What is Breast Contouring/Fat Grafting?

Are you interested in increasing the size of your breasts, but do not want breast implants? If so, you may be able to benefit from fat grafting to the breast. This is a more natural option that uses your own fat to contour and increase the size of your breasts.

There are many benefits associated with fat grafting to the breast, including:

  • This procedure can be highly customized to meet your individual goals.
  • Scarring is very minimal and virtually invisible.
  • Recovery time is shorter than traditional breast augmentation.
  • Results look and feel natural.

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Who is a Candidate?

Ideal candidates for fat grafting to the breast are those looking for a relatively small increase in breast size and are looking for natural results. Many people choose this option after their breasts lose volume following pregnancy, weight loss, or simply due to aging. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. It is also important that candidates are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment to learn more about this procedure and if it is right for you.

The Breast Contouring/Fat Grafting Procedure

Fat grafting can be performed using general or local anesthesia with IC sedation. Dr. Willis will discuss the type of anesthesia that he believes is the best choice. This procedure is completed through the following steps:

  1. Fat is collected from the abdomen, thighs, lower back, hips, or other areas using liposuction.
  2. This extracted fat is then purified and prepared for transfer into the breasts.
  3. Dr. Willis will artfully inject the fat into specific areas of the breasts in order to improve the overall shape and increase volume.

Recovery

Following breast contouring/fat grafting, you may experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness. However, pain medication can be used to keep you comfortable while you heal. Because swelling is to be expected, the breasts may initially appear larger than the intended size. However, as swelling resolves the breasts will settle into their long-term size. Most people can return to work after about 10 days. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks. Dr. Willis will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to help ensure that you see the best possible results.

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To learn more about breast contouring/fat grafting, contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA today. Double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Willis, is highly skilled in breast procedures to help you achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire.

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Can a mammogram detect a ruptured implant?

A MRI is the gold standard for detecting occult ruptures of silicone implants. A mammogram will likely not detect a ruptured implant.

Can belly fat be used for breast reconstruction?

Belly fat is often used for fat grafting to the breast after breast reconstruction. The fat grafting usually not sufficient alone, and is used in conjunction with autologous tissue (DIEP flap) or implant-based reconstruction.

Can I lay flat after breast augmentation?

You can lay flat on your back after a breast augmentation. You should not lay on your stomach or chest.

Can I take my surgical bra off for a few hours?

You can take off your surgical bra for a few hours to wash it, etc.

How long is recovery after fat transfer?

Fat transfer recovery is usually pretty minimal, but you should consult your plastic surgeon on activity limitations, etc.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Breast augmentation recovery can be very easy with minimal pain and limitations.

Is natural breast augmentation safe?

A natural breast augmentation with your own tissue is very safe.

What are the risks of fat transfer?

Risks of fat transfer carry all the same risks as liposuction, as you surgeon will need to harvest the fat from somewhere else on your body. Fat injections to the breast are very safe with minimal risks if performed properly.

Can you transfer fat to your breast?

Fat grafting to the breast is often used in conjunction with other breast cancer reconstruction techniques. For cosmetic purposes, fat graft is a great adjunct to implant-based breast augmentation. Fat grafting alone for cosmetic purposes has a very narrow subset of patients who would qualify.

Does fat transfer last?

Fat transfer should be a permanent solution. Keep in mind that up to 50 percent of the fat initially transferred might not survive, so your volume will come down over the immediate post-operative weeks. Of the fat that survives and incorporates its own blood supply, it will live permanently and will fluctuate naturally with your own weight gain/loss.

How do fat transfers work?

Fat transfer should be a permanent solution. Keep in mind that up to 50 percent of the fat initially transferred might not survive, so your volume will come down over the immediate post-operative weeks. Of the fat that survives and incorporates its own blood supply, it will live permanently and will fluctuate naturally with your own weight gain/loss.

When can I run after breast augmentation?

You should refrain from running for 4-6 weeks after a breast augmentation depending on your surgeons preference.

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