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Breast Fat Grafting

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Breast fat grafting in Davenport is a surgery that involves injecting fat into the breasts to improve their volume and profile. This form of natural breast augmentation is a viable option for women who want bigger breasts without the need for implants. Because the procedure involves moving fat from one region of the body to another, it also offers fat-reduction and contouring benefits.

Iowa Plastic Surgery has done fat grafting to face, hands and body for over 10 years. We have been doing fat grafting to the breast after acknowledgement that it is a safe practice. We have done both reconstructive and cosmetic cases.

About 50-80% of the grafted fat survives. In about 20% of patients the fat reduces completely.* *Individual results may vary. Luckily, this process is uniform so one breast is not larger than the other.

Why Undergo Breast Fat Grafting?

Fat can be used for mildly tuberous breasts to expand the skin and restore contours. It is also good for tight breast folds, volume in the cleavage area, and to cover wrinkling. For reconstructive patients it can be used to fill in after partial lumpectomy and is one of the best ways to restore after radiation.

Fat grafting for volume usually increases about one half cup size, but can be used for superior fullness and to place where volume is needed unlike an implant. It is placed just below the skin or just above the muscle.

Fat grafted patients may be subject to a biopsy if an area of fat forms a lump or calcification.

Our carefully selected fat grafting patients have been very pleased. For patients already having a procedure such as liposuction or a tummy tuck and wanting a slight increase in breast size it has been very beneficial. The fat is recycled from the donor area to the chest.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Breast fat grafting is ideal for women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts and also wish they could get rid of stubborn excess body fat. Women who are in good overall health, have high skin elasticity, and are not pregnant or breastfeeding are ideal candidates.

Women who have lost breast volume as a result of pregnancy and lactation are good candidates for this breast-enlargement technique. Patients who have had their breast implants removed are also excellent candidates for breast fat grafting. This is because their breasts have previously been enlarged by the implants and should thus accept the fat quite easily.

Breast fat grafting may be a great alternative for women who have experienced multiple instances of capsular contracture as a result of implants. This strategy is also excellent for women who have broad hips but small breasts, since fat-laden hips can be a good source of fat for grafting.

The Procedure

Dr. Van Raalte will begin the breast fat grafting procedure by using a marker to mark your body, indicating where the fat should be extracted and injected. The fat is extracted from areas with excess fat (often the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks). Manual liposuction will be used to remove fat from the body. General anesthesia is used for the majority of breast fat grafting surgeries.

After collecting the fat, Dr. Van Raalte will use a centrifuge to filter and purify the tissue, removing oil, blood, and water. This improves the chances of survival for the transferred tissue.

Dr. Van Raalte will inject small portions of refined fat into the lower breast fold and areola through tiny holes. He will use this refined tissue to mold each breast, giving it a natural appearance. It normally takes three to five hours to finish the surgery.

The Recovery Process

The number of fat extraction sites impacts your recovery time after breast fat grafting. Compression bandages will be placed on both the harvest and grafting regions after the surgery to support healing and protection against infection.

You may experience minimal discomfort during recovery. This can be addressed with oral pain relievers, which will be prescribed by Dr. Van Raalte. Slight bruising and swelling at the treatment sites are to be expected, and they should subside in about two weeks.

What Results Can I Expect After Breast Fat Grafting?

Patients will notice an immediate increase in size after their procedure. This will in part be due to post-treatment swelling, and fat will eventually be diminished, since not all grafted fat survives after the surgery. Any volume increase that lasts four months after the surgery is permanent.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have any concerns regarding breast fat grafting in Davenport or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Benjamin Van Raalte, please contact us today. The experienced team at Iowa Plastic Surgery look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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