Natural Breast Augmentation (NBA)
There is increasing evidence that breast implants can cause implant associated lymphoma or ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). They can also cause capsular contracture, tissue thinning, breast ligament stretches, and deformity to the chest fall.
Fat grafting to the breast avoids these risks. It will not damage the body by thinning the tissues. Fat transfer is a natural technique using your own cells. It is a powerful tool to replace areas where fat is needed. Fat transfer has a dual benefit, both improving the donor site, and transplanting the fat to where it is needed. Fat take survives long term, studies show a retention rate long term of 50-80%.
Each cycle of fat transfer aims to increase breast volume by one cup size. Fat transfer to the area helps restore volume lost by gravity, weight fluctuations and breast feeding.
Fat can be harvested from the donor site of your choice, these include
- Lower abdomen or tummy area
- Upper abdomen or tummy area
- The flank area or the love handles
- Inside of thighs
- Inside of thighs
- Outside of thighs
The fat is removed using a thin cannula using a 2mm incision. The fat is gently suctioned without using heat, ultrasound or laser as these can damage these delicate cells.
The fat is then processed to allow maximum cell survival and maximal graft take.
The fat is then infused as microribbons to the areas where you need it the most. These microribbons distributed as a net improves the contact of each fat cell to a source of blood supply. The fat “takes” by it establishing a blood supply through a process of blood vessel ingrowth and integration. This allows the fat to survive long term
The benefits of fat transfer include
- It is natural, using your own tissues
- It includes plasma (PRP)
- It includes stem cells which may repopulate the area with new cells
- Is in plentiful supply once harvested
- Has a retention rate long term of 50-80%
- Improved appearance of donor site
- It can be repeated if needed
Fat transfer is the natural alternative to breast implants as the fat integrates into your body and is a part of you. After surgery, a compressive garment needs to be worn at the donor site of fat. You need to wear a soft crop top to the breast and avoid any pressure to the breast area. Recovery is usually 1-2 weeks, with 4 weeks return to exercise.