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If you’d like to have round, beautiful breasts, but you are also looking for the most natural appearance possible, fat transfer breast augmentation may be the perfect option for you. Many women have always struggled with the feeling that their breasts are too small, asymmetrical, or otherwise not ideal. Dr. Antell's fat transfer breast augmentation in NYC can help achieve a naturally enhanced, balanced, curving, feminine physique.

What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation uses your own fat, harvested from another part of your body that has excess fat, to enhance your breasts. Instead of using implants, fat transfer breast augmentation creates a more naturally full, round, and attractive shape. 

During fat transfer breast augmentation, fat is harvested from the bottom, abdomen, flanks, thighs, or other areas with surplus fat. An extra benefit of fat transfer breast augmentation is that it provides a smoother, more sculpted, and contoured area of the body where the fat was transferred from.

Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Antell performs fat transfer breast augmentation in New York City for women who want to enhance their breasts a cup size or two, and want the most natural appearance, without implants. The ideal BMI for candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation is 22 or higher. 

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good health generally 
  • Are nonsmokers
  • Have sufficient unwanted fat to be harvested 
  • Would like to gain moderate cleavage and a naturally larger breast appearance 
  • Would like to achieve more symmetrical, even breasts
  • Would like to enhance the shape and roundness of their breasts
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Fat transfer breast augmentation--advantages vs disadvantages

Fat transfer breast augmentation has a number of advantages, but it also has some disadvantages, too.

Advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation

  • Fat transfer is natural and doesn’t include putting anything foreign into your body.
  • Fat transfer provides a completely natural look and feel.
  • With fat transfer, your body is sculpted and contoured as a part of harvesting the needed fat for your breast enhancement. You lose fat where you don’t want it, and you gain larger breasts.
  • Fat transfer includes virtually no scarring.
  • There are no complications to think about (implants may rupture, rarely, and can shift or fold).

Disadvantages of fat transfer breast augmentation

Breast augmentation with fat transfer can only provide a certain amount of enhancement--boosting your breasts one or two cup sizes. If you want a more dramatic enhancement, fat transfer breast augmentation may not be the right procedure for you.

  • Fat cells can be reabsorbed, which may diminish your enhancement.
  • Fat transfer to the breasts doesn’t provide a lifted look, the way breast implants can.
  • Fat transfer can be more expensive because it involves two procedures, liposuction and breast augmentation. 

Fat transfer vs breast implants 

When it comes to breast augmentation, you’ll need to decide between either fat transfer or breast implants. There are some pros and cons for each procedure:

Pros of breast implants

  • Breast implants come in a wide variety to suit any type of personal aesthetic. 
  • Implants can achieve a subtle or very dramatic increase in size.
  • Can provide a natural result.
  • Implants provide a very long-lasting, beautiful result.

Cons of breast implants

Implants come with the possible risk of complications, including capsular contracture, implant rupture, or implant displacement.

Implants have also been associated with Breast Implant Illness, (a non-medical diagnosis with side effects like joint pain, fatigue, and brain fog).

Fat transfer breast augmentation

Pros of fat transfer breast augmentation

  • Provides the most natural look. 
  • Feels completely natural, as soft and smooth as your natural breasts.
  • Provides an organic and entirely natural augmenting material, eliminating the need to put anything foreign into your body.
  • You can sculpt and slim your figure while enhancing your breasts. 
  • With fat grafting, there is no possibility of implant complications or implant rejection.

Cons of fat transfer breast augmentation

  • Fat grafting can only achieve a subtle increase in size.
  • Fat grafting may not be as easy to mold and sculpt as implants.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer cannot promise the same longevity of results. The body may eventually absorb the fat transplanted to the breasts, and patients may require an additional procedure.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Procedure

Consultation

You will start with a thorough consultation with Dr. Antell. He will review your medical history, examine you, and discuss your aesthetic goals for your breasts. Dr. Antell will walk you through the procedure in detail and answer any questions to help prepare you for what to expect. 

An important part of your consultation is making the decision about which part of your body you would like to harvest fat from. Dr. Antell will discuss which possible donor sites on your body might be best to help you achieve a sculpted, hourglass figure, and which will best complement your augmented breasts. Common harvest areas are the bra area, thighs, abdomen, or flanks.

Preparing for Surgery 

As you prepare for your fat transfer breast augmentation procedure in New York at our office, stop taking anything you’re taking that could act as a blood thinner, such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements or vitamins. Taking these can cause excessive bleeding during your procedure.

Quit smoking. Smoking can impair healing because it decreases the flow of blood. This makes any incisions less likely to close or heal well. Smoking also weakens your immune system; this increases the chance of potential infection.

Procedure

During your surgery, Dr. Antell will carefully and gently remove the fat from the harvest area by liposuction. This is done as smoothly as possible to try to preserve as many fat cells as possible without damaging them. The fat cells are purified and carefully cleaned, either by straining them or in a centrifuge. This ensures that only the most viable fat cells will remain for reintroduction into your breasts, giving them the highest chance of fully remaining in the breasts. 

Dr. Antell will inject the fat into your breasts in specific amounts and locations in each breast. He will create an ideal fullness, symmetry, and aesthetic appearance. Your breasts will look immediately fuller and more plump, full, and round.

Recovery

Once your procedure is complete, you will be able to go home with compression bandages around your breasts and liposuction sites. This helps to prevent swelling and keep the shape of your new breasts and body contour. 

Recovery time usually varies based on which fat donor sites were liposuctioned. You will likely need to spend one to two days recuperating, but the general recovery period before you can return to work is usually about a week. You will need to wait about 3-6 weeks to resume strenuous work or exercise.

What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation? 

  • Increased breast volume by 1-2 cup sizes
  • Provides an extremely natural breast augmentation
  • Rounder, bigger, more curvy breasts without the need for implants
  • Can replace implants you no longer want with more natural breast augmentation
  • Extremely minimal incisions and scarring
  • Includes the removal of unwanted fat from areas of the body with excess fat

How long will the results last?

The results of your natural breast augmentation can be very long lasting, but do keep in mind that the body may naturally absorb some of the fat cells.

Some of the injected fat will dissolve in the first few weeks after the procedure, and this is expected and compensated for during the initial procedure itself. Dr. Antell will overfill your breasts during your procedure to ensure your final results are satisfactory. In some cases, a follow-up procedure may be needed to add additional fat. 

After the first month, the amount of fat your body retains will not decrease further. If you maintain your current weight, the size of your breasts will last from this point forward.

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