What is Breast Fat Transfer
Breast fat transfer is a popular surgical procedure that helps transform a woman’s breasts, from contouring and symmetry to shape and volume enhancement, thus leading to increased self-confidence and overall satisfaction. Fat transfer surgery also known as lipofilling has increased by 12% since 2017; it is one of the biggest increases in surgical procedures for women in the UK.
At Suffolk Breast Practice, your health is our top priority. We will endeavour to provide you with the highest standard of care and advice to ensure you are happy with your results. Here, we outline how a breast fat transfer (liposuction) works and provide you with the relevant information to help you make your decision.
Lipofilling is a good option for women who wish to alter the appearance of their breasts, providing they have fat in any unwanted areas that can be used to reconstruct the breast. A breast transfer, or fat grafting, enables the removal of unwanted fat from a specific area, such as the thighs or belly, to be injected into the breasts. The operation also has the benefit of using your own tissue to reshape the breast, as opposed to using implants.
Alternative surgery designed to enhance the breasts include breast augmentation surgery, which is without fat transfer and breast lift surgery. If you would like to find out more about these procedures or you are unsure which operation is best suited for your needs, visit our blogs to read more or contact us on 07908 447 568 for more information.
How Breast Fat Transfer works
The operation will take place under general anaesthetic. Incisions will be made to remove the unwanted fat from the specified area by liposuction. The fat cells will then be processed and injected into your breast to reconstruct them as necessary. Your body will naturally absorb the injected fat and your breasts will appear fuller as a result. The procedure will be explained during the initial consultation which will enable you to make an informed decision for consent, and you will be assessed to ensure you are fit to undergo the surgery.
A breast fat transfer can help women who are seeking an increase in breast size or an improvement in their breasts’ symmetry. However, the amount of fat we are able to transfer depends on each patient. Furthermore, as with any operation, there are risks involved. It is possible to develop a breast infection as a result of the operation and you may experience other complications, such as a haematoma, which is blood underneath the skin or, hypertrophic scarring. Some of the fat might be lost with time which is about 30% of the volume injected, and contour defects on the donor site can occur.
It must be stressed, however, that a breast fat transfer is typically a safe procedure and any risks will be discussed prior to your surgery.
Breast Fat Transfer
Following your surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising around the affected areas. Scarring is also likely, although these should fade over time. It is also possible to experience some numbness as a result of necrosis, which is the loss of some of the fat tissue injected into the breast. If you are experiencing any complications following surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us to ensure you receive the best care and advice possible.
You will need to wear compression garments and a supportive bra for several weeks after the operation to help with healing and bruising.
We advise against engaging in any strenuous physical activity following surgery, and to take as much rest as necessary. You can also try sleeping upright, supported by pillows, to help reduce the swelling. Medication can be prescribed to ease any pain you may be experiencing. It is important to book a follow-up appointment to ensure the recovery process is transpiring as planned.
To book an appointment for consultation, please contact us. Suffolk Breast Practice offer a non-judgemental and impartial service to meet your needs. We understand going for surgery can induce feelings of anxiety, which is why we offer an empathetic service that is sensitive to your individual circumstance.