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Fat Transfer to Breasts Columbus

Fat Transfer to Breasts

Fat transfer is a great way to increase the size of your breasts naturally and permanently. Like any surgery, there are a few things to keep in mind. Fortunately, we have the best plastic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio and an amazing team to guide you through the whole process. Our top plastic surgeons, Dr. Shah and Dr. Centeno, have years of experience in all fat transfer/grafting procedures and have consistently yielded great results.

Who is a good candidate?
It’s important to all of us that you are happy with your results. The key is to make sure we help you find the perfect procedure for what you are looking for. Breast enhancement or augmentation with fat grafting is best for women that are looking to increase by a half a cup to a full cup. To go bigger than that would require multiple sessions of grafting. The best candidate is someone who does not have much breast sag and wants to only be a little bit bigger.

Who is not a good candidate for fat transfer/grafting?
The most essential part of fat grafting is the fat; if you are very thin, or don’t have any areas that you would like smaller, then it would not be possible to do the procedure.

Which is better for breast enhancement – breast implants or fat transfer/grafting to the breasts?
Both are great—it just depends on your goals.

FACTOR TO CONSIDER BREAST IMPLANTS FAT TRANSFER/GRAFTING
Size Can be any size you want to be Can usually go up by 1 or 2 sizes
Recovery About 1 week About 1 week
Cost $6000 $7000 (but one more session
might be needed)
Permanent Usually requires one or more
additional procedures in the future
Permanent, but will change
with weight gain or weight loss
Natural Will look and feel very natural 100% Natural
Scarring 1 ½” inch incisions 2 or three ¼” inch incisions
Anesthesia General General or IV Sedation

In the end, it is a very personal decision. If you are comfortable with having implants in your body, then breast implants would be the best and easiest way to go. If you do not want anything artificial in your body, or you are looking for a small to medium amount of enlargement, then fat transfer/grafting to the breasts would be your best option.

How do the results differ from a breast augmentation using implants?
Aside from looking and feeling very natural, fat transfer or fat grafting is only used for small to medium amounts of breast augmentation. Whereas you can become virtually any size with breast implants, with fat fat transfer or fat grafting, you usually go up about ½ to 1 cup in breast size. But as always, the most important factor in getting the best plastic surgery result is to have the best plastic surgeon!

How is the procedure performed?
Fat transfer or fat grafting is typically performed under general anesthesia, and it takes between 2 and 2 ½ hours. The fat for the transfer is obtained by performing liposuction on any other part of your body – most people have liposuction to their belly, inner thighs, or outer thighs. The fat is then processed to help assure that the most amount of fat possible survives.

How long is the recovery after fat transfer/grafting?

  • To return to a light duty job: 4 – 6 days
  • To work out: 1 – 2 weeks for a light workout, and 2 – 4 weeks for heavy exercising
  • Driving (when you are not taking pain medication): 3 – 5 days
  • To feel 100% again: 1 month
  • The final result will take about 3 – 6 months to see

What is BRAVA, and can external breast expansion improve your results?
BRAVA is a machine that helps “stretch” your breast skin and get more blood flow to the area to help the fat that is later put in survive. The machine needs to be used every night for about 6 – 8 weeks, for about 8 hours a night. This is perhaps the hardest part of the process, which is probably why most people doing fat grafting do not choose to use the BRAVA system. But top plastic surgeon Robert Centeno, M.D. has extensive experience with the system and would be happy to discuss the benefits with anyone interested. It is important to note, however, that the FDA still considers this an experimental treatment and is therefore not “approved” for use.

What is the next step?
Come see us for a consultation, in which we will help you understand everything you will need to know to make the decision that bests suits you and your goals. For additional information regarding fat transfer to the breasts, contact us.

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