Discover everything you need to know about a fat transfer to breasts in San Diego.
Fat Transfer to Breasts in San Diego: What You Need to Know
If you’re considering enhancing your bust line without the use of artificial implants, a fat transfer to breasts can be a highly impactful, natural looking solution. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this groundbreaking procedure.
Understanding the Concept of Fat Transfer to Breasts
The concept of a fat transfer to breasts, although sounds simple, is a clinical procedure steeped in scientific understanding. Utilising the body’s own resources, it can provide a great alternative for those seeking a more natural outcome than typical breast augmentation surgeries.
What is A Fat Transfer to Breasts?
A fat transfer to breasts involves extracting fat cells from other parts of your own body—typically the abdomen, hips, or thighs—and injecting them into the breast tissue. This is a highly individualised procedure in which the surgeon can expertly shape a more voluminous, natural-looking bust without the use of synthetic materials.
The Science Behind Fat Transfers
The science underlying fat transfers is rooted in the understanding of fat cell biology and their capacity to be ‘relocated’. The fat cells, once harvested and processed, are injections into the breast – they attach to the surrounding tissue and establish a new blood supply, resulting in long-term augmentation.
When fat cells are extracted from the donor areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs, they are carefully processed to ensure their viability and purity. This involves separating the fat cells from other substances, such as blood and connective tissue, through a process called centrifugation. The purified fat cells are then ready to be injected into the breast tissue.
Once the fat cells are injected into the breast, they undergo a process called neovascularization. This is when new blood vessels form around the transplanted fat cells, providing them with oxygen and nutrients for survival. The establishment of a new blood supply is crucial for the long-term success of the fat transfer procedure.
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Over time, the transplanted fat cells integrate with the existing breast tissue, becoming a natural part of the breasts. The fat cells also have the ability to respond to hormonal changes in the body, just like the rest of the breast tissue. This means that as a person’s weight fluctuates or they go through hormonal changes, the size and shape of the breasts may also change.
One of the advantages of a fat transfer to breasts is that it can address multiple concerns at once. In addition to enhancing breast volume, the procedure can also improve the texture and contour of the breasts. The injected fat cells can fill in any irregularities or asymmetry, resulting in a more harmonious and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
It is important to note that fat transfer to breasts is not suitable for everyone. The procedure requires an adequate amount of donor fat and healthy breast tissue to achieve the desired results. Additionally, individuals with a history of breast cancer or certain medical conditions may not be suitable candidates for this procedure. It is always best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if a fat transfer to breasts is the right option for you.
The Benefits of a Fat Transfer to Breasts
There are many reasons why more and more women are choosing a fat transfer to enhance their breasts. Not only does it utilize your natural resources, but it also comes with a plethora of other positive factors.
Natural Looking Results
Unlike traditional implants, which might have an artificial look or feel, fat-transfer-based enhancements provide a much more natural appearance and feel to the touch. This is a significant factor for many women who want to maintain a natural aesthetic.
Dual Benefits: Slimming and Enhancement
Another exciting advantage of fat transfer is that it brings dual benefits: slimming and enhancement. Unwanted fat is removed from problem areas, providing a slimming effect, while enhancing the look and feel of your breasts.
The Procedure of a Fat Transfer to Breasts
The fat transfer procedure is a two-step process, involving fat extraction followed by injection into the breasts. Let’s delve deeper into the stages.
Every successful procedure starts with an in-depth consultation with your surgeon. During this initial consultation, your surgeon will gather your medical history, discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
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The Fat Harvesting Process
In the fat harvesting phase, your surgeon will use liposuction to extract excess fat from the agreed-upon areas. This fat is then purified and prepared for injection into the breasts.
The Injection Process
In the injection phase, the surgeon will meticulously inject the purified fat cells into different areas of the breasts, aiming to achieve a beautifully balanced and natural-looking augmentation.
Recovery and Aftercare
Like any surgical procedure, there is a period of recovery and healing following a fat transfer to breasts. Specific care instructions vary depending on the exact scenario.
What to Expect Post-Procedure
Post-procedure, patients might experience some swelling, discomfort, or bruising, which subsides over time. Complete recovery usually takes a couple of weeks, but many patients resume normal activities within a few days.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Ensuring a smooth and hassle-free recovery includes following aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. This might involve taking prescribed medications, wearing special post-operative garments, avoiding strenuous activities, and scheduling follow-up appointments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Have a Breast Enhancement Procedure?
Yes, it’s called PerCup™ and it’s a natural fat transfer procedure for breast augmentation.
Can I Have This Procedure While I’m Awake?
Yes. We give you numbing creams and the technology is very gentle and painless. No general anesthesia used, and this reduces risk throughout the treatments.
Is This Procedure a Breast Lift?
This is a partial skin tightening procedure. However, it is also for shaping and filling the breasts. This does provide a lifting effect in addition to augmentation. A breast lift would involve cutting out excess skin which SculpTite doesn’t do.
Where Are Entry Points Created?
