It involves removing excess fat from the patient, preparing it, and transplanting it to the desired location. Fat grafting is becoming a popular option amongst women who want to augment their breasts without the need for implants.
What is the history of breast fat grafting?
Fat grafting is considered a safe procedure and has been practiced for decades. It is interesting to note that the fat grafting concept dates back over a century. Fat grafting was first mentioned by a German physician in 1893 where he transferred upper arm fat to the face. In 1895, another physician performed a breast augmentation procedure by transferring a lipoma (fatty tissue deposit) from the back to the breast.
What are the advantages of breast fat grafting?
Many modern women prefer not to augment their breasts with implants or are simply looking for alternative methods. The main advantage of fat grafting is that it involves using your own tissue rather than a foreign device (breast implant).
Using your own fat means that your body will accept the fat and you can avoid the potential problems associated with breast implants. Because breast implants are synthetic, the body responds to them by forming a breast capsule. The capsule itself is not harmful but it can cause problems such as capsular contracture or capsular hardening. Please refer to our breast augmentation section for specific factors that need to be considered when considering breast implants as an alternative to fat grafting. It is also important to keep in mind that implants are not life-long devices and surgery will eventually be required again in the future, meaning additional surgery costs and lifestyle interruptions should be expected. On the other hand, fat grafting is generally considered to be long-lasting.
Because the fat used for grafting is your own, it will not be rejected. The fat will be harvested from another area of your body such as the abdomen, thighs and hips (love handle region). By removing fat from these areas, patients can also enjoy the contouring benefits of fat grafting.
When the fat is placed in the breast, it is typically distributed across various planes within the skin and breast tissue. This means that the breast can have a very natural feel and shape. This is particularly beneficial for those who do like the feel of breast implants.
Breast fat grafting can also be used to enhance and optimise the results of breast implants or breast lift surgery.