Breast augmentation has been the most requested cosmetic surgery procedure across the US for many years. However, a newer, less-invasive technique is catching up in popularity.
When someone feels their breasts are asymmetric, lacking cleavage or general volume, they may seek the help of plastic surgeons to increase their bust by one or more cup sizes. In the past, breast implants made from saline or silicone gel were the primary options. They still provide excellent, reliable results.
However, breast implants aren’t for everyone, and some people prefer using their own body tissue (autologous fat grafts) to subtly improve breast contours.
If you’ve just begun to research options, you may find the pros and cons of each choice a bit confusing. Many people ask questions about fat injections, such as:
- How long does fat transfer last?
- How much bigger can fat grafting make your breasts?
- Does fat injection leave a scar?
We’ll aim to explain this procedure and some of the benefits of going this route. We’ll also talk about how long you can expect your breast fat injection to last. (Good news, it may be longer than you think!)
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Breast augmentation with fat grafting is an autogenous surgery. That means there’s no risk of allergy or adverse reactions to foreign implant material. This is one of the foundational benefits of choosing fat transfer over implants.
Since fat is removed from your own body (borrowing from a friend is not yet an option!), there’s a double benefit of slimming down stubborn fat pockets in areas where you harvest fat from. Your plastic surgeon can use extra fat from your thighs, waist, love handles or abdomen.
Once the fat has been removed through liposuction, purified, and reintroduced elsewhere, the cells establish a new blood supply and thrive where they are placed. They won’t return to the spot where they were taken from.
Recovery is generally fast because this is the least invasive breast augmentation. Miami fat injections with Dr. Kallman utilize a minimally invasive, atraumatic technique. He is exceptionally gentle and limits tissue trauma while carrying out the procedure. Liposuction uses just tiny incisions a couple millimetres wide. They are placed in hidden areas and heal to be nearly invisible. The injection of fat is done through needle administration, and no sign of this element of surgery will remain on the skin.
Like a sculptor, Dr. Kallman injects fat stem cells in
multiple areas of the breasts to create ideal shape, balance and fullness.
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and IV
sedation, plus it doesn’t require the typical surgical incisions, which are
longer and pose a risk of infection or scarring.
How does fat grafting in the breasts feel? Very much like real, natural breasts. After all, it’s your tissue, and just as soft fat originating in the breast, it feels authentic to touch, moving and acting like normal breasts. For many people, this is an attractive feature. They eliminate the chance of breast implant rippling or unnatural “too firm” breasts.
Why Do People Enhance Their Breasts With Fat?
Dr. Kallman’s Miami fat injection patients love the subtle enhancement they achieve without visible surgical scars or lengthy recovery time. For anyone uncomfortable with implanting a breast prosthesis, using fat stem cells often makes sense.
Though risks are relatively low, there are concerns to be aware of with typical breast augmentation, such as hematoma, infection, or capsular contracture. Breast implants aren’t guaranteed to last forever, so there’s a chance of requiring a second surgery to replace or remove saline or silicone breast implants.
Another reason Dr. Kallman’s Miami breast augmentation patients choose fat transfer is that style trends have changed when it comes to breast size.
In the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, voluptuous breast sizes were in fashion, and many people chose full, round implants to achieve dramatic bra size increases. Increasing by a cup size or more isn’t possible with fat grafting, but now, smaller is in.
From celebrities to models and Instagram influencers, perky but petite breast sizes are popular, and fat grafting achieves these small enhancements.
If you lost fullness or cleavage due to childbirth, weight loss or fitness, you might want a little of your former chest back. Many women wish to wear the same bras but “fill them better.” The upper pole of the breast (above the nipple) sometimes flattens after losing weight or breastfeeding. For those who want to see cleavage without a push up bra but don’t wish to be dramatically bigger, fat grafting is ideal.
It’s the type of change that boosts confidence in lingerie but won’t prompt people to ask what you’ve had done.
Bonus* Recovery after fat transfer is faster than with breast implants. Mild swelling or bruising lasts roughly one week. Quickly, fat integrates into the surrounding tissue, and you can get back to your regular life.
Breast Fat Crafting Can Help
- Increase breast volume after pregnancy
- Increase fullness and firmness after weight loss
- Improve the breast shape
- Balancing breast asymmetry
- Enhance cleavage
But Do Fat Injections Last?
First, good candidates for fat grafting must have adequate fat available. Your plastic surgeon will add more than enough fat stem cells to the target area, understanding that some will disappear during healing.
During normal recovery, up to 30% of fat may be lost, but the remaining cells establish a blood supply and take hold as living tissue in that location. Once healed, those fat cells can increase and shrink just like they do anywhere on the body with weight fluctuations.
Size increases can’t be substantial using this technique. You can expect between ½ to 1 cup size of breast volume increase. Therefore, long-term satisfaction depends on a patient’s understanding of the possibilities and their expectations going into the surgery.
Fat grafting is considered permanent. However, a person’s original fat may change over time with hormone fluctuations and age. The breasts consist of variable amounts of native fat cells and glandular tissue, so each person may experience tissue changes with aging uniquely.
We recommend patients achieve their ideal body weight before fat grafting and plan to maintain that weight without significant losses or increases in body fat.
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Determining your best breast augmentation approach will be easier once you’ve met with a Miami fat injection and plastic surgery specialist in person.
When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Kallman, he’ll listen to you and explain detailed pros and cons for each potential option. We’ll be happy to help you take the next steps and discover whether fat grafting breast augmentation is right for you!
DR. BRANDON KALLMAN
Face Miami’s Dr. Brandon Kallman, MD. brings over 27 years of experience as an Aesthetic, Cosmetic, and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to his prestigious practice. Miami men and women trust his extensive expertise in a diverse range of facial cosmetic procedures, and he’s renowned as a rhinoplasty specialist.