Breast reconstruction is most commonly performed using implants. However, since reconstructive surgery is so complex and the outcome depends on a variety of different factors, implants alone may not be enough to deliver the ideal results. In these cases, fat transfer can often make a positive difference.
What is Fat Transfer?
The process of fat transfer involves collecting fat cells from one area of the body, often the abdomen, and transplanting them to an area that needs a little more volume. With fat transfer breast augmentation, women enhance the appearance of their breasts using fatty tissue from their own body. Fat transfer can also be used to augment the lips, or to fill in deep lines and wrinkles rather than using synthetic dermal fillers.
There are many benefits to fat transfer breast augmentation:
Since the entire process is performed through a combination of liposuction and injection, women are able to boost their cup size without incisions or scars. At the same time, the fatty deposits at the donor area are significantly reduced, so women can enjoy a slimmer profile in addition to enhancing the appearance of their breasts.
How does Fat Transfer Help with Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a very challenging surgery for a number of reasons. Plastic surgeons are limited by the existing amount of skin and tissue, both of which are often thinner and more delicate after a mastectomy. The process also usually takes a long time and may include several surgeries.
The simplest and most popular approach toward reconstructive surgery is the use of implants. The implants, which are typically silicone rather than saline, recreate the shape of the breast. However, without enough existing natural tissue, the implant edges may be visible or palpable. In the past, this has led to frustrations with reconstructive surgery, but fat transfer could change the way reconstruction is performed for the better.
Incorporating fat transfer with an implant during reconstruction helps to increase the amount of natural tissue in the breast, softening the appearance of the implant for smooth, contoured results. Fat transfer can also be used to restore the natural curve of the breast following a significant lumpectomy.
Fat transfer can similarly enhance the results of flap reconstructive surgery, which is a complex procedure that moves tissue from the patient’s abdomen or back to reshape the breast. Flap reconstruction can also incorporate implants, and fat transfer serves as the finishing touch that perfects the final results.
Examine Your Options by Calling Simply Breasts!
The method that you choose for breast reconstruction, or even whether you choose reconstruction at all, is a very personal decision. The goal in reconstruction is to create beautiful, natural-looking results that help women feel more confident about their figure, and the process for achieving that goal is different for every woman.
Find out more about what to expect and what are the best options for you by calling Simply Breasts today. We have achieved fantastic results for past clients, and look forward to doing the same for you.