or breast implants with a breast lift is augmentation-mastopexy. When it comes to breast surgery, augmentation-mastopexy is a common combination because it offers several benefits to the look and feel of the breast. If you wanted a natural-looking size increase with a breast lift to put your breasts into a more youthful, perkier position, then this could be ideal for you.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Surgery?
As with any surgery, fat transfer breast augmentation comes with its own potential risks and side effects. After surgery, you will experience swelling and bruising that will ease up in a week or two. You will notice you have small scars which will fade over time.
There is a possibility that some of the fat cells will leave the breast. If this happens, you may require additional top-up appointments to achieve your desired results. Potential risks of this surgery include:
- Microcalcification (small calcium deposits)
- Death of fat cells
Breast Fat Transfer, Breast Implants, or a Breast Lift?
If you’re considering breast augmentation, no doubt you’ve been researching all the different procedures available. Sometimes it feels like there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there. If you’re interested in breast enlargement, the best way to find out which route you should take is to speak with an expert Harley Street cosmetic surgeon. If you’re looking for a significant increase in size then breast implants may be more suitable. You also have the option of combining breast implants with fat injections to the breast. This is known as hybrid breast augmentation.
Fat transfer surgery is a fantastic long-term solution for tackling fat in stubborn areas and enhancing the breasts in one treatment. Ageing, weight loss and pregnancy can all take their toll on the look and feel of your breasts. If you’re looking for a subtle, natural augmentation without using breast implants, fat transfer surgery can increase volume and improve shape.
Finding the right breast surgeon on Harley Street is crucial for creating the best fat transfer results possible. When searching for your cosmetic surgeon, make sure to evaluate their qualifications experience and read previous patients reviews. All of these will help you create a clearer picture of who will perform your surgery. After researching your cosmetic surgery clinic and surgeon, the natural next step is to have a consultation. To start your fat transfer breast augmentation UK journey, book a consultation today with Dr Riaz Agha at the Harley Clinic London.