What is Fat Grafting to Breast?
Fat grafting to breast is a method of augmenting the breast size using the patient’s own body fat. This replaces the need for a breast implant, and recovery is much faster and less painful. An added benefit of the fat grafting to breast procedure is that you will have fat harvested from other areas of your body that have fatty deposits, removing the fat from those areas.
In addition to increasing the size of the breast, fat grafting to breast is often used in reconstructive breast surgery following treatment for cancer.
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
Just be aware that breast implants are not designed to last over a lifetime. You need to have annual exams by Dr. Jimerson to monitor the health of your breasts and the integrity of the implants. You may need to have the implant replaced in time.
Different factors can impact the implants, like aging, weight change, gravity and hormonal changes.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for a fat grafting to breast procedure. They include:
- Your breasts are very small in proportion to your body
- You have available fat at a donor site, like the abdomen or thighs
- You don’t desire a large increase in size to your breasts
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
• You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
During the first week following your procedure you will experience swelling and bruising, which can be significant. In the second week the bruising will subside, but there will still be swelling present.
You’ll notice a lot of improvement between the seventh and tenth days. Most patients take one week off, with a weekend on either side, but if you can take two weeks off, do it. During the third week you’ll look and feel much better.
You’ll be able to see results immediately, but the final results won’t be visible for months – until all the swelling subsides.
The first part of the procedure is fat harvesting, where the fat is taken from one part of your body and then purified. A small incision is made at the donor site and fat is removed using suction and a cannula. Fat is then purified, sometimes using a centrifuge or filtration process in order to remove any impurities.
Fat is then transferred to the breast using fine needles, which are inserted multiple times. The placement is done very meticulously to follow the natural tissue contours. This step is done repeatedly until the desired amount of augmentation is obtained.
Sutures will be placed at the donor incision sites and covered with bandages.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks of the procedure may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Bruising • Hematoma • Changes in sensation • Scarring • Damage to underlying tissues
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
What happens prior to the fat grafting to breast surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Fat grafting: also called fat transfer, is taking fat from one area of the body and grafting it (injecting it) into another area of the body
Local anesthetic: an injection using medications like lidocaine to eliminate pain in a specific area of the body
Cannula: an instrument used by Dr. Jimerson to suction out fat from the donor site
Donor site: the area of the body where fat will be taken, such as the abdomen, love handles, flank or thighs
Liposuction: the procedure that removes fat from a donor site using suction and a cannula
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your procedure.
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
The best way to determine if fat grafting to breast surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment, click here.