Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation/Enlargement Surgery

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During your fat transfer breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon will inject fat into your breasts. This fat is collected using liposuction which extracts fat from various parts of the body. The entire process will take around 4 to 5 hours. Many women opt for breast augmentation through fat transfer if they are looking for a smaller change in cup and want to achieve a more natural look. This breast augmentation procedure will increase the size of your breasts by around one cup. It is also a great option if you are looking to decrease fat in other areas of the body. The surgery will change your body contours and potentially into a figure you prefer. Not only can it increase the size of your breasts, but it can also smooth areas that may have become droopy or uneven. Before jumping in and going ahead with the surgery, there are a few things you need to know about the process and what the surgeon does during the procedure.

Before the Procedure

First, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss your goals from the surgery. You may not know whether to go with fat transfer or implants. The surgeon will ask you questions and talk to you about your situation so that they can make the correct recommendation for you. They will also discuss the differences as well as positive and negative aspects of each treatment option. This will help you make an informed decision about which procedure to go with. Once an appointment is set, you can then start preparing for your surgery. During this time it is good to aim to be as healthy as possible. Your body will need to be in a healthy state to ensure that you have a fast and smooth recovery.

Your surgeon will also discuss whether you will need to be under general or local anaesthesia. This varies from patient to patient. If you have been under general anaesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home after your surgery so it is best to prepare this in advance. This is because the anaesthetic will leave you more tired than normal so it can affect your concentration. Therefore, you won't be dismissed from the clinic without the company of a friend or family member. They should also stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery, whilst the anaesthetic remains in your body. This is because you could be feeling drowsy so it is best to have someone keep an eye on you and help you out during this time.

The Procedure

The entire treatment will be performed under general or local anaesthesia depending on your specific case. Liposuction is used to remove fat from almost any part of the body. You will discuss this with your surgeon during the consultation and find out which area is most suitable for you. You may want it to be taken from the thighs, buttocks, stomach, hips, arms, lower back and many other areas. This will, of course, also depend on where the fat on your body is stored. If you don't have much fat around the arms, for example, having liposuction here will be ineffective. This is different for all women and varies with age, health and genetics. Many women that opt for this treatment have tried to lose fat in these areas through exercise and dieting but haven't had the results you wanted. This is a great opportunity to reduce fat in areas that you don't like. Your surgeon will use a needle to suck the fat out from the area that you choose to take it from. However, before doing this they will place a cannula (a hollow thin tube) beneath the skin and move it back and forth to dislodge the fat. A syringe or surgical vaccum that is attached to the cannula will then be used to extract the fatt. You will discuss all of this with your surgeon as well as how much fat needs to be taken out as this depends on how much of a breast size increase you want. This part of the procedure will take between 1 and 2 hours.

Once the fat is collected, it is then separated from blood and any other fluids in order to prepare it for injection. To do this, the surgeon will allow the fluid to sit and eventually the fat will separate itself. A finer needle is then used to inject the fat into your breasts. The surgeon will do this in a few areas on your breasts in order to shape them, giving the look that you asked for. This second part of the surgery will take around 2 hours.

After the Procedure

After this, some bruising and swelling may come up and the surgeon may suggest that you wear a compression garment for a while to minimise this. You will also experience some pain as the anaesthesia wears off but the surgeon may prescribe you with medication for this. If you are worried about the surgery or recovery being painful, discuss this with your surgeon and they will provide you with further guidance and options. However, your recovery will only take around 1 to 2 weeks as the injections are only small (although the swelling can stay for longer). During this time it is best to minimise upper body movement so that your injections can heal without disruption. You should also rest as much as you need and it may be an idea to take a few weeks off work to ensure that you recover well.

Guide to Breast Augmentation/Enlargement using a Transfer of Fat