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Fat Transfer to the Breasts
Fat transfer to the breasts, also known as lipomodelling, lipofilling or a natural breast enhancement, is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to breast augmentation with implants.
A fat transfer breast augmentation is suitable for those women that want to subtly enhance the shape and size of the breasts as it can boost volume by one cup size typically. For a more significant increase, Mr Juling Ong will recommend breast implants.
Fat transfer can also be used to correct asymmetry. Sometimes fat transfer can be used in combination with implants in a procedure known as a hybrid breast augmentation which allows Mr Ong to sculpt the breasts to achieve the optimal result.
There are a number of risks associated with breast implants; capsular contracture is one of the most common complications to this surgery as the body reacts to a foreign material by forming a hard capsular around the implant. Breast implants are not a lifetime device so you will usually require a repeat procedure at some point.
Fat transfer to the breasts, therefore, can be the perfect solution for those women that want a subtle enhancement using their own tissue. Fat that successfully transfers to the breasts will remain permanently as long as a healthy weight if maintained. The area where the fat has been removed, known as the donor site, will also see better definition which can be very appealing.
During the fat transfer to the breasts, Mr Juling Ong will usually harvest the fat from the abdomen or thighs using the liposuction technique. The fat is then purified to remove any impurities before it is inserted into the breasts.
The breasts are usually ‘overfilled’ as a certain amount of fat is always reabsorbed by the body, so it will take six months before you will see the full results.
Fat transfer can produce a very natural, subtle enhancement to the breasts, but it is not suitable for every woman; during your consultation with Mr Juling Ong will discuss both the benefits as well as the possible drawbacks of the procedure so you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks of a natural breast augmentation?
Even though a natural breast augmentation is considered less invasive than an enhancement with implants, there are still general and specific risks that Mr Juling Ong will explain to you during the consultation. Every procedure performed under a general anaesthetic carries some risk. There is also the risk of bleeding, wound infection and poor wound healing in both the donor and graft site.
As with any cosmetic breast surgery, there may be changes in sensation in the nipples and breast. There may also be a degree of asymmetry after the fat transfer procedure. You may also require a repeat procedure as not all the fat will graft in the breasts.
What is the recovery like after a fat transfer to the breasts?
Typically, this is a very well-tolerated procedure with only a small degree of discomfort and stiffness felt for the first few days after surgery. Obviously, you’ll experience this is both the breasts and the area where the fat is harvested. Mr Juling Ong will advise you to wear a compression garment in the donor area to reduce swelling as well as surgical bra to support the breasts.
How long will my results last?
Generally, the results of your fat transfer to the breast will be permanent, but the transplanted fat will be subject to the same body changes so it’s important that you maintain your weight. There may also be a change to the appearance of the breasts due to the natural ageing process.