For many years, the only breast augmentation surgery technique available was breast augmentation with implants. Today, fat grafting is commonly used by cosmetic surgeons around the world for breast augmentation purposes and many other applications. This technique has the benefit of increasing the size and improving the shape of the breasts without introducing a foreign object in the patient’s body (breast implants), which
On top of achieving perfectly natural results consistently, fat grafting breast augmentation offers a double benefit. Since the first part of the procedure involves harvesting fat in chosen areas of the body (often in the stomach and thighs regions), patients can thin down areas with unwanted fat deposits.
Fat grafting breast augmentation limits
This procedure is suited for patients who want to achieve a natural size or shape improvement. However, there are limits to what can be done with fat grafting :
- The amount of fat available in the patient’s body : for very skinny patients with little to no fat stored in the body, the procedure is more complex or not possible at all. In this case, fat can possibly be harvested in less common areas. The first part of the procedure will be longer, or not realistic.
- The volume increase : breast volume is increased with the patient’s own fat cells, therefore it is not possible to gain more than 1 to 2 cup sizes.
- Fat resorption : after the injection of fat in the breasts, part of the transferred fat cells do not engraft, they are reabsorbed by the body. Fat resorption can be uneven between the two breasts and result in asymmetry, which requires a correction procedure in rare cases.