Am I a Candidate for Fat Grafting to the Breast?
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Fat grafting for breasts
Fat grafting is a very useful technique and it sounds like you may well benefit from it. I have used it in patients who have had a poor result from implants although you should be aware that it may only give a modest increase in the size of the breast and may need to be repeated.
There have been concerns about the long term effects, but the consensus seems to suggest that it is safe. Consult a plastic surgeon with experience of the technique and good luck. Jonathan Staiano.
Fat grafting for tuberous breast deformity is a good option
While not mainstream yet both fat grafting and fat grafting of the breast, especially for breast augmentation are starting to gain some traction. It is very important to remember that fat grafting might require 2-3 sessions to achieve your result and currently it is probably better performed with some type of external breast expansion technique such as the BRAVA system. It will cost more than implants alone and it does require both an experienced plastic surgeon as well as your time and effort to complete the process.
All the best,
Fat grafting to correct tuberous breasts
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Your may a good candidate based on the fat availability of the fat for harvest
Don't rush into fat grafting
Fat grafting for tuberous breasts
Thank you for your question. I recently returned from the ASPS national meeting in Denver, CO. While there, everybody was talking about fat grafting. I saw some excellent results using fat grafting in conjunction with the BRAVA system to augment women with tuberous breasts.
For the results I saw, the implants were removed first, followed by 10-14 weeks of BRAVA treatment, then fat grafts to the breasts and 10-14 more weeks of BRAVA. Two to three sessions were required. The results shown were excellent.
Provided that you have enough donor sites for fat harvest, I don't see why you wouldn't be a candidate for fat grafting. Make certain that you see a plastic surgeon that has experience in the harvest and preparation of fat grafts. I know that Dr. Roger Khouri in Miami has experience with this in the United States. Good luck.
Correction of tuberous breast deformity.
Very likely you are a candidate
Correction of tuberous breast deformities is one of the real indications for fat grafting. With your height and weight it is also quite likely that enough fat can be harvested to provide a one cup size enlargement, maybe even more.
One of the main benefits of fat grafting is that it can be placed where needed to shape the breast, so it can be placed in the lower pole of the breast to improve the shape. For best results I might also recommend that you use the BRAVA device to expand the tissues prior to the grafting procedure, and during the procedure 'rigotomy' tissue release may be needed as well. Depending on the extent of the tuberous shape and the final size you want to be, a second grafting procedure may be needed. Fat grafting for breast augmentation and reconstruction is an excellent procedure, but it's different to implants and requires a little more commitment on your part. At our facility we also own the Liquid Gold Lipobank, an FDA certified tissue bank, so that fat can be harvested at a single liposuction procedure and used for repeated grafting procedures if appropriate.
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