What is the survival rate of fat with fat grafting?

I've heard it's different for the breasts than the butt. What is the typical survival of fat for either area? Does the brava system improve the survival rate for breasts? Is there anything you can do to help the rate? Does massage help?

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Fat Transfer survival rate

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With fat transfer we try to maximize survival rate by special instrumentation, processing of the fat and minimizing time it it out of the body as well as placing it in small droplets to enhance its survival.  Patient characteristics including dense fibrous or fibro-cystic breast tissue, scar tissue, radiation and smoking as well as post menopausal women tend to have less graft take.  Typically we see retention of 80% or more of buttock fat graft and 50% of breast. Weight loss can make the cells shrink, but they are still present and will come back again with weight gain.  Gaining weight will make the cells grow and then double, so you can actually grow more fat, but the donor site can become lumpy and may require further liposuction.  Its best to do the procedure closest to your ideal weight for the most predictable results.

Breast Fat Transfer/ Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision

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Thank you for your question. About 60-70% of the grafted fat survives.  At 6 months you will have a good idea of your results. Some women have a second or third procedure which continues to increase your volume safely. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery. Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon #RealSelf100Surgeon

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