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Breast Augmentation Using Fat Injections

You may have heard of breast lifts or breast augmentation (implants) as a method of improving the shape and firmness of breasts, but one of the newer techniques now available for consideration are fat injections. Fat injections are used for a wide array of plastic surgical procedures, but specifically in the breast area they can be used to increase volume and shape.

El Paso breast enhancement surgeries can also combine fat injections to a breast lift to improve the natural appearance of their breasts, even without implants. Your breasts will have a softer, more natural feel and look as compared to silicone or saline breast implants when fat injections are done as an alternative to breast augmentation.

How does a fat injection work?

Dr. Agullo, a board certified plastic surgeon, will take fat from another part of your body, such as the thighs, buttocks or abdomen and then inject it into the breast to enhance their appearance. This procedure is ideal for someone who is over the age of 30 and has suffered from the effects of gravity – including decreased elasticity in the chest area – and who has perhaps undergone multiple pregnancies. If what you want is a more natural looking without the use of implants, then a fat injection procedure may be the best solution.

Studies by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have revealed that all participants of a study of 46 women who received fat injections showed an increase in breast volume, size, and natural shape of their breasts. The only drawback? It seems as though the fat injection procedure can only increase the size of the breasts by one or two cups per session. Therefore, if you desire a significant change in cup size, you may require more than one fat injection procedure, which may take longer to accomplish than breast implants or getting a breast lift. If you require multiple procedures, it may make it more expensive in comparison to traditional breast augmentation.

Advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation

Many women have wished they could take fat from one part of their body and move it to another area, such as their breasts. When done properly, fat grafting (transfer of fat to the breast) allows women to have:

  • Enhanced shape and fullness of breasts
  • More natural look and feel of breasts from the body’s own fat sources
  • Better sculpting and voluptuousness
  • Minimal scars since few incisions are needed
  • Ability to change symmetry of disproportioned breasts

Dr. Frank Agullo can discuss the idea of getting a fat transfer breast augmentation to see if you have enough fat in the areas required in order to do the procedure. He can also help you weigh in on the pros and cons.

Fat injection breast augmentation techniques and preparation

Fatty tissue must be harvested gently; therefore the procedure takes longer than with traditional breast implant / augmentation surgery. The technique is an outpatient service with minimal invasiveness and the added benefit of liposuction. Dr. Agullo will prepare you for the procedure a few weeks in advance by going over the procedure.

In certain cases he will advise you to wear an external expander called Brava, which will prepare your body for the right conditions for fat injections. Although the changes will be slow and progressive, the pressure of the expander will help your body to naturally generate new tissue and blood vessels, allowing room for the fat injections.

When it comes time for the fat grafting, the tissue is harvested from several different parts of your body through the liposuction process. This is done very strategically to ensure balance in your physique and maintain symmetry. You will not have to endure any incisions for this process. Most patients can be treated within a couple of hours under general anesthesia or IV conscious sedation.

Recovery after fat injections

One of the biggest bonuses by having outpatient fat grafting is the rapid recovery time as compared to having traditional breast augmentation surgery. Many plastic surgeons do the fat transfers in many small injections, rather than in one large amount to enable precision in reshaping of the breasts. This also helps to localize any deformities or asymmetrical breast shapes that existed prior to the procedure.

It is important to know that not all of the fat transferred will survive, hence it may take one to three treatments for a woman to achieve the full effect. Some women experience breast “dimpling” in between sessions as a result of some of the deceased fat deposits. This is generally nothing to be alarmed about. Just like a sculpture, you must be patient for the end results to give you the desired look you wish to achieve.

What side effects can come from having fat injections to enhance breasts?

Although the risks are minimal as compared to major breast augmentation surgeries, there may be side effects associated with getting a fat injection to improve breast appearance. Some potential complications could include:

  • Lumpy textures
  • Rippling
  • Symmetry or lopsided appearance
  • Fat atrophy
  • Scarring on a mammogram
  • Infection
  • Formation of cysts

Although most of these are uncommon or quite rare, they are important considerations in deciding on whether a fat graft breast augmentation is right for you. Technology has made this age-old solution very safe and popular as a way of breast enhancement.

How much does fat transfer breast augmentation cost?

Pricing varies depending on the extent of the treatment or surgery. You can see a list of the approximate prices of each procedure on our current fee schedule. Dr. Agullo charges a consultation fee of $100, which is applied to the cost of your treatment. Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. The exact price of each procedure can only be determined after a thorough consultation. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.

Because of the complexity of the procedure, you should choose an El Paso plastic surgeon who is board certified and accredited member of The American Society of Plastic Surgery. The procedure can be done as an outpatient in an accredited surgical facility. Dr. Agullo has the experience to achieve amazing results if you are considering a fat injection breast enhancement to improve your appearance and confidence.


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