The idea and process of injecting fat into the breasts used to be a practice shunned by plastic surgeon and was declared ineffective and even dangerous. The major issue with the process was that fat was that fat transferred to the breast did not have healthy survival rate and underwent necrosis leaving behind probable lumps of calcified tissue in the breast that was said to hinder mammogram tests. Morever it was noted that fat transferred to the breast would sometimes be metabolized by the body leaving behind retention in size that would result in breast laxity.
However over time, a delicate process to properly harvest, store and transfer fat from the body to the breast was deemed both secure and effectual. With this process, chances of fat survival have increased and fat necrosis and size retention has decreased immensely. Moreover, the problems that arose from this process with mammograms has been overcome in a way that radiologists now are learning more about benign and cancerous lumps in the breasts and are better at distinguishing calcification in the mammary tissues. Interestingly other breast procedures such as breast lift and partial mastectomy can cause more irregularities in mammogram readings than fat transfer breast augmentation does.
Breast Lift Procedure
The fat transfer procedure starts off with a suitable method of fat transfer that is both advanced and minially invasive such as VASER ultrasound assited liposuction or MicroLipo. Using miniature cannulas the fat is collected from location around the body, mostly the abdomen, flanks and thighs. Local anesthetic and mild sedation is administered furing the process leaving the patient awake, responsive yet numb to pain. The advantage is that there is no extended hospital stay or incisions.
Extracted fat can also be stored for future use but on the spot it is refined from fluids after which it is packaged into individual syringes of specific volumes. Following that careful injection of collected fat is deposited into various areas around the breasts. Careful injection into subcutaneous or sub dermal layers of the breasts add volume and improve breast definition. This part of the procedure is also carried out under administration of local anesthetic. Recovery and downtime for this outpatient procedure hence becomes minimal making the procedure quite convenient.
My average operating time for normal breast augmentation is hardly more than an hour but for fat transfer the time period should be expanded. The reason behind this excess time that may stretch up to 4 hours in rare cases is because of the method needed for proper harvesting, refinement and transfer of fat. Low suction is preferred to high suction as opposed to traditional liposuction. Moreover the cannulas used are the smaller kind. On top of that, it may become necessary to extract fat from various areas of the body. The transfer also takes place carefully with a maneuver called the droplet transfer where tiny particles of fat are strategically distributed around the breast for proper effect. The smaller the droplets the better chances of decreased retention.
With this method, a fine definition and fullness is restored to the breasts. As opposed to the drastic change in size achieved through implants non-surgical fat grafting breast lift achieves a subtle increase in shape and size. On the plus side however the results are much softer and natural looking and once recovery is complete, customer satisfaction is reportedly extremely high. Another added advantage is the slimming and toning down that occurs in other parts of the body as a result of liposuction.