Do you wish you could get rid of fat where you don’t want it, and move it to a place you do? For many women, a natural solution to breast enhancement is fat transfer. Fat is an ideal filler to enhance the shape and size of the breasts while simultaneously slimming areas of the body with excess fat. Best of all, this combo procedure is non-surgical, so there are no stitches and very little to no scarring. We detail five points every woman should know if considering breast augmentation, the advantages of natural breast enhancement over implants and who is a good candidate.
While the risk is very small, there is nonetheless a chance of a rare cancer developing from breast implants, specifically the textured type. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare form of T-cell lymphoma that occurs in the scar tissue that surrounds the implant. As a result, it can spread to the lymph nodes near the breast and in other parts of the body, and may be fatal.
With fat transfer breast enhancement, your body is unlikely to reject your own fat. And you don’t have to worry about the risk of capsular contracture. Capsular Contracture is the immune system’s response to foreign objects causing the scar tissue to tighten around the implant causing the breast to become stiff and painful. Other complications with implants are rippling, infection and implant puncture. Also, implants typically need to be replaced every 10 years, so natural breast enhancement eliminates the risks associated with replacement. By using your own fat, you significantly reduce the chances of having an allergic reaction and infection.
“Fake,” “too separate” and “too bubbly” are just some descriptions of breast augmentation with implants. While improvements have been made in implants, a fat transfer breast enhancement provides a more natural look. Since your breasts are injected with real fat, they are going to look and feel more natural than a typical implant augmentation. Your surgeon can also sculpt the shape you want by strategically placing injections.
If you have some problem areas that have been downright nonresponsive to diet and exercise, natural breast enhancement is a great opportunity to solve two issues in one procedure. The fat needed for the natural breast enhancement is removed through gentle liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, flanks (AKA love handles) and thighs. SmartLipoTM is then used for finishing. Heat from the laser stimulates the growth of collagen, which continues to tighten the skin. It’s a clear win-win!
Breast implants require open surgery, but natural breast enhancement is a minimally-invasive procedure, which means little to no scarring and a shorter recovery time. Liposuction involves very tiny “freckle indent” nicks in the skin, so scarring is minimal. Most patients are back to work in 4 days.
Many patients are drawn to a breast enhancement with fat transfer because they desire organic results and would rather not have implants. Not everyone is an ideal candidate, however. The technique produces modest results, typically increasing the breasts by one cup size at the most. It can be effective for women who have smaller breasts and want a subtle, but noticeable enhancement. Many women choose this option if they have lost volume after having children or need to create symmetry.
At the Lumen Center, we get to know you and your goals to help you achieve the best version of yourself. When deciding on a natural breast enhancement, Dr. Andrew Kwak, founder of the Lumen Center, will review the treatment options and discuss realistic expectations.
Dr. Kwak has over a decade of experience in developing his unique technique for fat transfer breast enhancement. At Lumen, we use specialized processing of the fat, making it super concentrated with high viability. This means most of the injected fat will survive the transplant, bringing permanent results. Full results are seen within 3-6 months.
Dr. Kwak’s patients consider him an artist and appreciate his conservative approach that produce beautiful, natural results. View frequently asked questions and schedule a complimentary consultation today at 610.525.0606.