Autoaugmentation - Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Fat transfer breast augmentation
Auto-augmentation means adding volume to the breasts from the patient’s own fat tissue taken from another part of the body.
- The procedure requires removing about 600 ml of fat from the body (belly, hips, thighs)
- Fat is removed with liposuction, cleaned and applied to the breasts through thin tubes, all in a single operation
- Up to 40% of the transferred fat may be lost in the process, but repeating the procedure stabilizes the area
- You should not wear a bra during the recovery period, only a soft undershirt, or if necessary a loose sports bra with no underwiring and very little compression
- Keep your breasts warm after the operation and avoid getting chilled
Who is a good candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation?
Please keep in mind that fat transfer is not a substitute for silicone implants and is limited in use in many respects.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is suitable for clients who are not looking for a significant increase in volume, since this method can add about one cup size. Usually the fat is added to the upper part of the breasts to draw attention to the cleavage. Fat must be transferred in small amounts to give it a good chance of integrating into the surrounding tissue. The transferred fat tissue must be evenly distributed in well perfused tissue or it will not receive the blood supply it needs, in which case it dies and the body reabsorbs it. This is why we usually perform two fat transfer procedures, as about 50% of the grafted fat survives and integrates into the breast tissue. (Statistics from other countries report up to 70%.)
Another limiting factor is that the fat must be taken from somewhere on the body that has a sufficient supply of fat, which can be a problem for women with a slim build. You may also choose to gain weight before the operation.
Modern technique for removing fat for breast augmentation
We do the fat removal using tumescent vibration liposuction, one of the most up-to-date and non-invasive liposuction techniques currently available. It results in minimal damage to fat cells, reducing swelling and bruising, and making the recovery period extremely quick.
The fat removed from one part of the body is immediately processed in special bags that filter out damaged cells from healthy, vital fat cells that can then be grafted to the breasts. This can be done using thin tubes that leave no scars.
Advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation
As the procedure is non-invasive, it can be done under local anesthesia or analgosedation, meaning you can go home the same day. Other advantages include fast healing, minimal strain on the body, and no risk of an antigen-antibody reaction (the body’s reaction to foreign, synthetic material). This procedure can often achieve two goals: removing fat from problem areas and improving the shape of the breasts at the same time.