After many years of worry and concern over the application of breast implants using silicone or saline, finally there may be an alternative to using foreign materials to enhance the human breast. Ground breaking advancements in surgical technology has made possible fat transfer to breasts.
Instead of removing and discarding of fat from unwanted areas of the body, why not provide those patient the opportunity of re-using the fat elsewhere. It usually follows that those patients requiring excess fat removal due to old age or child birth, are also likely to have the desire to correct the additional results of age and child birth, that is, sagging or reduced size of breasts. There may even be cost benefits of combining two procedures and utilizing the patients own body tissue instead of providing artificial implants.
There are several reasons why undergoing fat transfer to enlarge the breasts would be preferable to the traditional implant operation:
Fat transfer is generally undertaken as a private treatment in the UK as it is unlikely to be available on the NHS. The cost of the operation is dependent on the individuals patients needs.
In the UK, on average a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure between £3,000 and £8,000 depending on the client and the clinic. This quote will usually include the costs for initial consultation, anaesthetic, the actual procedure and any follow up care. The clinic will confirm what is covered in your quote at your initial consultation.
The costs are slightly greater than for traditional breast augmentation using implants as it is a more specialised area of breast surgery with fewer surgeons able to complete it. Some clinics offer payment programmes to reduce the investment to monthly payments. Different clinics will charge different amounts for this service, so it will pay to shop around.
Breast enlargement surgery has improved leaps and bounds over the last few decades and is now one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure carried out in the modern world. With more than 10,000 procedures performed in the UK every year, breast enlargement surgery in the UK shows no signs of becoming less popular. Due to the results of childbirth, age and also mastectomy surgery during cancer treatment, many women are left with breasts that they do not recognize and do not want. This dissatisfaction at the hands of nature and sometimes misfortune, has led women the world over to seek ways of gaining back their bodies and with it, increased confidence and sex appeal.
Fat transfer breast enlargement is not suitable for everyone as not all the fat transferred to the breast remains. Indeed, it is estimated that around 30% is lost. This means that the procedure is only really suitable for those who wish to go up one cup size and not much more. The fat is inserted into the upper part of the breast under the skin; not actually into the breast tissue and the fat cells that remain are able to grow. This means that it is also only suitable for those who wish to increase fullness in this area.
Fat transfer enlargement should also only really be performed on patients who are happy with the shape of their breasts. The placement of the fat in the breast means that it is not able to produce much uplift or alter breast shape significantly, therefore in that situation implants or a specific uplift surgery would be required.
In summary, this form of breast enlargement is able to add volume to the upper portion of the breast and can add an extra cup size, but for more dramatic results, including reshaping, implantation augmentation is still the best method.
As with any type of surgical procedure in the UK it is advised to compare fat transfer breast enlargement prices keenly. The reputation and experience of surgeons and clinics should be more important than price and since this is a fairly new procedure, it is best left to those highly experienced surgeons with the best previous track record and reputation. The after care package should be a big selling point in case any corrective surgery is required.
Some clients choose to have the procedure abroad as the costs can be up to 60% less than having the operation in the UK. In the Czech republic prices can be £1,500 to £4,000. In Belgium prices begin from around £2,000. Beyond Europe costs for fat transfer can fall below £1,000. When calculating any savings made by having surgery abroad the prospective patient must include the costs of flights, accommodation and specialist insurance, in addition to the cost quoted, for the clinic. It is advisable to consider the costs of flights for follow up treatment if any complications occur.