What is Fat transfer?

Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat transfer / lipo filling or fat grafting is the process of using the patient’s fat increase the volume of fat in another area of their body.

The fat is harvested or extracted via the liposuction procedure depending on the volume.

The harvested fat will go through centrifugation process to separate and remove unwanted components such as blood, water or oil. The remaining fat is then injected into the breast.

lipo fat graft

What if I am too skinny?

It is very rarely that we reject a person for fat transfer procedure.  Fats can be located around your thighs, arms, abdomen and hips.

Sometimes for those who are too skinny, we will advise them to try to gain some weight and maintain it for a period of time before coming for the procedure.

How much bigger can I get?

You can expect to increase by around half cup size and no more than a full cup size.  At the beginning, the breast looks full   with slight swelling but the size will reduce a little over a period of time. To reach the size of your desire, a few sessions might be required

Pre Surgery Screen

She must have sufficient body fat and a normal mammogram and with no family history of breast problems.

The Advantage

-uses your own body fat rather than using an implant which is a foreign body, no worries of any downsides of any leakage or capsular contracture or changing in future

-no incision cuts

-shapes the body and remove the fat in areas you do not want.

– feels softer as compare to an implant

The disadvantages

– May take few sessions to get the full results

– Part of the fat will be absorbed and the breasts will lose the fullness in volume in the first 3 to 4 months, but the remaining fat will stay forever.  If you gain weight, the transplanted fat cells will grow and if you lose weight, it will shrink.

 

What is the recovery like?

Patients usually go home the same day and can be back to work within the next 4 to 5 days depending on individuals.  There may be some light swelling and bruising.

Physical exercise can be resumed after 2 or 3 weeks depending on individual.

 

Helpful Methods for Breast Fat Grafting

Currently in the market, the 2 more popular devices for aiding the fat grafting process in breast augmentation :

Brava System

It is an external tissue expander that is worn for several weeks before and after the fat grafting. The Brava device is like a bra with plastic cones for cups. The cones put suction on the breast area to expand the tissue and create a matrix for the fat to live in.

BRAVA works by placing a gentle amount of negative pressure on the entire breast. This negative pressure actually stretches the breast with its internal tissue. The skin and all the underlying tissues down to the chest wall expand to create a fertile matrix that will allow large volumes of fat to be transferred and then to survive.

You may be required to wear the Brava device for 4 or more weeks before the fat injections and for several weeks after. The injected fat may be reabsorbed by the body and you may lose some or all of the breast volume over time.

Enhancement System

The Enhance system is worn like a bra and uses gentle suction to grow new breast tissue cells. The system needs to be worn for a minimum of 1-2 hours a day for around 8 weeks to see results. The maximum wear time is around 3 hours a day for 12 weeks.