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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer?

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.

Cosmetic surgeon David Floyd discusses how fat transfer breast enlargement works and why it might be an attractive option for many people considering breast enlargement.

The Fat Transfer 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.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement Cost?

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.

Which Areas can Fat Transfer Treat?

There are certain areas that are most suitable areas from which fat can be collected, including:

  • The lower abdomen (“muffin top”)
  • Inner Thighs
  • Inner Knees

Fat transfer breast enlargement allows patients to recycle fat from elsewhere on their body.

Advantages of Fat Transfer

  • Natural looking and feeling breast enlargement, with no foreign body insertion and thus no potential for scar tissue or breast distortion
  • Two beneficial procedures in one; naturally enlarged breasts and reduced problem fatty areas such as the abdomen or thighs
  • Low volume BAFT procedures can normally be done under local anaesthetic, avoiding the potential risks and recovery time needed following a general anaesthetic
  • Healing time is significantly shorter than with breast implant augmentation, typically only taking around 1-2 weeks
  • Minimal scarring compared to traditional implant augmentation, as incisions are only 1-2mm long

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Disadvantages of Fat Transfer

  • Possible changes to mammogram results that may mimic the appearance of cancer
  • Limits on the level of enlargement possible: augmentation is most likely limited to an increase of one cup size. It is also difficult to alter the shape or height of the breasts using BAFT alone
  • Longevity is limited: BAFT is a non-permanent procedure likely to need repeating at a later date. Factors affecting the longevity of the procedure include weight loss, smoking and whether a blood supply is successfully established by the body following the procedure
  • All of the normal risks of liposuction, including bruising, scarring and saggy skin
  • There is a small potential for the development of calcified lumps or cysts within the breasts
  • As BAFT is a relatively new and specialised treatment, availability is much more limited than for standard breast augmentation.

Fat transfer breast augmentation has a quicker recovery time and provides permanent results.

Results of Breast Transfer Enlargement

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.

Do The Results Of Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement Last?

Cosmetic surgeon David Floyd answers the question of whether or not the results of fat transfer breast enlargement will last and for how long.

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