Breast enlargement surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, and has transformed the lives of millions of women worldwide. If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, or if you have visibly asymmetrical breasts, you might be considering breast augmentation, also known as breast implant surgery.
Breast implants are popular for women who want the more traditionally feminine figure including full, firm breasts. Implants can restore the pre-pregnancy figure if breast feeding has caused the breasts to lose volume. Breast implants are also often used in reconstructive surgeries, to restore the appearance after mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Body fat for breast implants
Many women prefer not to have silicone gel or saline breast implants: Your own fat can be used to increase the size of your breasts, and improve the balance of your figure.
If you want to increase your breasts by maximum one bra size, you may be eligible for this breast augmentation surgery. This procedure is known as fat transfer breast augmentation, or fat grafting. It is also referred to as autologous breast augmentation, meaning your own fat is used.
Because your own fat is used, there is no risk of the fat causing disease and your breasts will look and feel normal once the fat has healed. Women may also prefer this procedure as the only incisions are the tiny ones used to remove the fat via liposuction, and the injection sites.
How does fat transfer breast augmentation work?
Before you have the breast enlargement surgery, you will often wear a special device to prepare your breasts for a successful fat transfer. This device—the Brava—is a suction device which you wear at night to help your breast tissues expand. It should be worn for at least a month prior to your surgery.
In addition to stretching your breast tissues and creating a space for the transferred fat, the Brava increases the blood flow to your breast. This increased blood flow will help ensure the transferred fat gets a blood supply and becomes living fat.
Excess fat cells are liposuctioned from carefully targeted areas, purified, then injected into your breasts. This surgery is therefore recommended for patients who have sufficient excess fat. At least 1,000 milliliters of pure fat is needed for the procedure.