Breast Fat Transfer For Natural Breast Augmentation

You’ve heard the phrase “Location, location, location” when it comes to real estate or vacation destinations, but what about fat deposits?  How many times have you thought, “If only I could Natural breastsmove this extra fat on my buttocks to my breasts, we’d be in business”?  Plastic surgeons have begun using a new procedure known as Breast Lipotransfer, breast fat transfer, or breast lipofilling, to do just that.

Basically, the procedure takes fat from one area of the body and transfers it to the breasts, enlarging them an average of one cup size.  There are no artificial implants involved, only your own adipose stem cells extracted from your fat.  The result is a remarkably natural-looking and feeling breast augmentation with a life span as long as the patient’s.

The Procedure

First, the woman wears a specially-designed “suction bra” that allows the breasts to expand so there is room to inject the extra fat.   The bra is worn for about a month for a few hours each day.  This helps the graft’s likelihood of staying in place and decreases the chance that multiple injections will be needed.  The surgery is done under local anesthetic.  There is no need to be put completely to sleep with this procedure.

Once the patient is anesthetized, about a liter of fat is removed from a “stubborn” area of the body; usually the buttocks, hips or waist.  The use of this “stubborn” fat means it is likely to resist changes in size due to weight loss.  Most patients say that only a slight pulling or pinching is felt; there is no pain. Then, intact fat cells are “harvested” from the fat removed.  These intact cells contain stem cells, which allow the fat to settle in to its new home and become part of the woman’s body again.

The adipose cells are reinjected into the body at multiple injection sites.  The sites heal quickly and invisibly.

Results

The full effectiveness of the graft can be seen after about a month.  Doctors estimate that each graft will maintain between 70-90% of its volume, and in some cases the fat will grow larger than its original volume.  Doctors estimate that if another augmentation is desired, it can be performed after three months.

Side Effects

Some women experienced formation of cysts or microcalcification of the breasts after the lipotransfer was completed.  There have been reports of these lumps being picked up in mammograms and women being exposed to unnecessary biopsies.  However, studies have shown that these growths are in the minority of patients, and most are satisfied with the outcome of the procedure.

Costs

One website lists the potential cost as anywhere from $2,500 to $8,700 per 100cc of fat injected. Another estimates around $2,600 for 100cc, plus an $1,800 “facility fee.”  A typical injection is around 200cc of fat per breast.

As with any medical procedure, the costs will be unique to the patient. Some sources say that the lipotransfer process costs about the same as a typical breast augmentation, while others say it costs a little more.  If you’re looking into the procedure, a consultation with your doctor is essential for accurate pricing.

Pros and Cons

Breast Lipotransfer is a high-tech alternative to traditional breast augmentation techniques.  It creates more natural-looking breasts and they will last longer than breasts augmented with silicone implants.

Since there is a chance that about 30% of the adipose tissue transferred will reabsorb, the needs for multiple augmentations is a risk that women take.  A traditional implant would not require multiple treatments and would produce a more predictable result, but it will not look as natural.  Be sure to speak to your doctor to find out what option is right for you.

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Storing Fat Cells for Future Fat Injections

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Thinking about facial rejuvenation sometime in the future? Here’s something to think about – you now have the ability to store your own fat cells for later use.

There’s new hype over freezing your fat cells for future use in cosmetic injections. Fat works as a great filler for your nasolabial folds, cheeks, and eye hollows. Using fat tissue from your own body has the added benefit of allowing your own stem cells to improve collagen growth and blood flow, an advantage over using synthetic injectables like Juvederm and Restylane.

The September issue of Bazaar reports that plastic surgeons are recommending their patients to place their fat “on ice,” particularly after liposuction. The first fat bank in the United States, BioLife Cell Bank in Dallas, has had an increase in activity since late last year, with the number of people banking their fat doubling every three months.

Meanwhile, a plastic surgeon in Orlando, Florida has also opened a “fat bank,” the Liquid Gold Center. Freezing the fat at a negative 192 Celsius degrees, it can be defrosted later for use in cosmetic injection procedures. The doctor says that his patented method of freezing fat benefits patients by making extra surgeries to harvest fat unnecessary.

The Ideal Age to Harvest Your Fat Cells

Don’t wait until your 50’s and 60’s to harvest fat – the best age to remove and store fat cells is during your 20s, 30s, or 40s, when your stem cells are still potent. Fat is able to be banked for at least 20 years. Therefore, if you bank it at 30 years of age, you can use it for cosmetic injections when you’re 45 years old, the common age where fat loss and tissue descent happen.

Thanks to new liposuction techniques, the process of harvesting fat has improved and become more reliable. New and gentler liposuction techniques used by Body-Jet and Vaser break down fat into small particles and then use a low pressure vacuum to suction it out.

What If You Don’t Need Liposuction?

Your plastic surgeon can remove 10 or 12 ounces of fat from your thighs or buttocks, which is enough fat to use as filler for a lifetime – within an hour and without pain.

The Procedure And Costs

After your fat is harvested, it is shipped to the bank, where it is stamped with a barcode and put into liquid-nitrogen vapor as a preservative. The fat storage costs $1,700 for the initial first year, and then $200 a year after that. All in all, the procedure can cost $2,500 and up.

When it’s time to use some fat filler for a cosmetic procedure, a part of your stored fat and stem cells is divided and recombined, put into a syringe and shipped to your doctor’s office via Fed Ex for about $2500. Although this may seem pricey, an article in the Bazaar magazine reports that if you reinject the fat in 5 years, this costs approximately the same as paying for Juvederm and Restylane injections twice a year for 5 years.

To store 250 to 300 cubic centimeters of fat, the Gold Center charges $900 for the first year and $200 every year after that.


 
Pros And Cons of Storing Fat Cells for Future Use

Both the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and Surgery.org endorse the use of autologous fat as a long-lasting and safe filler that can be used to replace volume with natural-looking results. Fat grafting involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, purifying it and re-injecting it in specific areas of the face.

However, some doctors say that injecting frozen fat is a dicey proposition. A Georgetown University professor says that no substantial data supports the effectiveness of frozen fat and whether it is metabolically viable.

A Boston plastic surgeon who has worked extensively on fat transfers also asserts that the best fat bank is the human body, and since only 30 to 50 cc’s of fat is necessary for a facial procedure, it is easy enough to harvest this out of the human body.

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