Entry points are created above and around the nipples, and under the breast crease. This is where entry points are made with the biopsy punch tool after enough fat is harvested and treated. Once healed, the entry points leave a scar only the size of a freckle.
Can the Entry Point Hide Underneath a Bikini?
Yes, the entry points are barely noticeable, and they are hidden when wearing a bikini. The biopsy punch tool makes this entry point, and it’s made in the breast crease.
The entry points are in the breast crease called the inframammary fold and is not visible with the bikini. Entry points around the nipples are visible initially but this heals quickly and appears scarless after recovery.
Does Age Affect Results?
Age doesn’t affect results. Our only requirement is that you must be over 18 years old.
How Many Cc’s May I Transfer Into My Breasts?
This depends on how much harvestable fat the patient has and account that some of the grafted fat is reabsorbed after. You may transfer as much as you want, and you can talk to your surgeon about your goals.
Does This Procedure Give You a Look That Is More Natural?
Yes, it does. SculpTite technology is very careful, precise, transfers fat with high precision, and creates a much more natural look. Breasts are mostly made of fat, so a graft procedure will allow them to look bigger, feel, and move more naturally.
Does the Fat Permanently Stay in the Breasts if You Exercise Often?
Yes, it does. After an initial reabsorption period, even with exercise or fat gain, proportions are maintained for the most part. 30% more fat must be transferred to account for the reabsorption. Results after the reabsorption is complete will be permanent even if the patient gains weight.
Does This Procedure Hurt?
No, there is very little pain as the technology is gentle and precise, however we may offer you numbing creams. The sensation is reported by patients feeling like an electric toothbrush vibration.
Will the Breasts and the Transferrable Fat Area Be Numbed Beforehand?
Yes, we numb the breast area and the transfer area beforehand.
How Long Should I Wear My Compression Bra?
You must wear it for as long as the surgeon recommends, which is usually two to three weeks after treatment.
Can I Work Out With the Bra?
Yes, you can work out with a bra, however, we tell you to wait at least two weeks first and we advise you to start taking walks sooner to aid circulation.
Will the Procedure Stretch My Areola?
Some patients experience a slight stretching in the areola and then return to normal after. The nipples may appear slightly larger but proportionate to other areas because the breasts are enlarged.
Will My Results Be Even?
Yes, SculpTite is very efficient at making symmetrical results even if your breasts were asymmetrical before the procedure and you may talk to your surgeon about any of your goals. SculpTite is very accurate and leaves no guessing to surgeons for what quantities of fat are transferred.
Our top of the line technology is used to make perfect proportional results. The rapid spin mechanism makes it so surgeons don’t have to guess the amounts of fat needed to be transferred and exact quantities are transferred with mechanical precision. We also take special care of our patient’s body goals or any asymmetries that were preexisting for perfectly balanced proportions.
How Long Is Healing Time for the Procedure?
A few months. You may return to work within 3 to 5 days of your fat transfer, and you may return to the gym after 2 weeks. You must also avoid sleeping or adding pressure to the area for two weeks. Total results can take up to 6 months to completely show.
Should I Expect Bruising and Swelling After the Breast Fat Transfer?
Yes, but it is very minimal especially compared to liposuction. These effects should dissipate within a couple weeks to a month.
Can a Patient Who Had Breast Cancer Get This Procedure?
Yes, as long as the patient’s cancer doctor approves. We can even treat only one breast to improve asymmetries and the only condition is that the area to place the fat must be free of scarring.
If I Have Silicone Implants, Can I Still Have a Fat Transfer?
You can but you will have to remove your implants before we treat you as we do not do it ourselves. We may fill the pocket where the implant was formerly residing to naturally augment breasts.
Can I Do This Before Pregnancy?
Yes. We cannot perform the procedure during pregnancy or breastfeeding, however.
Can I Breastfeed After Getting the Procedure?
Yes, you may breastfeed after the procedure as long as you have already completely recovered. Women get this procedure to help with breast sagginess after breastfeeding as well.
How Would Breastfeeding After This Procedure Affect the Shape of the Breasts?
Breastfeeding can cause breasts to sag a little. If you had a fat transfer before breastfeeding, you may experience some changes but not as much as if you didn’t have one done.
Can I Transfer Fat to the Side of or Under the Boob for a Fuller Look in Those Specific Areas?
Yes, these are goals you may discuss with your surgeon. Fat transfers with SculpTite are all fully customizable meaning that the patient may choose any part of the breast to be enhanced to their preference. We can focus on only the side of or under the breast if preferred.
If I Target My Armpit Fat and Do This Procedure Will This Tighten the Skin?
It will tighten your skin to a certain extent however, sometimes you may need a lift procedure. Targeting armpit fat helps tighten this region and you may also get an hourglass look if you have a broader upper body by removing back and armpit fat during the augmentation procedure as well.
How Many Appointments Do I Need Post Operation?
We require 3 post op appointments. First is within one week, the second after 3 months and the last six months after.
Where Can I Get the Procedure Done Near Me?
At Allurant Medical in Carmel Valley San Diego, CA. We have many skilled surgeons for your goals and needs.
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