Breasts come in many shapes and sizes and, due to the aging process or other external factors, tend to change their shape and/or location over time. When you don’t feel good about your breasts, it can negatively impact your self-esteem and self-confidence. At the Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, we understand your concerns and can treat your condition with a fat transfer breast augmentation.
What Is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
This is a procedure during which fat is removed from one part of your body and injected into your breasts. The process involves liposuction on an area of your body that has adequate fat deposits. Fat cells are removed from this area, sterilized, and then reinjected into your breasts to create firmer, larger, natural-feeling breasts.
Fat injections are not the only method by which you can increase the size of your breasts. The other option you have is breast implants. While both can result in larger breasts, a fat transfer breast augmentation uses your own fatty tissue to increase your bust size instead of silicone or saline implants.
How Much Fat Do You Need for a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Augmenting your breasts via fat transfer requires a certain amount of fat in the donor area. The exact amount of necessary fat will vary from patient to patient depending on their cosmetic goals. For example, a woman looking to go up one cup size will require less donor fat than someone who wants to upgrade two cup sizes.
Women who have very little excess body fat will have a hard time finding an adequate donor area from which fat can be harvested. For these women, breast implants will generally provide better results. Additionally, women with adequate donor fat deposits who are looking for a much larger bust may benefit more from implants as well as fat transfer.
What Are Some of the Common Donor Areas for Fat Transfer?
Many consider the ideal female form to be soft and curvy, with a narrow waist and wider hips. Genetics, age, and lifestyle factors all influence the shape of a woman’s body and it can be difficult to reach your cosmetic goals without one or more treatments or procedures. Below are a few of the most common areas from which donor fat can be harvested.
Men generally carry more weight in their abdomen than women do, but for some women, there is enough fatty tissue to harvest. Depending on what your cosmetic goals are, you may be able to select this area as your donor site.
Flanks (Love Handles)
Love handles tend to go hand-in-hand with significant excess belly fat – but not always. Women looking to trim their waist size down to a more desirable one can have fat removed from their flanks and injected into their breasts, thereby producing a more pleasing body contour.
Women tend to accumulate more fat in their lower body, making the thighs a common place for fat transfer. Thighs are a great place to have fat removed if you feel like your body is out of proportion and your hips or thighs are significant contributors to that condition.
Another area that makes a good candidate for fat transfer is the upper arms. Many women who gain weight, whether through pregnancy, aging, or lifestyle, experience the accumulation of fat on the upper arms. The fat that accumulates up here can get soft and jiggly faster than other areas of the body.
When fat is removed, your upper arms can look smaller, tighter, and more toned, depending on the amount of fat there to begin with.
A large, round butt is popular nowadays, making the buttocks seem like an odd place to want to have fat removed. However, everyone’s cosmetic goals are unique to them, and there are plenty of women who aren’t interested in having their buttocks enhanced but would prefer to have it reduced in size.
Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentations are common procedures because most women qualify as candidates for surgery. Not all women do, however. Below are some of the criteria necessary for breast augmentation candidates.
You Are in Good Health
No matter what your reasons for wanting to undergo fat transfer breast augmentation surgery, the most important factor in your candidacy is your health. You need to be in good health to undergo surgery, and any medical issues, no matter how benign they may be, should be disclosed to your provider along with your complete medical history.
Having a medical condition does not preclude you from candidacy. There are plenty of conditions that have nothing to do with the surgery and will not affect it at all. The only conditions your provider is concerned with are those that may complicate surgery, such as blood clotting issues or others that may inhibit healing.
You’re Looking to Correct Abnormalities in Symmetry
Asymmetrical breasts are incredibly common. Many women have breasts that are different sizes from one another to some degree, so if you think you’re the only one – think again. Fortunately, just because a lot of women have asymmetrical breasts doesn’t mean you have to.
If you’re shy or embarrassed about the difference in size between your breasts, or you just want them to be symmetrical, you can be a candidate.
