Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting)
Dr. Jennifer Walden now offers fat grafting to augment the breasts in Austin, Texas. Micro-fat grafting is an implant-free fat transfer breast augmentation technique developed by Dr. Roger Khouri of Miami, Florida. Dr. Khouri is a world-renowned expert in this technique whom Dr. Walden has learned from in the operating room. This outpatient technique is minimally invasive and has the wonderful additional benefit of liposuction. With the autologous fat transfer procedure, the patient prepares for the procedure by wearing an external expander called BRAVA while she sleeps for a few weeks. This soft gel-like brassiere gently suctions the breast area in order to create an adequately expanded matrix for the fat injections.
What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, is the process of using the patient’s own fat to increase the volume of fat in another area of their body. The fat is harvested or extracted with a liposuction cannula. They are prepared for reintroduction into the body and injected into the new part of the body where the additional bulk is used for medical or cosmetic purposes. The most common donor areas, where fat is taken from, are the stomach, thighs, and waist.
Fat Transfer Process
During the outpatient procedure, Dr. Walden removes fat from one area of your body and meticulously injects it back into the breast. These micro-fat transfers (autologous grafts) are harvested by gentle liposuction from the thighs, buttocks and stomach–wherever there is fat to spare. Even skinny patients do well with this procedure. The fat then grows within a matrix of tissue and the breasts are enlarged rather naturally while the patient receives the benefit of liposuction.
By using your own fat, your breasts can be made one to two cup sizes larger without an implant. New moms also like this procedure, since it is perfect to restore volume that normally deflates after childbirth as well as getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat via liposuction of the body after having baby. This technique is available to appropriate candidates after physical examination by the doctor; please mention it at your consultation if you are interested in learning more.
If you already have implants and have issues such as capsular contracture, thin tissues, or visible rippling, you may want to consider several other options. You may consider implant exchange with fat grafting to the breast and decolletage to help the breasts look natural and hide the implant shell; or if you are “done” with implants, then you may opt for explantation (removal of implants and any capsular scar tissue), and replacement of volume with fat transfer from areas liposuction performed on other areas of your body that you desire to be slimmer. Many women who have had older generation implants for decades opt for since when they don’t want to necessarily get new implants due to pre-existing or recurrent capsular contracture issues. Some women may have had multiple implant surgeries over their lifetime and don’t want to deal with the maintenance and check-ups involved with breast implants anymore since they are predisposed to developing recurrent bouts of capsular contracture. Sometimes a breast lift (mastopexy) is needed at the same time as explantation and fat grafting to lift the nipple-areolar complex to the desired height and make the breast “perky” again.