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What Are the Benefits of Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?

In addition to the benefit of fat reduction and contouring in the area(s) where fat has been harvested, fat transfer breast augmentation offers a number of other benefits, such as:

Am I a Candidate for a Natural Breast Augmentation?

Candidates for natural breast augmentation generally want to add volume to their breasts while simultaneously reducing unwanted fat in another area of their body. (During your consultation, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph DiBello, can help you determine which area(s) are best.) Many patients appreciate this “two-in-one” procedure’s ability to more comprehensively contour the physique.

It is important to note that while natural breast augmentation can provide a noticeable enhancement, it typically cannot produce the same amount of volume as breast augmentation can. As such, patients who desire a more significant augmentation may want to consider the traditional technique (i.e., implants rather than fat transfer). No matter your needs and aesthetic preferences, Dr. DiBello can help you choose the best course of action during your initial consultation.

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What Are the Risks of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

All surgery carries risks and potential side effects. Cysts, infection, microcalcifications, and fat necrosis (death of fat cells) may occur and can possibly compromise breast cancer detection on future mammograms. Since some resorption/dispersion of the grafted fat over time is expected, touch-up or follow-up injections may be necessary to maintain shape. With that in mind, please be aware that Dr. DiBello has performed fat transfer for many years and will take every precaution to minimize the risk of adverse side effects.

Notably, patients who opt for the fat transfer method do not need to worry about the risks associated with breast implants. While major complications with breast implants are typically rare, fat transfer patients can take comfort in the fact that no foreign objects are implanted into their bodies.

How Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Performed?

During the natural breast augmentation procedure, liposuction is used to harvest fat from one or more designated donor sites, such as the thighs, flanks, abdomen, and/or hips. After unwanted fat has been removed, it is carefully filtered and purified before it can be injected into the breasts. The prepared fat is then skillfully injected in targeted locations throughout the breasts, ultimately creating a fuller, natural appearance. This process enables Dr. DiBello to gradually and precisely enhance shape and size, since each injection is relatively small.

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Dr. DiBello did a wonderful job on my breast augmentation back in 2008. Since then, I've had two kids and breastfed both. My breast still look incredible. I am so pleased with my breasts 12 years later. If you're looking for a talented doctor that listens to exactly what you want, look no further - Dr. DiBello is the doctor for you.

What Is Recovery Like After Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Following natural breast augmentation with fat transfer, patients may experience some tenderness, swelling, and/or bruising in the breasts and donor region(s), but any discomfort is usually managed well with prescribed medication. Breasts may initially appear slightly larger than intended—however, this should resolve over time as swelling goes down and some of the injected fat cells are reabsorbed into the body. Most patients are able to return to work and/or other low-impact activities within about seven to ten days. Heavy lifting, sports, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks, to ensure proper healing.

How Will My Scars Look After Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Because fat transfer breast augmentation is a major surgery, the chance of scarring is always present. In particular, incisions made during the liposuction component of the procedure are liable to leave light (yet typically small) scars. No matter the procedure he is performing, Dr. DiBello strives to limit the possibility of excessively noticeable scarring, or at least allow scars to be easily hidden within natural creases or clothing. In addition, patients can often help optimize incision healing by carefully following their post-operative instructions.

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How Long Does Fat Transfer to the Breast Last?

The results of fat transfer breast augmentation should last for many years, as fat cells removed with liposuction cannot regrow. That said, a small amount of fat cells often remains even after liposuction, allowing newly contoured breasts to expand or shrink in response to a major weight change. For this reason, Dr. DiBello encourages patients to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to preserve the results of natural breast augmentation.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost?

Most natural breast augmentation procedures range from $7,500 to $9,000 at DiBello Plastic Surgery, depending on the number of liposuctioned areas and the total volume of fat transferred. To give you a better idea of the actual overall price, this amount is inclusive of several variables, such as Dr. DiBello’s fee, hospital/facility fees, and anesthesia (most plastic surgery price quotes available online only provide the average cost of the surgeon’s fee). To obtain a personalized price estimate that takes your unique needs and desires into consideration, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiBello.

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