Breast Fat Injection

Breast fat injection is the transferring of fat from one area of your body into your breasts. This procedure is ideal for women who have excess fat on their body that they would like to remove and also wish to increase breast fullness using natural tissue rather than implants. It’s an opportunity to actually reduce fat where there is too much and increase it where you want more – i.e., the breasts. 

Is Breast Fat Injection Right For You?

This procedure reduces the risk of implant rupture or leak and leaves less bruising and swelling than a breast augmentation. In addition, the breasts look and feel 100% natural after the procedure.

Dr. Kevin Tehrani is considered an expert plastic surgeon, particularly with regard to breast procedures. This minimally invasive technique is a way of increasing breast size without the need for implants.

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Who Is A Candidate for Breast Fat Injection?

Breast fat injection is recommended for women who want a moderate increase in breast size, up to one cup size. It is also an opportunity to reduce pockets of fat in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks.

The ideal candidate for a Breast Fat Injection, also known as autologous fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, is typically a woman seeking a modest increase in breast volume with a natural appearance. This procedure is well-suited for individuals who desire a subtle enhancement without the use of implants. Ideal candidates should have sufficient excess body fat, typically in areas like the abdomen or thighs, to harvest for the transfer. They should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the outcome. Breast Fat Injection can provide a natural-looking and lasting enhancement for those candidates who meet the right conditions, offering a safe and effective alternative to traditional breast augmentation methods.

Women who want to increase their breast size beyond one cup size should consider breast augmentation with implants.

What is the Breast Fat Injection Procedure?

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The typical procedure for breast fat injections is the removal of excess fat cells from other areas of the body using a cannula and a vacuum machine, similar to a simple procedure in Liposuction. The excess fat is specially treated and then injected into three areas of the breast – above the muscle, in the muscle itself, and under the muscle. Read more about liposuction.

In order to properly define the breast and make it appear larger and perfectly shaped, Dr. Tehrani also removes fat from other specific and targeted areas of the breast. This allows him to contour your breasts so that the result is pleasing and symmetrical.

Here is a detailed overview of the breast fat injection procedure:

  1. Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with Dr. Tehrani. During this consultation, Dr. Tehrani will discuss your goals, assess your candidacy for the procedure, and explain the risks and benefits. He will also review your medical history and perform a physical examination to determine if you have enough excess fat for the procedure.

  2. Pre-operative preparations: If you are deemed a suitable candidate for breast fat injection, you will be given pre-operative instructions. This may include guidelines on diet, exercise, and medications to avoid in the days leading up to the surgery.

  3. Liposuction: On the day of the procedure, you will be placed under local or general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Tehrani's recommendation and your preferences. Dr. Tehrani will then perform liposuction to harvest excess fat from donor areas of your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. This fat is typically collected using a cannula, a thin tube connected to a vacuum device.

  4. Fat processing: After liposuction, the collected fat is processed to separate impurities, excess fluids, and damaged fat cells from the healthy fat cells. This purified fat is then prepared for injection into the breasts.

  5. Injection into the breasts: Using small, carefully placed incisions, Dr. Tehrani injects the purified fat into various areas of the breasts to achieve the desired size and shape. Multiple injections may be performed, and Dr. Tehrani will pay careful attention to ensure even distribution and symmetry.

  6. Recovery: Once the fat injections are complete, you may be fitted with a compression garment to help reduce swelling and ensure optimal contouring. Most patients can return home the same day but should arrange for someone to drive them.

  7. Post-operative care: You will need to follow post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Tehrani. This typically includes taking prescribed medications, wearing a compression garment as directed, and avoiding strenuous activities for a specified period. Swelling and bruising are common after the procedure but should subside over time.

  8. Results: The final results of breast fat injection may not be immediately apparent, as some of the injected fat may be absorbed by the body. Over the course of several weeks, the surviving fat cells will establish blood flow and settle into their new position. The results are typically more natural-looking and feel like natural breast tissue because it's your own fat.

It's important to note that not all the injected fat may survive, and multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired breast size and shape. Additionally, the longevity of results can vary from person to person.

As with any surgical procedure, breast fat injection carries potential risks and complications, such as infection, scarring, and asymmetry. That’s why It's crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Tehrani who has the experience in this procedure to minimize the risks and achieve the best possible outcome.

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Meet Dr. Kevin Tehrani, MD FACS

Top plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Tehrani is the founder and director of Aristocrat Plastic Surgery. He values reaching the highest levels of achievement in reconstructive and plastic surgical training, continuing education and clinical experience. Your comprehensive consultation will be exceedingly informative, clear, balanced and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss all your concerns.

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Breast fat injection is usually a one-day procedure, and the recovery time is relatively short. Most patients find that they can return to their daily routines within a week. Of course, it is highly recommended that you avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.

Recovery from a Breast Fat Injection procedure typically involves a relatively straightforward process, but it's essential to follow post-operative instructions carefully for optimal results. Immediately after the surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in both the breast and donor areas where fat was harvested through liposuction. We will provide you with complete post-operative instructions, and we can give you pain medication if needed. However, many patients find that the discomfort is minimal and resolves quickly.

Patients are typically advised to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the newly injected fat. Strenuous activities, especially those involving the chest and donor areas, should be avoided for several weeks, and patients are encouraged to rest and take it easy during this time.

Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over the following weeks, and patients should notice a gradual improvement in breast size and contour. However, it's important to understand that not all the injected fat may survive, and some patients may require additional sessions to achieve their desired breast size.

Most patients can return to work and normal daily activities within a week or two, but vigorous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for a more extended period. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Tehrani will be scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns.

Ultimately, the recovery experience varies from person to person, but by adhering to the guidelines provided by Dr. Tehrani and being patient as the results evolve, patients can enjoy the benefits of a natural breast augmentation achieved through their own body fat.

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