Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting Los Angeles, CA
Breast Fat Grafting Los Angeles
Breast augmentation with fat grafting or breast fat transfer has gained popularity in the last decade, largely through the efforts and advancements made in breast reconstruction following mastectomy. For several decades, breast implants were the only really viable mode of breast augmentation in the US. Now, breast augmentation with fat grafting in Los Angeles offers a form of natural breast augmentation.
Particularly in implant reconstruction, the use of fat transfer has added fullness, improved symmetry, and reduced the visible rippling known to occur with implant reconstruction alone.
The Acceptance of Breast Fat Grafting and Breast Transfer in the Medical Field
In Europe, fat transfer breast augmentation preceded the acceptance in the United States by about a decade. Plastic surgeons in the US were concerned about the possible implications of fat grafting to the breasts in regard to calcifications and interpretation of mammograms in regard to breast cancer detection and screening.
Radiologists have confirmed that any calcifications caused by fat grafting can be distinguished from any calcifications associated with malignancy. Therefore, this triumph has overcome the concern that fat grafting could possibly lead to more biopsies secondary to mammographic calcifications.
Best Breast Surgeons in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes was voted one of the best breast doctors in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles). Dr. Kenneth Hughes offers the full array of breast augmentation, augmentation/lift, revision, lift, and reduction procedures, along with inverted nipple correction.
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The Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
Breast fat transfer is a great tool to balance breasts, improve symmetry, and gain up to one cup size in volume. The fat transfer volumes to each breast may range from 240 cc to 360 cc in most cases. About 50% of the fat survives, on average.
The process involves first using gentle liposuction to remove fatty tissue from areas of the body like the thighs, abdomen, and back. This tissue is purified so that only the healthiest fat cells are used for transfer. Finally, the healthy fat cells are carefully injected into the breasts in order to create new volume.
Breast fat grafting has the decided advantage of utilizing your own tissue and avoiding all of the implant-related complications, including rupture and capsular contracture. In addition, fat grafting by its very nature requires fat to transfer. Liposuction is performed to harvest the fat, and because of this, the patient can get improvement in not only the breasts but in those areas of the body that are liposuctioned as well.
It is critical that the surgeon selected by the patient is an expert in liposuction as well as breast augmentation. Dr. Hughes has performed countless revisions to fix liposuction deformities from surgeries performed by other surgeons performed elsewhere. The breast augmentation procedure with fat grafting should be a success as well as the liposuction. The liposuction should improve contours and also leave the areas liposuctioned smooth and as though no surgery was performed.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
Once your natural breast augmentation session is complete, the healing process will begin. This process is less intensive than implant-based augmentation, since there is no need to deal with breast incision healing.
During recovery, you will need to wear compression garments on the areas that received liposuction. These garments control post-surgical swelling and bruising. You will also need to take time off from work and may take prescribed pain-control medication as recommended.
The main complications of fat grafting to the breasts would include fat necrosis, wherein the fat injected can die and leave a hardened piece of tissue, which may need to be removed. Most of the time, these areas will soften and improve without need for intervention.
The fat grafting can cause calcifications, which may complicate mammogram interpretation (though probably insignificant). Finally, only 50% of the fat survives, and multiple operations may be necessary to obtain a stable, long term result.
Will I Need More Than One Session of Breast Fat Transfer?
Some patients will require more than one session of fat grafting to achieve the best results. In most cases, Dr. Hughes transfers more fat than other surgeons to help avoid multiple procedures, higher costs, and multiple recoveries.
In general, Dr. Hughes advises patients who want more than one cup size that breast augmentation with implants remains the most reliable method currently available. It is unreasonable to believe that fat grafting no matter how optimally performed can achieve more than 1 cup size.
3/4 cup size increase is about average for one fat transfer procedure. And though Dr. Hughes has performed up to 3 separate breast fat transfers in a few patients, Dr. Hughes believes that each subsequent surgery results in smaller improvements.
Other Fat Grafting Options
More recently, fat grafting has exploded in popularity primarily through buttock augmentation (Brazilian buttlift) and for facial volume enhancement. Dr. Hughes uses fat grafting techniques to augment calves, breasts, hips, traumatic defects, and previous liposuction defects.
Please see some of Dr. Hughes’s breast fat grafting results in the breast fat grafting galleries.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
Breast fat transfer is a great tool to balance breasts, improve symmetry, and gain up to one cup size in volume.
What Is the Cost of Breast Fat Grafting in Los Angeles?
- $9000 to $15,000 (determined by the number of areas liposuctioned to retrieve enough fat to get at least 300 cc per breast)
The price of natural breast enlargement varies. The details of each patient’s procedure determine the final cost. The amount of fat transferred, the number of areas contoured with liposuction, and the exact techniques used all affect price. Please note that pricing for Breast Fat Grafting may vary based on the individual needs of the patient.
Arrange a consultation to find out more about breast augmentation with fat grafting in Los Angeles by contacting our office. Dr. Kenneth Hughes will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this form of natural breast augmentation.