Fat Transfer Beverly Hills

Overview on Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is a novel technique that may be used to naturally augment or accentuate the breasts.  It is essentially taking fat from one area on the body and transferring it to another area.  For example, fat can be transferred to the breasts for a natural augmentation, to correct asymmetry, assist in disguising a palpable implant or accentuate a reconstruction.  Additionally, fat can be used to rejuvenate and restore other areas of the body, such as aging hands, sagging or deflated buttocks, or defects (dimpling, indentations) from previous liposuction.

About the Procedure

To begin, donor tissue is harvested via liposuction from areas with unwanted fat, such as the thighs, abdomen, or flanks.  The fat cells are then prepared and injected into the breasts, sculpting the area to a desired shape and size.

As the transferred fat is living tissue, it will adhere to the existing cells.  Most women will retain from 50-80% of the fat from each procedure.  (Can anything be done perioperatively to increase percentage of fat that takes?)  Most procedures can increase breast size by a half to a full cup, and it can be repeated for greater results.

Depending on the breast size desired, more than one fat transfer procedure may be necessary.  On some occasions, it may be appropriate to use fat transfer along with a breast implant to obtain a fuller, voluminous chest.

During the initial postoperative period, there will be a lot of swelling in both the areas from which the fat was harvested, as well as the areas to which the fat was injected.  It is important to appreciate this, as some individuals may mistake this initial swelling for the final result.  The majority of the swelling will dissipate over the first few weeks, and at 6-months post-op, a final result can truly be observed.

The end result is subtle, yet significant, and completely natural.

BRAVA

The BRAVA system is an adjunct that can be used preoperatively for procedures involving fat transfer to the breast. This is an external suction device system that is used to help create an ideal environment for the fat once it is placed in the breast. The BRAVA device is worn for 10-14 hours per day for several weeks prior to the procedure. By providing continuous gentle suction to the breasts, it opens the breast pocket, creating a larger space for the harvested fat.

Fat Grafting for Revision and Restorative Breast Surgery

Aesthetic issues that can arise following a breast augmentation or reconstruction with implants include rippling and the ability to see or feel the implants. While adjusting or exchanging the implants, or using a dermal graft or muscle to cover the implant, may correct this, fat grafting can be a great option as well.

Additionally, fat transfer can be utilized to improve or correct contour irregularities or asymmetry following a lumpectomy or radiation for breast cancer treatment.

A consultation can guide you in determining if you are a candidate and if this is an appropriate method for you.

FAQs

Can anything be done perioperatively to increase percentage of fat that takes?

For individuals seeking breast augmentation with fat-grafting (also referred to as ‘Natural Breast Augmentation’) an external suction system, BRAVA, can be worn preoperatively to expand the breast pocket. This is theorized to establish an ideal environment for fat to be placed.

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Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS

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