Patients looking to increase breast size through cosmetic surgery commonly elect to have breast implants placed. However, modern advances in cosmetic technology have provided new paths to approaching breast augmentation, giving patients more choices when it comes to deciding on a procedure.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a process that involves both liposuction and fat cell transfer to achieve enhanced and natural-looking breasts. Fat deposits are initially removed with the assistance of a liposuction cannula from areas of the body where a patient would like to see greater contour including the stomach, waist, thighs or buttock. Tumescent liposuction is a commonly preferred technique for this procedure. Tumescent liposuction provides opportunities for simplified fat removal after local anesthetic is injected under the skin and fat deposits can be more easily removed with suction.
Once fat cells are removed, they are thoroughly cleansed before being redistributed directly into the patient’s breasts. Cleansing in performed in combination with adding platelet rich plasma to the cells which stimulates collagen and elastin production. Similarly, this mixture promotes faster healing once the procedure is complete. Revitalized fat cells are transferred to the breast though cannula injection and are placed at varying tissue depths for a more natural, overall look. Patients who undergo this procedure enjoy the benefits of both body-shaping as a result of liposuction along with an increased breast size that generally includes a change of half a cup size or a full cup size depending on patient preference.
In general, patients that undergo fat transfer breast augmentation in St Louis require at least 3-months following the procedure to see complete results. Because this process combines liposuction and fat cell transfers, patients will have multiple injection points that should be tended to after treatment. Most patients report mild discomfort, swelling and bruising at the points of injection for approximately 2-weeks following the procedure. In some cases, patients may experience hardening or numbness of the breasts near the transfer injection sites. Similar to swelling, these symptoms tend to disappear with a couple of weeks after treatment.
The attending physician will often advise the patient set up an appointment for 2-days following the procedure in order to ensure healing is on track with the recovery plan. The next appointment a patient will need to keep following this one will occur 2-weeks after the procedure has been completed. Specialized compression garments are highly recommended during the recovery phase as they promote quicker healing and healthy blood flow. Patients will also be asked to replace regular bras with sports bras for 3-weeks following fat transfer breast augmentation and will want to avoid sleeping on the stomach to promote a healthy and efficient healing process.
While there are many reasons a patient may want to increase breast size, prime candidates for this procedure include those who have noticed a significant loss of breast tissue after childbirth or those who have previously had breast implants placed and are looking to reduce the physical appearance of rippling to maintain a natural look. Fat transfer breast augmentation is a highly recommended procedure for those patients who are seeking reconstructive surgery following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Similarly, it is a procedure that is often used to correct asymmetrical breasts and helps treat breast deformities. It is not recommended that patients under the age of 18 undergo fat transfer breast augmentations as medical experts recognize that breast tissue continues to develop through a patient’s 20’s and alterations may affect natural development.
Transferring tissue from one part of the body to another provides the benefit to patients of an extremely natural look. Similarly, tissue transfer results in breast alteration that feels more natural as compared to silicone implants. Risks associated with breast implants are eliminated as is the risk of allergic reaction when the patient’s own tissue is simply moved to another area of the body. In general, fat transfer breast augmentation tends to be less expensive than breast implants. It’s important to note that the cost of any procedure will vary from patient to patient. The cost of fat transfer breast augmentation is based on deciding factors which can include body mass index, the total amount of fat to be transferred as well as the number of areas that will be treated with liposuction.
Patients who are considering fat transfer breast augmentation in St Louis for any reason will want to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Taking a comprehensive approach to patient care, Dr. Wright meets with every prospective patient first to do a thorough examination of their medical history and discuss the many procedural options in detail. This consultation is the best time for patients to voice questions, concerns or preferences prior to setting up a personalized treatment plan aimed at achieving the most successful results.
The cost of our natural St. Louis breast augmentation procedures varies depending on each patient’s individual situation. There are a number of factors that go into determining the cost for this procedure including:
The total cost will include the fat transfer and liposuction of the targeted area(s). The extent of either procedure will influence the total cost. If you are interested in fat transfer breast augmentation, we encourage you to call our office for a free consultation with Dr. Wright.
If the procedure will be performed for cosmetic purposes only it is highly unlikely that your health insurance will cover the cost of the procedure. Insurance may cover the procedure cost if it is performed on patients to correct a congenital anomaly or to reconstruct breast tissue after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Check with your health insurance company to determine if this type of procedure would be covered and what the specific requirements are.
First, what is natural breast augmentation? Otherwise known as fat transfer breast augmentation, natural breast augmentation involves removing fat from other parts of the body and injecting it into the breasts. It is an ideal procedure option for female patients who are interested in a small increase in the size of their breasts that looks more natural than implants.
While everyone strives for natural-looking results with any cosmetic procedures they elect to have, like any medical surgery, natural breast augmentation does pose its own set of inherent risks. Read on below to find out more information about the safety risks associated with St. Louis breast augmentation.
