Autologous fat transfer or breast fat transfer is gaining increasing popularity as it is considered as a more natural option for increasing size of breast than implants. Technique and technology has made it possible for women to undergo breast augmentation surgery without having to place implants. You can get fat removed from any part of your body and transfer it to the breasts.
How does breast fat transfer work in breast augmentation surgery?
The first step in this procedure is the extraction and preparation of the fat from the patient’s own body. This basically is liposuction on those parts of the body that you want to shed off fat so that you can get it moved to your breasts. After this, harvested fat is purified through filtering and centrifugal method for removing the blood and fluid so that only fat cells are left.
Then the surgeon injects those fat cells into your breasts. They have to work for regaining the blood supply and joining other existing living fat cells in your breasts. If they are not able to find the apt blood supply, they would die and your body would absorb them.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of breast fat transfer?
To begin with, there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be transferred in each procedure. It helps in controlling the size each time a patient undergoes the knife. According to studies and research done, you can go up one cup size in one procedure. Thus, depending on how big breast size you want, you might require more than one fat transfer process. This particular procedure is much better an option for those women who want only a small increase in breast size. second, the procedure might not be easy for thin women as they have limited body fat so it might become difficult for the surgeon to find enough for the procedure.
As stated above, one important thing to take into consideration is that with breast fat transfer, not all the transferred fat would be successful in implanting into the breast and would be reabsorbed into the body. Each patient is different thus you better be prepared for this too. This is also the reason why some women prefer undergoing second breast fat transfer procedure after the first.
It is estimated that nearly seventy percent of the inserted fat would remain in the breast a year after the procedure. Any non-survival or reabsorption of transferred fat is evident within three months. It is primarily because of this reason that it is prudent to schedule second procedure for increase in breast size to around three months after the first procedure. The search is being done continually to increase the rate of fat transfer survival.
The appeal of breast fat transfer is that it uses your own fat tissue and thus would appear more natural than artificial implants. Yet another bonus is that you do not have any type of foreign material into your body thus the peril of BIA-ALCL, capsular contraction and other side effects of silicone or saline do not exist.