Fat Transfer to the Breast

Why Fat Transfer to the Breast?

Fat transfer to the breast is a useful tool used to either completely augment the breast or to enhance the thickness of the breast tissue after placement of an implant.  Fat transfer involves liposuction, purifying the fat that is suctioned and injecting that fat into the breast.

The Ideal Candidate

There are two types of patients that are ideal for fat transfer:

  1. Patients that absolutely do not want an implant. There are many patients that have an aversion to breast implants and would rather avoid them altogether.  For these patients, fat transfer is a reasonable option.  It is important to note that the enhancement that can be achieved with fat transfer is modest and not as predictable as an implant.  Generally speaking, about 60-70% of the transferred fat remains, while the other is absorbed and goes away.  It is difficult to predict how much fat will remain in any given patient.
  2. Patients with very little breast tissue or very thin overlying soft tissues. Women with very little breast tissue who have implants placed may be at risk for visible rippling in the upper part of the breast.  Also, women who have had implants that are too large undergo thinning of the tissue after several years.  In both cases, fat transfer can be used to augment the tissues and prevent visibility of the implant.

A Leader in the Field

Dr. Pittman was one of the first plastic surgeons to research long-term results and patient satisfaction in women undergoing fat transfer for breast augmentation.  In his study, the augmentation in patients undergoing fat transfer was modest.  The patient satisfaction was high, mostly because the procedure was combined with liposuction.  Click here to read Dr. Pittman’s full manuscript of Lipo-augmentation of the Breast.

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