Traditionally, when you choose to surgically enhance the size or shape of a body part like the breasts or buttocks, adding volume necessitates the use of a synthetic implant. But implants come with their own set of pros and cons — they are long-lasting and customizable, but there are some risks associated with placing a foreign object in your body. More recently, a new technique has emerged for plumping areas of the body that are undesirably flat or sagging. Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, allows plastic surgeons to use your body’s own fat stores for body sculpting procedures that typically require implants.
How Does Fat Grafting Work?
Transferring fat from one area of your body to another is accomplished in a few simple steps. First, your surgeon uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site, which will be a part of your body that has a surplus of fat. Love handles, outer thigh bulges or abdominal pads are common choices because many people already want to reduce fat in these areas. Then, the fat is cleaned to remove any excess materials like broken cells or non-fat substances. Finally, your surgeon injects the cleaned fat into the area of the desired augmentation using a very small tool similar to the one used for liposuction but in reverse.
Where Can Fat Grafting Be Used?
At Banff Plastic Surgery, we specialize in using fat grafting for certain breast augmentation clients. It is particularly helpful in restoring volume to the upper half of the breast, which tends to flatten over time as heavier tissues are pulled to the bottom of the breast due to gravity or aging. Fat grafting can also be used along with breast procedures or after surgery if there is some unwanted rippling from implants.
Is Fat Grafting Right for Me?
The first requirement for fat grafting is that you have enough body fat so that your surgeon can locate and utilize a donor site. If you are very thin or you work out frequently, it might be difficult to find an area of your body that has enough fat for a successful graft. For many clients, though, removing fat from one area to transfer it to another is an added benefit — it allows for thorough body sculpting, smoothing one area and filling out another to create a more balanced figure. Fat transfer might not be right for you if you are hoping to increase your breast size by more than one cup sizes, or if you have sagging tissue that is advanced enough to require a breast lift surgery. The results of fat grafting are unpredictable and can be disappointing in patients who have high expectations. Patients need to be prepared to undergo often two or three fat grafting procedures, usually at least 3 months apart, in order to achieve a satisfactory result.
To find out more about whether fat grafting with Banff Plastic Surgery might be right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay. During this in-person meeting, Dr. Hall-Findlay can evaluate your body type and your goals to help you decide if fat grafting will achieve the breast shape you want. Whether you are a good candidate for fat grafting or you require implants or a lift for your best results, Banff Plastic Surgery can provide the services you need to create breasts that you love. Contact us today at 403-762-2055 for more information.