Breast augmentation fat transfer (BAFT), is a procedure during which unwanted fat is removed from one area of the body (such as the thighs or stomach) and inserted into the breasts to increase their size. A procedure that does not therefore involve the insertion of implants, it is generally considered a minimally invasive alternative to the insertion of breast implants. Furthermore, as it involves removing unwanted fat from other areas of the body, it can be a doubly beneficial cosmetic procedure.
When you go for a BAFT procedure the area used for collection (usually your stomach or thighs) will be injected with a “tumescence” solution which reduces pain and bleeding. The area then undergoes liposuction and the collected fat is purified before being injected through a cannula into the natural small hollows within the upper portion of your breasts, resulting in their enlargement.
As a purely cosmetic procedure, BAFT treatment is not available on the NHS and thus is undergone privately. Treatment costs start at around £3,000 and depend on the individual patient, the procedure undertaken and the clinic providing the treatment. As the procedure is technically two procedures in one, the costs may be slightly higher than a traditional breast augmentation; however the risks and recovery time are much lower.
There are certain areas that are most suitable areas from which fat can be collected, including:
In addition to reducing unwanted fatty areas from which the fat is harvested, the BAFT procedure can enlarge your breasts by up to one cup size, although results may vary as it is reported that anywhere between 30-80% of the fat is actually retained within the breasts. As the fat is injected into the upper portion of the breast, just under the skin, meaning that uplift or significant reshaping is not technically possible using BAFT.
The longevity of BAFT results varies between patients and procedures – some see almost permanent enlargement, whereas other need to repeat treatment within several weeks of their initial procedure. Factors affecting the length of the results include smoking, weight loss and other factors such as the natural retention of the injected fat etc. Patients should therefore be aware that although the liposuction results are essentially guaranteed, the breast enlargement will not produce as dramatic results as traditional breast implant augmentation.