You Want a Younger-Looking Contour
Aging affects your breasts in different ways. Some women experience natural breast enlargement due to increasing amounts of fatty tissue. Other women can experience sagging or deflated breasts as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Women in the latter category can benefit significantly from breast augmentation, especially if they are experiencing a loss of volume.
You’ve Lost Volume Due to Mastectomy
The main reasons a woman will undergo a mastectomy include the existence of breast cancer or as a preemptive move if breast cancer runs in the family. As you can imagine, a mastectomy seriously reduces the volume of your breasts. Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation post-mastectomy to restore them.
It should be noted that women who have undergone a mastectomy may require breast implants to fully-restore (or enlarge) their breasts. Fat transfer breast augmentation can also help in shaping the breast to fit your aesthetic requirements.
You Want to Restore Your Pre-Pregnancy Bosom
The rapid weight gain and hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can wreak havoc on your body – especially your breasts. As they fill with milk they get heavier and can begin to sag. Also, once you’re finished breastfeeding and no longer producing milk, your breasts can sag and deflate thanks to the extra tissue and stretched skin acquired during pregnancy. Additional gains in size due to weight gain can also cause your breasts to sag once the weight is lost.
You’ve Lost a Lot of Weight
If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise, good work! Weight loss can be difficult and requires a lot of dedication and consistency. However, you can’t choose where your weight comes off, and when it happens in your breasts, they can lose a moderate to significant amount of volume.
If you’ve lost weight in some places but not in others, a fat transfer breast augmentation can address both areas at once by relocating fat from an area of abundance into your breasts.
Can You Pair It With Other Procedures?
Of course! One of the great benefits of elective cosmetic surgery is that many procedures can be paired with others, therefore providing more dramatic results without having to undergo another surgical procedure down the road. Here are a few popular procedures that can be done at the same time as your breast augmentation.
The Procedure Itself Is Two-in-One
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a two-part procedure. The first part includes harvesting fat from your donor region and the second involves reinjecting it into your breasts.
This means that you can sculpt one area of your body you feel possesses too much fat and reinject it where you want it most – your breasts.
A breast lift is frequently paired with breast augmentation for women who want larger and perkier breasts. These clients often have more comprehensive cosmetic goals.
Often, women suffering from sagging, drooping, or deflated breasts will elect to undergo a breast lift as well as breast augmentation to enlarge and reposition their breasts to provide a younger-looking contour.
A tummy tuck addresses a distended abdomen that, more often than not, includes loose skin. The procedure addresses both issues by creating an incision (which is hidden in the underwear/bikini line) through which the patient’s stomach muscles are sutured into a tighter, flatter position, and excess fat and skin are trimmed from the area.
Tummy tucks and breast surgery are often paired together in a mommy makeover procedure, as pregnancy usually affects the breasts and abdomen the most.
Removing fat from your donor area is usually done via liposuction. Sometimes a patient will want more fat removed from the area than she needs to augment her breasts. In these cases, additional fat may be removed from the donor site that doesn’t get used during the augmentation process. In some cases, a patient will want more than one area treated with liposuction to provide more dramatic, stunning results.
Anyone looking to undergo more than one procedure at a time should bring it up to their provider at the initial consultation. Your ability to have two procedures performed during the same session will depend on which procedures you want, your provider’s comfort level with the procedures, and whether or not you’re healthy enough to undergo both at the same time. Some providers may suggest undergoing only one procedure at a time to decrease the amount of stress put on the body.
Can Breast Augmentation Be Used to Reduce Breast Size?
Women looking for breast augmentation aren’t all looking for larger breasts. Some women who suffer from lower back or shoulder pain as a result of their large breasts can benefit from the procedure. It’s possible to have the breasts reduced by fat removal – the same as every other part of your body. You can then choose to have the fat re-injected somewhere else or simply have it removed entirely.
For more comprehensive and robust results, a breast augmentation can be paired with other procedures, including a tummy tuck, a breast lift, or liposuction. If you’d like larger breasts and you think that fat transfer breast augmentation is right for you, call us at the Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL to schedule your consultation.