If you’ve considered breast augmentation to add volume and reshape your breasts, you might find the idea of a breast augmentation fat transfer, also known as “natural breast augmentation,” intriguing. This newer breast augmentation method offers significant benefits for some patients.
At Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Los Angeles, CA, we offer traditional and natural breast augmentation surgery to create a fuller, shapelier bustline. Choosing the best procedure for you depends on your current figure, your preferences, and your desired results.
What Is a Traditional Breast Augmentation?
Traditional breast augmentation is a surgical procedure using saline or silicone implants to increase the size, add more volume, and adjust the shape of the breasts.
The process involves placing an implant under the breast tissue or the pectoral muscle through an incision made in the inframammary fold, around the areola, or near the armpit.
Every breast augmentation procedure is different. The size, shape, style, placement, and insertion point of the implants all differ, depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals.
What Is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Although traditional breast augmentation procedures remain popular, we’ve seen a surge in patients requesting fat transfer breast augmentation in the past few years.
Breast augmentation fat transfer harvests excess fat from another body area, typically the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, or arms, and then processes the fat to liquify it. The processed fat is then injected into the breasts to add volume and restore symmetry.
When Is a Traditional Breast Augmentation the Best Option?
Both traditional and fat transfer breast augmentation add volume and fullness to the breasts. However, some patients are better candidates for implants, and others are better candidates for fat transfer. Patients who choose saline or silicone implants are typically looking for larger cup sizes or a more extensive lift to their bustline.
Implants Can Add Two or More Cup Sizes at Once
There are limits to the amount of volume we can add via fat transfer. To survive, the transferred fat must be in contact with live fat tissue already in the breasts. The existing tissue supplies the new fat cells with nutrients and oxygen to keep them alive.
Therefore, the amount of fat we can inject during a single procedure depends on the amount of tissue already in the breasts. However, you can have multiple fat transfers over time to achieve your cup size goals.
Implants Change the Shape of the Breasts
Breast augmentation fat transfer can’t add high-projection roundness to the breasts. Instead, the procedure adds a more natural-looking size and fullness to the breasts. Patients seeking the appearance of traditional breast augmentation, with a higher profile and more lifted breasts, will likely prefer the results of implants.
Additionally, if your breasts have a teardrop shape or the skin is sagging, combining traditional or fat transfer breast augmentation with a breast lift can restore your breasts’ perky appearance.
Not Everyone Is a Candidate for Fat Transfer
Slim patients seeking much larger breasts likely won’t be able to achieve their desired results through breast augmentation fat transfer. Your body needs to have enough excess fat in a centralized area for the procedure to offer significant results.
When Is a Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer the Best Option?
Fat transfer breast augmentations are an increasingly popular choice for patients who seek more fullness, symmetry, and volume in their breasts, with or without implants.
While many patients opt to use fat grafting alone to enhance their bustline, others combine fat transfer with another breast surgery, such as a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation with implants, to achieve their ultimate goals.
Fat Transfer Offers More Body Contouring
While implants offer more customizable shapeliness to the breasts, fat transfer breast augmentation allows for more body contouring. Patients considering liposuction and breast augmentation or who have excess fat in areas like the thighs, abdomen, arms, or flanks can reshape their body while adding volume and fullness to their bustline.
Additionally, since both procedures are performed together, the body contouring results develop simultaneously.
More Natural Appearance
Some patients prefer the high projection angle that implants provide. However, patients seeking more natural-looking fullness for their breasts without adding foreign materials can achieve their goals with fat transfer surgery.
Another benefit of choosing fat transfer is the low rejection rate associated with using your body’s fat cells to reshape your chest.
Customized Reshaping and Symmetry
One of the most significant benefits of choosing a breast augmentation fat transfer is the ability to restore the shape and symmetry of the breasts.
Patients who undergo a lumpectomy, have minor contouring issues, or whose previously placed implants now show visible edges due to weight loss or surgery can use a fat transfer to add subtle volume and roundness to their breasts.
No General Anesthesia and Faster Recovery
All forms of breast augmentation are considered major procedures. However, fat transfer is less invasive than placing implants. In addition, patients undergoing liposuction and fat grafting do not require general anesthesia, and neither procedure demands a large incision that needs extra care during recovery.
Typically, patients experience a faster, easier recovery from breast augmentation fat transfer with almost no scarring.
Explore Your Breast Augmentation Options Today
There are many reasons you may choose breast augmentation. You may have always wanted to enhance the size of your breasts to suit your frame. Or perhaps pregnancy, weight loss, or a mastectomy changed the shape and size of your breasts.
Our skilled team at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa can help you find the best breast augmentation technique to meet your aesthetic goals.
Patients in and around Los Angeles, CA, seek out the expertise of our team to add shape and contour to their breasts. Learn what we can do for you when you schedule your consultation today.