A subtle and natural breast enlargement treatment option, achieved by transferring fat extracted from specific areas of the body using Vaser Liposuction. A breast fat transfer procedure at Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast can increase breast size without the use of implants.
Breast fat transfer, also known as autologous fat transfer, is a breast augmentation surgery for enhancing breast shape and increasing cup size by injecting the patient’s own fat into the breast area. This procedure entails extracting surplus fat from appropriate areas of the body using Vaser Liposuction, before the harvested fat is processed and then injected into the breast tissue.
How is breast fat transfer surgery performed?
During the Vaser Liposuction segment of the procedure, a numbing solution containing local anaesthesia is used in the areas undergoing liposuction, combined with IV sedation (either twilight anaesthesia or general anaesthesia). The level of IV sedation used by the anaesthetist is decided during the initial consultations with the doctor, considering the medical history and specific needs of each individual patient.
The ultrasound technology utilised in Vaser Liposuction employs heatwave energy to disintegrate and liquefy the targeted fat cells of the patient for extraction. Small incisions are created in the donor areas of the body, allowing a specialised ultrasound probe to disrupt the unwanted fat deposits. After the excess fat in each designated area has been fragmented, it is then aspirated out of the body through the same small incisions using a cannula.
The extracted fat is refined using a centrifuge before being injected into the breasts. Through the small incision sites, a cannula is used to inject the fat into the breast tissue, increasing the density and quantity of fat cells in the breast area.
DISCLAIMER 1. Results may vary from patient to patient. 2. All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks or later post-procedure. 3. Results, recovery, and potential complications will vary for each individual patient. 4. Photos and videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same as another person, and does not guarantee you will receive a particular surgical outcome. 5. Any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks, side effects, and complications, which can be permanent.
BREAST ENLARGEMENT USING YOUR OWN FAT
Considering the Procedure
Am I a good candidate for a breast fat transfer procedure?
Breast augmentation surgery with fat might be an appropriate choice for those seeking a subtle enhancement in breast size using a natural method, avoiding silicone implants. Suitability is determined by the doctor, and considerations for determining suitability include, but are not limited to:
Being in good physical and mental health.
Having realistic expectations about the achievable outcomes and the desired results of a fat transfer procedure.
Understanding that fat injections to the breasts yield modest results and multiple sessions may be necessary.
Having good skin elasticity and firm skin tone.
Having sufficient excess fat in appropriate areas of the body for extraction via Vaser Lipo.
Not having any issues with blood circulation.
Being a non-smoker or willing to cease smoking before and after the procedure.
Having realistic expectations and acknowledging the possibility of requiring multiple sessions are crucial aspects of being deemed a suitable candidate for a cosmetic procedure. Additionally, not all patients who wish to have the procedure are able to. Some individuals may need to consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss plastic surgery alternatives such as implants with a mastopexy, also called a breast lift, a procedure option that can also be combined with a breast reduction.
How much fat survives fat transfer surgery?
For breast fat transfer procedures at our clinic, we use Vaser Lipo technology combined with a gentle fat injecting technique to maximise the survival rate of the transferred fat cells in the breasts to over 50%. A single session can yield an increase of 1 to 1 ½ cup sizes in breast volume, enhancing size appearance and overall breast contour.
The efficacy of breast augmentation via fat injections is contingent upon the delicacy with which the fat tissue is harvested from the donor site and introduced into the breasts. It’s crucial to acknowledge that not every fat cell introduced will endure the transfer process, and outcomes will diverge among individuals.
How much does a fat transfer breast augmentation cost?
We recognise that the financial costs of cosmetic surgery in Australia is a consideration for patients in their decision-making journey. Breast augmentation using autologous fat transfer doesn’t have a one-price-fits-all structure, and the cost of such procedures can differ from one patient to another. Several factors influence the overall cost of transferring harvested fat to the breasts, including, but not limited to:
The volume of fat to be extracted from each donor site.
The number of body areas subjected to liposuction.
The level of sedation the anaesthetist will use, either twilight or general anaesthesia.
The duration of the surgical procedure.
The unique medical and surgical needs of every individual patient.
At Cosmos Aesthetics, our breast enhancement procedures using your own fat start from a minimum base price of $8,800. This is not an exact cost and is just a general guideline. Please contact our friendly team, to begin the process of receiving an exact personalised quote for a breast fat transfer procedure.
Where will my breast surgery be performed on the Gold Coast?
Your breast enlargement procedure will be performed at our fully licensed and accredited private hospital located at our Cosmos Aesthetics location in Southport, on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia.
How long does the surgery take?
The duration of a Vaser Lipo procedure with fat grafting typically ranges between two to four hours, on average. This timeframe can fluctuate based on several factors, including the specific needs of the individual, the number of areas of the body undergoing treatment, and the amount of fat being transferred.
What cup size will I be after one round of surgery?
Undergoing a single round of fat grafting surgery can potentially increase the breast size by a maximum of 1 to 1 ½ cup sizes, offering results that are subtle yet discernible, and inherently natural.
For those desiring a more significant increase in cup size than what one fat grafting session can offer, exploring alternative solutions including “natural-look” traditional breast implants may be an alternative option.
Is there any downtime after surgery?
Undergoing autologous breast augmentation surgery with Vaser Lipo is an outpatient surgical procedure, allowing patients to return home on the same day as their surgery. Postoperative symptoms such as bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common, with the degree of discomfort varying among individuals. To alleviate any discomfort, patients will be prescribed pain medication by their doctor and will receive comprehensive postoperative care instructions.
