Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost
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Costs depend on the surgeon and the geographic location.
Another good rule of thumb is to understand that these procedures cost more in certain parts of the country than in others. For instance, in California and New York, you might pay anywhere from $10000 to $20000 for fat grafting large areas, but in less populated areas where the cost of living is lower, such as where I live in Utah, you would normally see fees that are much lower.
To put the costs in perspective, I'd suggest you look at my blog on "how much a painting costs". The link is below.
Fat Transfer to the Breast
Breast Augmentation or Fat Graft Pricing.
In looking at the a price quote for breast augmentation, you should consider many variables.
1. The Surgeon's Fee. This can vary widely depending on the experience and results and thus demand for that surgeon. This also sometimes depends on technique. For example, a sub-muscular placement of an implant is much faster and thus takes less work for the surgeon than a sub-fascial placement of the implant that takes twice as long.
2. The Implant. The breast implant price depends on using a saline, memory gel, or highly cohesive (gummybear) implants. Usually saline implants cost about $1,000 for a pair, memory gel $2,000, and highly cohesive $3,000. If fat is used instead of an implant, then usually a fat harvest charge is used instead of implant fee as liposuction supplies are used and the fat purified in a variety of methods.
3. Anesthesia. This can vary as well. If a board certified anesthesiologist is used then the price is higher. If a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) then the price is lower. It is even lower when a doctor just uses a non-certified anesthetist nurse, or just a medical assistant to push the anesthetic drugs (yes, this actually does happen).
4. Facility Fee. This can vary if the surgeon is using a certified surgery center or hospital vs. his non-certified office.
These four components make the total price, so it is best to break these down so the patient knows exactly what she is getting.
Realself has an average cost for each city.
Pablo Prichard, MD
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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost
The technique of fat grafting is to remove the fat from somewhere in the body and inject it into the breasts to augment their size. There are numerous parts and variations to this technique. I don’t think the stomach area would be grossly affected depending on the amount of fat that is taken but the amount that lives is small. It would probably only amount to ½ cup size increase at a time so multiple procedures would need to be done. At this time I think the price is higher for the fat transfer to the breasts.
Shape your waistline and increase your bustline at the same time?
I presented my results of BodyJet harvested fat for fat grafting the breasts at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting held in Toronto in 2010. The bottom line is that fat grafting does work, but there are numerous issues you must be aware of. Only selected patients are candidates for this procedure. Our technique does not use the controversial stem cell enrichment technologies that might stimulate malignancy. We only use fat cell clusters in our grafting technique.
First and foremost, the absolute best results we had could only achieve about a one cup size enhancement with a single session. The average results were LESS than that, about a half cup size enhancement. In numbers, the average results showed that women who had about 250cc grafted per breast had about 125cc of 'permanent' enhancement (ie lasting at least a year post op) - in other words, about one half of the volume of tissue transferred survived as volume. Because of existing reports, we were aware that we could not safely add more than about 250cc of graft material in to a single breast at one session, so we stayed within those bounds. Repeated treatments (i.e. second sessions) could get us to a greater size enhancement. In our series, we did not have any serious complications, but other centers have reported fat necrosis, cysts, infection, microcalcification, as well as other problems from this procedure, indicating that relatively minor changes in the treatment can alter the outcome. This is a technique dependent procedure (i.e. exactly how the procedure is done makes a big difference in the outcome).
The initial fat graft procedure costs are about the same as breast augmentation surgery, but gives only about a half cup size enhancement on average. Because breast implants usually give one or two cup enhancement, overall fat grafting is more expensive comparing apples to apples. The bottom line: Fat grafting can enhance your bust line at this time, but only modestly. The techniques and methods used are still evolving, and evidence is being generated. We expect improved outcomes as the technologies evolve.
Fat transfer is NOT a good way to enlarge breasts.
Fat grafting works best when small amounts of living fat are transferred to tissue that can surround the graft with a good blood supply. If you damage the fragile fat cells prior to transfer to the breast, the graft dies, and the volume is lost as the dead tissue is reabsorbed cell by cell. This takes time, so you may think that you have a long-term living tissue graft, but byt the time 6-12 months has passed, much of the grafted fat is gone, Perhaps a small amount of scar remains, and in some cases, the dead fat can develop microcalcifications which can interfere with mammography. Also, many doctors obtain their grafts by charging you for liposuction, and then using the fat obtained with this technique for grafting. At the suction pressures generated by all liposuction machines, much of the fat is destroyed; with ultrasonic liposuction or slimlipo (laser), even more of the fat cells are killed. Dead fat = no long term improvement (but permanent loss of money!)
Even done skillfully and properly with low-suction technique and good graft placement, it takes about 250cc for one cup size. Brava on a good day adds no more than 1/2 cup, and it may not last any longer than the dead fat that was grafted.
With the huge costs quoted, the risks of interference with breast cancer detection, and the fact that it frequently doesn't work, it's a wonder that any sensible patient (or surgeon) would consider this to be a good procedure. Fat grafting can offer help for some problems in other parts of the body, but I really don't recommend it for breast enlargement (or butt enlargement either).
Breast Augmentation with Fat : costs
I'm offering this procedure to patients in conjunction with BRAVA pre-expansion. The total cost for the procedure, which includes the BRAVA device, is about $10,000. Most patients will require touch-up fat grafting procedures, and these are done at additional cost. From the patient's perspective, there is substantial time investment prior to surgery- the BRAVA device needs to be worn properly and consistently for 4 weeks prior to surgery. If you are not prepared for this substantial investment of time and money- then breast augmentation with an implant is the way to go.
Cost of breast fat transfer
Typically the average amount of fat transferred to the breast in most studies has ranged around 250cc. Commonly this amounts to just over a cup and a half increase in breast size. Costs vary and can range from 5000-10,000 on average.
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