Breast augmentation with your own fat is an ideal way to shape your body

Breast size and fullness have a huge impact on a woman's self-confidence. Factors such as weight loss, breastfeeding, pregnancy or age changes can cause the breasts to lose shape and look empty. Many women have naturally small breasts. For many years, women have been dreaming about how to move excess fat from the waist or hips to the chest, increasing it. Fortunately, scientific and technological advances are now turning this fantasy into reality!

Although breast implants and mastopexy are popular breast augmentation techniques, not all women want to undergo major surgery under general anesthesia.

Breast augmentation with autologous fat is a minimally invasive method of breast correction.

This procedure is ideal for women who want to add shape and volume to their breasts while at the same time removing localized obesity on other parts of the body. For some patients, this form of body shaping may be the only way to achieve the ultimate goal of a slim figure.

Breast augmentation involves the removal of adipose tissue from fat pockets in different parts of the body and the transfer of fat to the breast area. The method is autologous (autologous) fat transplantation, and in recent years it has gained popularity as a new method of breast reconstruction. In this case, liposuction removes fat from other parts of the body (thighs, abdomen and buttocks). Adipose tissue is then processed and injected into the breast area.

The use of autologous fat allows women to increase breast size with a completely natural alternative to breast implants - autologous fat cells. This procedure is also known as autologous breast augmentation fat transplantation. Another form of fat transplantation (lipofilling) has been used for several years to correct subtle differences in the shape, balance or position of a reconstructed breast relative to another. Because the method was successful, doctors speculated that they would be able to regain the entire breast by transferring fat. In addition, the use of fat allows the reconstruction of the shape of the mammary glands after tumor removal or mastectomy, as well as hiding the edges or nervousness of existing implants.

Surgeons can also combine fat injections with mastopexy to improve the natural appearance of the breast, even without implants.

Adipose tissue contains stem cells. Stem cell augmentation is another name for the procedure of transferring fat tissue to the mammary glands.

Are you suitable for breast augmentation with fat injections?

This procedure is ideal for many women who are considering breast augmentation but do not want to use implants. However, fat cell transplantation is suitable for women who want to enlarge their breasts by at most one full size. In addition, there must be fat deposits on the body from which fat will be taken for transplantation into the mammary glands.

The procedure is not recommended if:

  • want a significant increase in breast size;
  • not enough fat on the body for transplantation;
  • Your chest needs lifting;
  • you are thinking about getting pregnant next year.

Preparation for the procedure

During the first consultation, the surgeon will assess the anatomical contours of the body. Areas of excess adipose tissue may include the outer thighs, inner thighs, abdomen, and lumbar region. The surgeon will identify the areas that are best used for gaining fat, as well as for shaping the body.

The best results of fat transplantation are achieved when transplanted fat cells are placed in tissues with a rich blood supply. Therefore, many surgeons recommend wearing a Brava® device or other type of breast expander 4 or more weeks before fat injections and a few weeks after the procedure. An external dilator will prepare the body to create the right conditions for fat injection. Expander pressure will help the body naturally create new tissue and blood vessels in the chest.

Order of procedure

Breast augmentation involves two procedures performed on the same day. Liposuction allows you to collect fat cells, and after careful preparation, the collected fat is injected into the mammary glands.

breast augmentation with fat

The procedure begins with minimally invasive liposuction to extract fat from a selected part of the patient’s body. Liposuction is usually done manually under local anesthesia and does not require any incisions. Fragile adipose tissue must be carefully collected.

The collected fat is centrifuged to separate unwanted components. The purification process involves the elimination of lipids, anesthetics and medical fluids from fats in order to obtain healthy fat cells deprived of other tissue.

This method reduces the likelihood of transferring unwanted fat materials and induces stem cell activation. Stem cells will enable continuous renewal of transplanted adipose tissue.

After processing, fat cells are carefully injected with dozens of small injections into the breast tissue, between the chest wall and the breast skin. Similar to the 3D matrix, this approach helps the surgeon carefully shape the breast to create volume and definition.

Stem cells can play an important role in increasing the blood supply to adipose tissue after transplantation.

Breast augmentation with fat injection takes much longer than traditional methods. These two procedures (selection and distribution) usually take more than 3-4 hours.

The benefits of breast augmentation with fat

The advantages of this innovative technique over breast implants are listed below.

  1. Instead of foreign implant material, the body's own tissues are used, so there is no risk of rejection or allergic reactions.
  2. Fat is removed from areas where you do not want it (thighs, buttocks, waist).
  3. Many plastic surgeons perform fat transplants through a series of tiny injections in different areas of the breast. The breasts take on their optimal natural shape. It also helps to correct any bumps or asymmetries.
  4. The procedure involves only small holes from liposuction and injection, which reduces the possibility of scarring.
  5. Fat injections can be used to mask implants in the breast that do not look natural.
  6. Although fat breast augmentation has its risks, the risks of implant rupture, capsule contracture, and implant rotation are eliminated.
  7. There is no need to "maintain" implants - breast implants usually need to be replaced (after 10-20 years), while fat transplants are long-lasting.
  8. One of the biggest benefits of fat injections is faster recovery times compared to traditional breast augmentation surgery.
before and after breast augmentation fat

Possible risks and disadvantages of the procedure

Disadvantages of fat transplantation include the lack of large clinical trials with a long-term perspective, since the method has only been used since 2009.

The fat injection procedure cannot enlarge the breasts by more than one size.

Therefore, if women want a significant change in the size of the mammary glands, they may need more than one procedure, which will take longer than the use of implants or mastopexy. In addition, multiple treatments increase the cost of treatment compared to the traditional method.

fat cells for breast augmentation

It is important to know that in many cases fat injected into the breast area can be absorbed into the body over time and the breasts can lose volume. Therefore, some plastic surgeons may initially add more fat than the patient thinks is necessary.

Because fat stem cells can stimulate the growth of other cells, some doctors are concerned that fat injected into the breast could cause the growth of dormant breast cancer cells. Serious research is needed to test this hypothesis.

Some fat cells may die (become necrotic) after transplantation. Symptoms of necrosis may include pain, bleeding, blue or black skin, numbness, fever, discharge, or pus.

Although the risks of the procedure are minimal compared to major breast augmentation surgeries, there may be side effects. Some potential complications may include:

  • texture heterogeneity;
  • wavy surface of the mammary glands;
  • cyst formation.