What's the most natural augmentation method and what's the cost? And what's the maintenance requirement/commitment? (photos)
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Natural breast appearance
Micro fat transfers to the breasts, often called natural breast enhancement, is a surgical procedure that involves liposuction and removal of deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body, and transferring that fat to the breasts. The procedure is used to enhance the breasts giving them a fuller. Each time the procedure is performed, the breasts will permanently enlarge up to one cup size. The fat transfer to the breasts is usually an outpatient procedure with a 4-7 day recovery off of work and 2-3 weeks away from strenuous exercise.
Fat transfers are charged by the number of body areas that are liposuctioned and treated. The estimated cost for one area of liposuction (e.g. abdominal area) is $1500, and the estimated cost for the fat transfer is $2600.00. That does not include facility or anesthesia fees which are based on the length of the surgery. That can be determined once I see the amount of fat necessary to be transferred to your breasts.
The only limit to breast enlargement by fat transfer is the amount of fat that you have elsewhere on your body to move to the breasts and the number of procedures that you can undergo. The secret to successful fat transfer is to have spaces in the recipient areas (your breasts) to put the fat. Think of fat cells as very small machines that need fuel to survive. Each fat cell transferred has to be placed next to a living cell so that it can draw oxygen and nutrients from it. If the transferred cell is surrounded by only other transferred fat cells, it will die and disappear. So it is important to transfer only enough fat cells that can be spread around in the native breast tissue. A glob of transferred fat cells will all die except for the few cells on the outer edges of the glob.
For example, starting with A-cup breasts, the transfer procedure may increase breast size by one cup size. Now you have B-cup breasts and with a second surgery more new fat can be accepted into the breast tissue, leading to a C-cup breast size. And so on and so forth.
Many women choose to have two or three surgeries to get to the size they want. After each surgery, they can decide if the breasts are large enough. The results are permanent and there are no implants to worry about or to ever replace.
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Perhaps you mean most natural looking augmentation? There are any number of techniques that can give a very natural appearing result. The silicone implants are softer until you get a capsular contracture. Capsular contracture happens with all types of implants and makes them feel hard. You are looking for a small augmentation. That might be why you state silicone implants feel hard. Large implants of any type are going to feel hard. Your area does tend toward larger implants. Go talk with a board certified plastic surgeon to work out a plan personalized for you.
Costs of any procedures are going to vary by your location and the skill and expertise of the surgeon you choose. Silicone under the muscle, in a patient who already has as much breast tissue as you do, should feel very natural and should not feel "hard". Of course, the most natural solution would be to undergo fat grafting to your breasts. Not all surgeons will perform this procedure as it is still somewhat under investigation.
The important thing is to choose your surgeon very carefully and visit with a surgeon certified by the American Board of plastic surgery only.
Best of luck!
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA
What's the most natural #breastaugmentation method and maintenance requirement/commitment?
Breast augmentation is all about a healthy conversation between patients and their surgeons. I would recommend finding a plastic surgeon that really listens and tries to understand what your goals are for a natural feel especially if you have already felt silicone and don't like them. Remember there are different companies that make different silicone implants and saline ones too. A board certified plastic surgeon's office can have sample implants to help you visualize what the implants feel like Best of luck! MMT
Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
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