Breast Augmenation

Autologous fat transfer techniques have become increasingly common in breast surgery. In fact, a recent survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed that almost 70 percent of U.S. plastic surgeons are using fat grafting techniques in breast surgery1. However, most plastic surgeons report using the technique for reconstruction procedures.

The use of a patient's own fat cells can be used to improve aesthetic results in breast augmentation surgery and breast revision surgery. Fat grafting to the breast allows the surgeon to augment, shape and contour tissue. It is an option for women who want to achieve a more natural looking breast augmentation.

Fat Grafting With Implants

Many plastic surgeons use fat grafting techniques to improve the shape and feel of breasts reconstructed with implants. For example, fat grafting can help to blend the line between the implants and breast tissue.

Fat Grafting Without Implants

For patients who desire a subtle increase in breast size, fat grafting techniques can offer a less-invasive approach than the use of implants. A patient will normally need to undergo several weeks of "pre-expansion treatment" to gradually expand the breast and make room for the plastic surgeon to inject the patient's own fatty tissue. A patient that chooses this option may need to have fat grafting procedures over time to maintain the cosmetic results, as there is a risk that the fat will be reabsorbed by the body2.

Fat Grafting in Breast Revision Surgery

Plastic surgeons may use fat grafting techniques to help correct deformities, such as improving the look of visible rippling or other contour deformities.

1 Kling RE, et al. Trends in Autologous Fat Grafting to the Breast: A National Survey of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®: Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. July 2013 (1): 35-46