Fat Transfer vs Breast Implants

Patients are Choosing to Undergo Fat Transfer Natural Breast Augmentation in Lieu of Implant Surgery.

Are you considering breast augmentation? You may be researching implants – but did you know that they’re not your only option? Many patients are choosing to undergo fat transfer breast augmentation in lieu of implant surgery. Dr. Johnson performs many fat transfer breast augmentations at Innovations Medical and loves to explain when a fat transfer is a better option than implants for some patients looking to change their breasts. He tackles this very topic in this blog.

Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting for Breast

Known as Natural Breast Augmentation, it is a great option for patients who are simply looking to regain lost volume and firmness. Breast volume, firmness, and shape change greatly after a significant weight loss or after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Fat transfer breast augmentation allows patients to achieve the look they want, without some of the significant downtime and risks of complications of a breast implant or lift surgery. The fat transfer or fat grafting procedure works by removing fat from one area of a patient’s body, processing in order to remove impurities and concentrate the fat cells, and re-injecting the fat into the breasts.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Dr. Johnson begins with choosing an area that has your unwanted fat. The fat is harvested via awake liposuction known as tumescent liposuction. It is done completely while you are awake using local anesthetic and mild sedation. Dr. Johnson performs the procedure in the office and special techniques are used to treat the fat sterilely.

Once the fat is processed and the fluids removed, Dr. Johnson is left with natural filler from your own body that can be re-injected into your breast tissue. Since most of the breast tissue is made up of fat, the end result looks and feels natural.

Results You Can Expect from Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation

Results of fat transfer look very natural in comparison to most breast implants and have a normal feel or texture. This is because the breasts are already made up of mostly fat. Breast implant texture may vary, as implants have the potential to harden. As natural breast augmentation uses fat from the patient’s own body, there is no chance of a reaction, rejection or encapsulation, a condition in which the body forms a barrier around a foreign object implanted under the skin.

The shape of breasts augmented through natural fat transfer is very natural, whereas the shape of breasts changed with implants is dictated by the implant. However, the final shape of the breast is more consistent with implants. Some breast implant surgery leads to rippling that may appear through the skin and may lack the drape of breasts augmented through fat transfer. The drape of the breast is how the breasts hang naturally on the frame, and drape that looks unnatural may cause patients to feel self-conscious.  Naturally augmented breasts may sag over time as breasts do, while implants do not sag.

Patients who are considering undergoing natural breast augmentation should also be aware that weight fluctuations after the procedure impact the size of the breasts. For example, weight gain would possibly increase the breast size, while weight loss could decrease the breast size in some patients. This is in contrast to augmentation performed with implants, in which the breast size is not seriously impacted by weight changes.

Another consideration to make is one of maintenance. It is recommended that both silicone gel and saline implants are replaced every ten to fifteen years for both health and aesthetic reasons. If you want to avoid surgery for removal, natural breast augmentation may be the best solution for you.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting?

  • Women with a large A to double D cup size that want an increase in the size of their breasts.
  • Women who do not like how the top portion of their clothes fit.
  • Women who have experienced droopiness of the breast after pregnancy, weight loss, or just the result of aging.
  • Women with one breast larger than the other breast.
  • Women who have breast implants removed for capsule formation or leakage

Who is NOT a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

  • Women with breast implants in place.
  • Women with very small breasts (less than a full A cup) as the skin does not allow enough fat to be placed around the breast.
  • Women with extremely droopy breasts. For example: if the breast overlaps the skin underneath by more than four (4) inches.
  • Extremely slender women that do not have adequate fat to harvest from other body areas.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost?

Pricing depends on the number of body areas a patient wants to remove fat from.  At Innovations Medical, most patients opt to get the flat fee Mommy Makeover package.  The mommy makeover breast package includes Liposuction and Skin Tightening in the Upper Abdomen, Lower Abdomen, and Lateral Abdomen (Lovehandles), plus Breast Fat Transfer with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).  In addition to this, patients also receive free extra of their choice.  Patients can add a free area of liposuction or upgrade and add a free Brazilian Butt Lift if they like.  The combinations are endless and each Mommy Makeover is different. Innovations Medical performs these procedures at both Dallas and Fort Worth locations. 

Do you have questions about natural breast augmentation and if it is right for you? Call Dr. Johnson for a consultation at 214-643-8665.