What is Breast Revision Fat Transfer?
In recent years, fat transfer procedures have grown exponentially in popularity. This is due mostly to the fact that this technique involves harvesting fat from the patient’s own body and injecting it into targeted treatment sites. As a result, patients get to enjoy enhancements and contour improvements using their own natural fat.
After undergoing a breast augmentation, some women may notice the development of surface issues in the breasts, particularly along the edge of the implants. These issues stand in the way of patients enjoying the full potential of their augmentation procedure. Dr. Cohen utilizes a technique known as breast revision fat transfer in Beverly Hills to address these issues, creating more aesthetically appealing breasts.
What are the benefits of breast revision with fat transfers?
Some of the major results from breast revision fat transfer in Beverly Hills with Dr. Cohen include:
- Improves the shape of the breasts without having to remove or reposition the implants
- Addresses surface irregularities that can result from different types of implants (rippled saline implants or textured silicone ones)
- Creates more symmetry and harmony between the breasts
- Helps to obscure implant edges
- Improves definition in the breasts
- Improves a patient’s cleavage
- Improves definition in the donor site areas where fat is harvested from
The fat transfer process
All fat transfer procedures involve three steps: harvesting, purifying, and injecting fat. Each part of the process is carried out with great care to ensure that the desired changes in the breasts are achieved.
On top of addressing issues in the breasts, the advantage of fat transfers is that the donor area will also experience a slimming effect. A good source of fat is required in order to provide enough fat cells for injection. In most cases, the midsection, hips, thighs, and back are chosen as donor sites. Fat is extracted from these areas using liposuction, which accomplishes this in an incredibly gentle manner. Patients end up with a smoother, leaner body and a better look in the breasts.
Following the harvesting phase, this fat is then purified in a centrifuge, which separates all blood and oil content from the fat cells. This process also weeds out the broken fat cells, leaving only strong, healthy fat for injection. This is important, as having high-quality fat will ensure better longevity of results.
Once the harvested fat has been purified in the centrifuge, it is ready for injection into the breasts. A fine needle is used to inject the fat into the breasts at even layers. This method allows for an increase in volume without sacrificing a natural look. Any areas that have surface irregularities or other aesthetic issues will be targeted to improve them.
What is the Recovery Like?
Following a breast revision fat transfer in Beverly Hills with Dr. Cohen, it is normal for patients to experience some bruising and swelling in their breasts and in the donor area. Patients will be fitted with a compression garment that will help reduce swelling at the donor sites. Patients will also receive a specially-designed support bra which must be worn for a period of time following the procedure. Most patients are able to get back to work and their regular routine within two weeks of the procedure. At the four-week mark, patients are typically permitted to resume their workout regimens, as the healing process is mostly completed by this point. That said, it may take up to six weeks for most of the swelling to subside.
What are the Results?
As with most fat grafting procedures, scarring from a breast revision fat transfer is minimal. The incisions at the donor sites are less than a centimeter in length, and the grafting incisions measure somewhere around two millimeters. While there may be small scars in the donor area, Dr. Cohen takes great care to make sure that they are as inconspicuous as possible.
There may be tiny scars around the areola, but these are hardly at all noticeable. The patient’s breasts will be overly swollen for the first month following the procedure but will slowly go down to their intended size. While some fat cells will be lost in the early part of the recovery process, the vast majority will remain, leaving the patient with a virtually permanent enhancement and improvement to their initial breast augmentation surgery.
Why choose Dr. Cohen?
Board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen makes no secret of his commitment to cosmetic excellence. With an impeccable attention to detail, he always strives to achieve the greatest results possible that leave his patients feeling and looking better than they have in years. Most importantly, he recognizes that every patient has their own individual concerns and needs a unique touch in order to address them. He prides himself on curating totally individualized treatment plans that will help them get to where they want to be.
Call us today to schedule a private consultation and learn more about our breast revision fat transfer procedures.