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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

What Is Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer?

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, surgeons can now provide those patients 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.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement Cost?

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 costs 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.

Comparing Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement Prices

As with any type of surgical procedure in the UK it is advised to compare fat transfer breast enlargement prices. 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.

How Does Fat Transfer Work?

The most suitable areas for fat to be transferred from are the lower stomach, inner thighs and inner knees. Fat is harvested from these areas and then transplanted into the breast tissue. Fat is first taken using a cannula which is the same instrument used in liposuction to ensure that no damage is done to the fat cells. The process has to be done very carefully. If the cells are damaged they are more likely to lead to calcification within the breast or produce an unsuccessful procedure. This fat is then transferred to the breast area. This is usually performed with injections using a blunt syringe again to prevent any nerve damage. Occasionally it is also performed with strips of fat been placed into the breast. The fat cells are placed underneath the breast tissue they will then take and grow and increase the breast size.

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

Advantages Of Fat Transfer

  • Fat transfer enlargement avoids issues associated with implanting a foreign body into the breast, specifically, the formation of a capsule around the implant leading to hardness and possible distortion of the breast.
  • For people with thin skin, fat transfer may be preferable to implants because, for some, the edge or outer shell of the implant can become visible, and fat transfers avoid this.
  • Fat transfer leads to enlarged breasts that look and feel more natural than implants.
  • For low volume breast enlargement, fat transfer can be done under local anaesthetic. This avoids all the side effects of general anaesthetic as well as an overnight stay in hospital. It also reduces the healing time from approximately 4-6 weeks to 1-2 weeks.
  • As fat is taken from elsewhere on the patient's body, this effectively combines two procedures in one, and is therefore beneficial for those who are considering fat removal as well.
  • Once the fat has settled and grown, the results are permanent, barring any weight loss in the patient. Implants sometimes need to be replaced.
  • There is virtually no scarring as the fat can be injected via incisions that are 1mm to 2mm in length.

Disadvantages Of Fat Transfer

The main one to considerer is the longlivety of the results. Factors affecting how long it will last include the patient's genetics, how good a blood supply establishes itself around the injected fat and lifestyle choices. Smokers have a much higher risk of excessive re-absorption of the fat tissue. This is a non-permanent procedure and will need to be repeated at a later date. Also because of the multiple procedures involved the entire process will take longer than it would with implants. Results can last anything from six months to eight years. Unfortunately there is no way of telling how long it will last for each individual patient. There is also only a limited increase in the breast size. Usually one cup size only is all that can be done. As this is relatively new treatment availability is varied for different areas. The patients should make absolutely certain that the surgeon they choose has had plenty of experience with this sort of procedure before they go ahead with the process. The final disadvantage is that this can show up on mammograms and produce a mimic cancer. However an experienced radiographer should be able to tell the difference in this and cancer cells.

Fat transfer provides a natural and less invasive way of increasing breast size.

Why Consider Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

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.

Results Of Breast Transfer Enlargement

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.

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

Costs For Fat Transfer Surgery Abroad

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.

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