The average recovery period for most patients can be around 7 days, depending on various individual factors including the number of areas treated with Vaser Lipo, past healing experiences, and individual sensitivity to discomfort from surgery. It’s crucial to note that this is a general guideline and not a guaranteed recovery timeframe. The specific recovery expectations tailored to your individual circumstances will be thoroughly discussed during your initial consultations with the doctor.
How long is the recovery time after surgery?
The recovery time needed post-surgery is contingent on several individual factors, with patients typically resuming light activities approximately one week after the procedure, while more strenuous activities, such as high-intensity workouts, are generally deferred until six weeks post-operation.
You will be required to wear a post-procedure surgical bra, and will not be able to wear a bra with underwire for a minimum period of six weeks following surgery, Additionally, to mitigate swelling and aid in skin retraction, you will need to wear compression garments on the areas treated with Vaser Lipo for a total of six weeks following surgery: three weeks full-time and three weeks part-time.
When will I notice the results from having surgery?
Some patients may observe a more significant increase in breast size immediately after surgery. With more than 50% of the transferred fat cells surviving, and to compensate for the anticipated fat cell death, a slightly greater amount of fat may be transferred by your doctor. As the post-surgical weeks and months unfold, the initial swelling will gradually subside, revealing a more accurate representation of the final results.
How many fat transfers will I need?
When opting for breast enlargement using your own fat, it’s crucial to understand that not all the transferred fat may endure the process. To survive, the relocated fat needs to develop a new blood supply in the recipient tissue. The average survival rate of fat cells harvested with Vaser Lipo and then transferred to the breasts is on average more than a 50% survival rate.
Various factors can influence the outcome, and to attain the desired results, multiple sessions of fat transfer may be necessary, especially for those seeking a substantial increase in breast size. These sessions can be planned with intervals of three to six months, allowing for adequate healing and assessment of results between procedures.
What are the risks and side effects of fat transfer breast augmentation?
A fat transfer breast enlargement is a surgical procedure, and like all surgeries, it comes with its own set of risks, side effects, and potential complications that must be thoroughly considered. The possible risks, side effects, and complications arising from undergoing Vaser Liposuction and fat grafting surgery can encompass, but are not limited to:
Pain and aching
Bruising and bleeding
Asymmetry and uneven results
Skin sensation changes and numbness
Death of fat cells (fat necrosis)
The need for revision surgery
Will breast fat transfer increase my risk of breast cancer?
There is no evidence that transferring fat into the breast has any influence on breast cancer, but conversely, there is also no conclusive evidence to confirm that it does not. This technique has been widely embraced in Europe and Japan for over 20 years. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has asserted that transferring fat into the breast is as safe as other breast augmentation procedure methods. RACS has also clarified that the fat injected does not hinder the detection of breast cancer.
It’s crucial to acknowledge the associated risks such as fat necrosis with a 1.2% probability, calcification with a 5% probability, cysts with a 6.5% probability, and infection with a 1% probability (Orholt et al, 2020). Post-procedure, it is recommended to inform the radiologist that you have undergone a fat transfer to the breast during mammogram appointments. This is essential as it ensures the technician is informed and can accurately differentiate between calcification and potential signs of breast cancer when reviewing the results.
Will I have visible scars after my fat transfer breast augmentation?
Every surgical procedure that breaks the surface of the skin will result in some form of scarring. With breast fat grafting using Vaser Lipo, the incision sites needed to perform this surgery are small, leading to less noticeable scars compared to more invasive techniques. The final appearance of scars will differ between individuals based on personal factors including previous scarring history.
When will I see the final results after having surgery?
A noticeable enlargement in breast size can be observed immediately after the surgery, predominantly attributed to post-operative swelling. As this swelling diminishes, the newly acquired breast shape and size will gradually stabilise. The outcomes start becoming apparent around six weeks after the procedure, with the final results of cosmetic procedures becoming completely visible approximately six months post-procedure.
How long will my fat transfer breast augmentation results last?
After surgery, fat cell death is normal. By the six month mark, most swelling has fully resolved, revealing the almost final results. To maintain the desired outcome, patients should maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, as changes in weight can impact breast size and shape.
Is there an option to get breast implants and transfer fat at the same time?
Hybrid breast augmentation is a technique that merges the use of breast implants with fat grafting. At Cosmos Aesthetics, we do not provide this specific plastic surgery procedure; it’s typically performed by Australian reconstructive FRACS and specialist plastic surgeons.
Can I get breast implants after having fat grafting surgery?
After undergoing an autologous breast augmentation procedure, you can absolutely opt to have traditional silicone breast implants or saline breast implants inserted at a later date if desired.
Can I get fat transferred if I already have implants?
If you already have breast implants, you are unable to get fat transferred into the breasts. If you are considering implant removal, you will need to wait six months post explant surgery before having fat transferred into the breast area.
If I don’t have much fat on my body, can I still get fat grafting surgery?
If you lack sufficient fat for liposuction extraction and can’t sustain a higher weight, transferring fat into the breasts may not be a suitable treatment choice for you. In such cases, traditional breast augmentation using silicone implants may be a more appropriate option.
Can I use someone else’s fat for breast surgery?
Using fat from another individual for injection into your body should never be done. Your body will identify and reject the foreign fat, causing tissue necrosis and cell death. Using someone else’s donor fat can pose significant health risks and jeopardise your well being.
Where can I have a consultation for fat grafting breast surgery?
You can have your initial consultations and breast fat grafting surgery performed at any of our clinic locations across Australia in: Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Please contact us today to discuss the breast enhancement treatments we offer at Cosmos Aesthetics.