Breast augmentation surgeries have been performed by plastic surgeons since the 1960s and as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed around the world, the techniques are constantly tested and improved. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a modern surgical breast augmentation procedure that improves the volume, shape, and contour of a patient’s breast(s). If you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts or have an asymmetrical chest, Dr. Arslanian has a solution for you.
At Arslanian Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is a popular choice that provides one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction. Dr. Arslanian has extensive practice and understanding of how to perform an artfully balanced breast augmentation that is beautiful and natural.
About Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
More traditional breast augmentations are performed with either silicone or saline filled implants, which lead to alluring results. However, another popular and more natural solution is combining the technique of breast augmentation with transfer of the patient’s own fat. This procedure is done in two stages. Stage one is liposuction and stage two is the fat transfer. There is a fat purification process that takes place between the two procedures. This prepares the fat to be relocated into the patient’s body.
In the liposuction procedure, fat is harvested using a suction method from areas with excess fat. A few safe areas to remove fat from includes the buttocks, thighs, and arms. The fat is then relocated to the breasts via injections to increase volume and produce the desired outcome. Using a patient’s own fat decreases the likelihood of an allergic reaction while also maintaining the breast’s natural feel.
Breast augmentation provides patients with a comprehensive change to their breasts that non-invasive procedures cannot achieve. With long-lasting results, a breast fat transfer is an excellent solution to the chest problems that bother you.
Significant research has been done on fat transfer breast augmentation to provide safe, cutting edge procedures. At his state-of-the-art clinic, Dr. Arslanian provides this current technology to ensure the patient’s cosmetic goals are met. Dr. Arslanian has undergone years of specialized training in plastic surgery. A board certified plastic surgeon, he is well accomplished in his practice. He is passionate about his work and is committed to providing safe, positive experiences for his patients.
Breast augmentation may be performed on patients ages 18 and up; however, an ideal candidate will have:
- A desire to change the size of their chest
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Have fully developed breasts
- Consider their breasts to be too small
- Have experienced unwanted changes to their breasts during pregnancy
Patients will need to have enough donor fat on their bodies to transfer to their breasts. A typical breast augmentation with fat transfer can increase the cup size one half to one full cup size. Dr. Arslanian will help you achieve your best results. If you are interested in a breast augmentation procedure using fat, contact Dr. Arslanian today!
Consultation with Breast Augmentation Expert
During a patient’s consultation, they will meet with Dr. Arslanian and have the opportunity to discuss their individual situation as well as their concerns and aesthetic goals. They will need to disclose their medical history, drug allergies, and current medications. This will allow Dr. Arslanian to make adjustments where needed.
Dr. Arslanian will take detailed measurements of their breasts and body and perform an examination. Photos will be taken to help Dr. Arslanian point out certain things and explain his approach to breast augmentation with fat transfer. He will discuss the various options for breast augmentation and make sure the patient is confident in their decision. He will also show photos of other patients before and after their breast augmentations to help determine what size and look the patient is desiring to achieve.
Dr. Arslanian encourages patients to voice all questions so they may be better informed and comfortable with their procedure.
Prior to surgery, the patient will be given instructions on the day, time and location of their procedure. They will be prescribed medications, such as antibiotics, by Dr. Arslanian to be taken before the operation. They will need to adjust and stop taking medications that can cause blood thinning about two weeks before the operation. Patients will also need to stop smoking at this time.
Prior to receiving the fat transfer injections, patients are encouraged to wear a loose-fitting shirt that zips or buttons to the procedure. They will also need to secure a ride home from a family member or friend.
Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Procedure
The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia.
The procedure will be performed as an outpatient basis in an accredited surgery center. A board-certified anesthesiologist will be present to ensure the patient’s safety. Preoperative markings will typically be made the morning of surgery. After the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Arslanian will start by gently making sub centimeter incisions in the areas of planned liposuction. He will then insert a cannula (a thin hollow tube) attached to an aspirator (a suction device) into the incisions. With a delicate back-and-forth movement, he will disturb the fat cells and use the aspirator to remove them.
Dr. Arslanian will work meticulously to harvest the appropriate amount of fat and contour the body. The incisions will then be closed with sutures. Compression garments will be applied to the treated areas to help the improved contours develop. The patient will then be taken to the recovery room.
The fat will then be processed to remove impurities. The remaining pure fat will be placed into fine injection syringes. In a separate procedure, Dr. Arslanian will create very thin incisions in areas predetermined during the consultation. This will allow him to strategically place the fat into the patient’s breasts in order to increase the size as well as improve the shape and contour. Compression bandages or a support bra will be applied to the chest to help the improved contours adjust.
Before the patient goes home, Dr. Arslanian or his staff will inform them of how best to care for their chest to produce great results. The patient will go home the same day of surgery and rest. Pain medication will be provided for the initial recovery process to diminish the patient’s discomfort.
Over the course of the first week, the patient will begin a range of motion exercises to keep their arms and shoulders from tightening up. Dr. Arslanian will likely remove stitches in week two of recovery. The patient will need to wear compression garments as instructed, typically for a minimum of 6 weeks to decrease swelling and bruising. Their breasts will initially be swollen, somewhat firm, and a little uncomfortable. This is normal, and they will decrease in size as the swelling goes down and soften as the fat becomes incorporated.
Dr. Arslanian will schedule follow-up appointments with the patient to monitor their recovery process. Most patients can return to work after a week and to regular activities and exercise after about four weeks.
Breast augmentation surgery with a fat transfer has many benefits, including:
- Improved breast size
- Provide symmetry
- Long lasting results
- Very little scarring
- Allergy safe
- Natural feel
- Improve body contours
Patients will experience long-term results from their breast augmentation because it is a comprehensive procedure that shapes and contours the chest. This is a perfect procedure for people who are sensitive or have allergies because no foreign substance will be inserted into the body, only the patient’s own fat. With the use of fat, the breast is able to retain a natural feel and appearance.
Results of Breast Fat Transfer
Patients can expect about 60% fat retention as some of the fat will not survive the transfer. This means that Dr. Arslanian will typically “over graft” the breasts so that the final result is the patient’s desired outcome.
Depending on how much of an increase in size the patient wants, they may need to undergo a second or third procedure of fat transfer to achieve their aesthetic goal. Final results typically take three to six months to be fully recovered and provide permanent results.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a common procedure to receive in tandem with a breast augmentation fat transfer. A breast lift provides noticeable, stunning results for older patients who have lost skin elasticity in their breasts and experience a lower hanging chest. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that lasts up to three hours and is done under general anesthesia. The procedure will re-adjust the breasts to their former position by removing excess tissue and skin from the chest. This trimming allows the skin to be tighter and give the chest a lift. Dr. Arslanian will work with precision to reshape and contour the breasts to their natural placement. When combined with a fat transfer, these procedures will provide patients with a younger, perkier chest.
Cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation combined with a fat transfer will vary in cost depending on what the patient hopes to achieve. Dr. Arslanian and his staff are more than happy to give you a detailed customized quote when you schedule a consultation with them today at (678) 894-9200.