FAT TRANSFER TO BREASTS IN SARASOTA, FL
In the United States, the majority of breast augmentation procedures use implants to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. Some women, however, do not want to use saline or silicone implants. Others want only a small size difference. For these patients, fat transfer to the breasts may help them meet their aesthetic goals and achieve a natural, subtle difference. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alberico Sessa of Sarasota Surgical Arts offers fat transfer to the breasts as one of his many breast augmentation options to patients in the Greater Sarasota area.
WHAT IS FAT TRANSFER TO BREASTS?
Fat transfer to the breasts is a breast augmentation option that utilizes fat from one part of the body and transfer it to the breasts. A fat transfer procedure does not require a large incision because it utilizes a small needle or cannula to inject the fat into the breasts.
Unlike implants, the amount of fat transferred does not directly equal the results. Transferred fat takes time to settle in the breasts and usually a percentage of fat does not take and absorbs back into the body. This makes the procedure ideal for women not looking for very dramatic results, or those who only want to increase one or two cup sizes.
Fat transfer procedures have become increasingly popular, especially to areas like the face and buttock (aka a Brazilian buttock lift). Fat transfer to the breasts provides natural looking results without the use of implants.
Is It Safe?
Generally, breast augmentation procedures are safe when performed on ideal candidates and by a capable, board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Fat grafting comes with some risks, like any surgical procedure. Before undergoing your surgery, Dr. Sessa will review your medical history and anatomy to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure and have a low risk of complications.
Most healthy women who want to increase their breast size with fat are candidates for surgery. Along with assessing your risk, Dr. Sessa will minimize risk during surgery by using methodical, gentle liposuction and strategic placement of the fat. Few patients experience major complications after Sarasota fat transfer to the breasts surgery.
Possible Donor Sites?
The fat transferred to your breasts can come from nearly anywhere you have extra fat on your body. During your consultation, Dr. Sessa will examine the possible donor sites to determine which will enhance your fat transfer to breasts results and will provide the most viable fat. Sites that often work well for liposuction for fat transfer include:
- Flanks/ Love handles
FAT TRANSFER VS. IMPLANTS
Breast implants and fat transfer to the breasts both result in an increase in breast size. However, each method of breast augmentation provides different results and benefits to patients. Dr. Sessa can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you to determine which type of breast augmentation will best achieve your goals.
Implants–whether saline or silicone–can increase breast size dramatically, more than one or two cup sizes. Additionally, with a range of implant shapes and options, implant augmentation can enhance the shape of the breasts which can improve the projection and correct abnormalities like tuberous breasts.
Typically, implants are best suited for breast augmentation candidates who want to go up multiple cup sizes. Also, for patients who want to change the shape of their breasts, such as, making them look more round, implants often provide the best results. Modern breast implants are known to have lifetime warranties and be long lasting. Conversely, when transferred fat attaches in the breasts, it should have a long lasting effect and can be permanent. However, with weight loss or other factors, the fat may naturally change in size.
Fat transfer does not carry many of the risks and complications possible during a breast augmentation surgery. For example, capsular contracture or rupture are not possible with fat transfer to the breasts because there is no foriegn implant. For those with small breasts, certain implants can cause rippling or additional issues that fat transfer does not.
Transferring fat can enhance or correct current breast implants. For those experiencing rippling or asymmetry, fat transfer to the breasts may help disguise the implant or provide better symmetry. Some women seek a fat transfer procedure to fill in their breasts after a breast biopsy.
Overall, the breast augmentation option that will suit you will depend on what you want to gain from the procedure. If you want a smaller enhancement, fat transfer may work for you. Your body and health must also complement the procedure. Dr. Sessa will explain all of your options for augmenting your breasts and examine you to determine which will best help you.