Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

What Is Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?

At the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Emese Kalnoki offers breast augmentation with fat transfer to give our Buffalo and Syracuse, NY patients a natural, implant-free method of improving breast volume and shape. Dr. Kalnoki performs this procedure using liposuction to obtain fat from your own body, usually from your thighs, buttocks, stomach, or other areas where there is some to spare. These fat cells are gently injected into the breast tissue at which point they obtain their own blood supply. The technique involves very small incisions that are typically not visible after healing is complete. Fat transfer offers a natural alternative to traditional implants and can be a great way to enhance breast tissue for those who want to avoid implants.

Women who want an alternative to implants and are looking for breast augmentation with fat transfer come to our practice in Rochester, NY. Request a consultation with Dr. Emese Kalnoki using the online form, or call our office at (585) 244-1000 to schedule an appointment.

Emese Kalnoki, M.D.

Specializes in Body Contouring & Breast Procedures

A talented artist and highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kalnoki specializes in plastic surgery after weight loss or pregnancy and other body contouring procedures. As a woman, Dr. Kalnoki brings a unique perspective to the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery.

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Your Consultation

Dr. Kalnoki meets with you in a private consultation and reviews your medical history, including past medical conditions, current allergies and medications as well as your personal and family history of breast cancer and any other breast issues. Dr. Kalnoki performs a brief examination and discusses your current breast size and listens to your desired changes and cosmetic goals.

She additionally discusses any limitations for the breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure including risks and potential complications. If breast augmentation with fat transfer is right for you, Dr. Kalnoki creates a customized surgical plan. Before the consultation is finished, our patient consultant meets with you to discuss cost, payment options, and scheduling the procedure.

Ideal Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Candidates

Any woman who is looking for a natural, minimally invasive alternative to breast augmentation with implants may be a good candidate for this procedure. Breast augmentation with fat transfer can also help restore breast volume that is lost during pregnancy and breastfeeding or due to aging. An ideal breast augmentation with fat transfer patient:

  • Is in good overall health
  • Wants fuller breasts
  • Has realistic goals and expectations about the results

Dr. Kalnoki can help determine if breast augmentation with fat transfer is the right procedure to meet your desired cosmetic goals.

Before Your Procedure

Once your breast augmentation has been scheduled, there are a few things that you can do to prepare for the surgery and recovery period. By preparing several days in advance of your surgery, you can be assured of the best results and a smooth recovery.

  • Your breast augmentation with fat transfer will be performed as an outpatient procedure. You must arrange a ride home from the surgery center following your procedure, or if you plan to stay at our Carriage House, you must have a ride home the next morning.
  • Fill all prescriptions prior to surgery.
  • Plan to take one week off from work or school following the procedure to heal and rest at home.
  • Arrange for assistance during the first few days after your breast augmentation with fat transfer.
  • Carefully review the post-operative instructions. If you have any questions, contact our office immediately.
  • Keep important phone numbers and all emergency contact information in an easily-accessible location.
  • Put all follow-up appointments on your calendar—these are very important to attend, even if you don't have any questions or concerns.
  • Stop aspirin and any specified herbal supplements two weeks before your breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure.

If you are a smoker, it's also important that you commit to stop smoking at least six weeks prior to your breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure.

The Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Procedure

Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves gentle liposuction of areas with available fat stores - such as the buttocks, thighs, or stomach. A fairly large amount of fat is needed to augment the breasts because not all of the transplanted fat cells will survive. Small, less than ¼ inch incisions are made to introduce the fat into the breast area. These transplanted fat cells take up their own blood supply. Great care is taken in the operating room and during the postoperative period so that the best aesthetic result is achieved and to ensure that most of the fat cells survive.

Recovery after Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

The recovery time for breast augmentation with fat transfer is usually shorter than for breast augmentation with implants and is largely dependent on the liposuction aspect of the procedure. Patients should expect recovery from breast augmentation with fat transfer to take about one to three weeks. By that point, most patients are back up on their feet and are back at work. However, the breasts take longer to recover. The largest portion of the swelling should resolve within six weeks, but complete resolution usually takes six months.

Liposuction Sites

Bruising and swelling at the liposuction sites may occur at first and typically resolves within two to three weeks. Dr. Kalnoki recommends wearing compression garments over the liposuction sites for the first six weeks to minimize swelling. Discomfort in the treatment site can be expected in the first 24 hours, but your medications will assist in a comfortable recovery.

Light exercise and walking can be resumed after a day. More strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for three weeks following the procedure.

Breast Sites

Little to no discomfort is expected at the injection sites on the breasts, although experiences vary. A sports bra can be worn in the weeks following the procedure. Any tight garments or activities causing pressure on the chest area should be avoided for several weeks following the procedure.

Choosing the Right Breast Augmentation Surgeon

The key to a successful breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure is choosing the right surgeon. Dr. Kalnoki specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and brings a woman's unique perspective to the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I return to work following my breast augmentation with fat transfer?

You should be able to return to work one to three weeks after your breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure. If your job requires heavy lifting you should plan to take additional time to rest before returning to work.

What are the risks involved with breast augmentation with fat transfer?

There are few risks for breast augmentation with fat transfer. Some infrequent complications include loss of some of the transferred fat causing small, firm lumps in the breasts. These areas usually resolve with gentle massage over a period of 6 months to a year. Other complications include infection and cyst formation.

When can I exercise after breast augmentation with fat transfer and are there any limits to what I can do?

Light exercise such as walking is encouraged after the procedure as it helps with circulation. You should abstain from more strenuous exercise for three weeks.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation with fat transfer vs. breast augmentation with implants?

The benefits of breast augmentation with fat transfer include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • No need for implant exchange or removal
  • Benefit of liposuction
  • Faster recovery time

How will breast augmentation with fat transfer affect breastfeeding?

Breast augmentation with natural fat should not affect the ability to breastfeed.

Can this procedure be used to fill in expanded tissue when breast implants are removed?

Yes, breast augmentation with fat transfer can be used to fill in expanded tissue when implants are removed.

Should thin patients gain weight prior to having breast augmentation with fat transfer?

Some patients just don't have enough fat to transfer into their breasts for an augmentation. Gaining weight is not helpful because patients generally go back to their preoperative weight after the procedure, and the transferred fat cells shrink in size with the weight loss. This decreases the size of the augmented breasts. Before any aesthetic procedure, patients should be at an ideal, maintainable weight.

Does breast augmentation with fat transfer include both the liposuction and the augmentation on the same day?

Yes, the breast augmentation with fat transfer will occur after the liposuction procedure to harvest the fat on the same day.

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