The risks of St. Louis breast augmentation are usually related to the fat cells that are transferred and the anesthesia that is used during the procedure.
The fat cells that are injected into the breasts from elsewhere in the body do not always survive and might end up reabsorbed into the body. They also have the potential to calcify, become liquid and form a cyst, or result in scarring. These changes could affect your mammogram interpretation and may require additional tests to confirm that any changes seen are not something more serious.
A patient deciding to opt for this procedure will also need to have an adequate amount of excess fat for the procedure. If a large increase in breast size is desired, then multiple sessions may be required. There might be a limit to the size attained, and the results can take upwards of six months to see the final shape.
If the surgeon you choose uses general anesthesia, there are additional risks. These may include sore throat, confusion, nausea, muscle aches, chills, itching, vomiting, or rarer symptoms such as malignant hyperthermia or post-surgical delirium and cognitive dysfunction. Older patients also have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or pneumonia. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions for eating prior to your surgery, as eating beforehand puts you at risk of choking on previously digested food while under general anesthesia.
Patients who are looking for solutions to increase breast size often turn to cosmetic solutions as a way of achieving desired physical enhancements. While there are multiple options available for treatment, it’s important that patients understand the major comparison points before putting a treatment plan in place. Two of the most common procedures used to enhance breast size include fat transfer breast augmentation and breast implants. While these procedures both successfully increase breast size, there are several notable differences in the approach.
Fat transfer St Louis breast augmentation is a dual-approach method during which a physician will initially remove fat cells from one area of the body using liposuction and carefully replace those same cells into the breasts at specific injection points. Fat cells that are harvested from either the abdomen, waist, hips or thighs are treated with platelet rich plasm prior to transfer to the breasts to help stimulate collagen production and promote successful healing. This process is done with the use of local anesthetic and does not require a hospital stay.
Breast implants are placed while a patient is under general anesthesia and is performed within a hospital setting. The majority of implants are made from a silicone shell that is filled with either saline or silicone to the preferred cup size. The implants are placed through an incision point either made under the arm, directly under the breast or around the areola.
Patients who undergo fat transfer breast augmentation achieve a breast increase averaging between half a cup to a full cup size. The transfer of a patient’s own fat tissue from one area of the body to another ensures a natural feel and look to breasts once the procedure is completed. While the results of this procedure are permanent, it can take several weeks to determine just how much change has occurred. It is necessary for a physician to monitor fat cells for several weeks following treatment to determine the volume of cells that successfully grafted to breast tissue during the procedure.
Patients who elect to have breast implants placed often choose this procedural route in the name of timely results. Silicone or saline implants provide visible change immediately following the procedure and can accommodate patients looking to increase their breasts by several cup sizes. Patients should expect to have implants replaced within 10 years following the procedure to maintain successful results.
The strategic duality of fat transfer breast augmentation means patients enjoy the added benefits of contouring as a result of liposuction but should also expect minor swelling and bruising at multiple points of injection following the procedure. Patients who undergo fat transfer breast augmentation experience very little scarring as a result of the procedure due to the small cannula that is used to transfer fat across the body. The use of local anesthetic means patients are not exposed to risks associated with general anesthesia or an extended hospital stay. Patients should expect to wear a sports bra for 2-3 weeks following the procedure and will be asked to wear specialized compression garments to promote successful healing.
Patients who choose to have breast implants placed will do so under general anesthesia and are at risk for experiencing complications associated with depressed respiratory functions during the procedure. The placement of the silicone or saline implants leaves patients with a significant scar. Patients will be expected to remain in the hospital for a short amount of time following the procedure for observation and to ensure that they do not experience an allergic reaction to the implants which could prove detrimental to their health or potentially fatal if left untreated.
Patients who are considering breast augmentation of any type will want to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser, Lipo and Vein Center. This consultation acts as an important first step in Dr. Wright reviewing a patient’s full medical history before making procedural recommendations and moving forward with a customized treatment plan. The many benefits, risks and follow up specifics for both fat transfer breast augmentation and breast implants should be thoroughly understood by patients before electing a procedure. Similarly, Dr. Wright and his team take great care to discuss both the physical goals of cosmetic surgery alongside the emotional impact of alterations with patients. An open and honest dialogue is essential when it comes to achieving desired results.
The cost of St Louis breast augmentation varies amongst all patients and is determined by several factors including amount of fat to be transferred, type of implant as well as the number of sessions needed to achieve the desired results. Patients should always check with their insurance providers prior to undergoing treatment to see what options are available for coverage. It’s important to note that patients who are undergoing augmentation related to cancer treatment may find the cost of care covered.
Breast implants involve inserting an implant, made from a variety of different materials and available in various sizes, directly into the breast, allowing patients the ability to see their final result immediately. Most breast implants are made from a rubbery silicone shell that is filled with either saline or silicone gel to make the implant. It is not uncommon for breast implants to be replaced after 10 – 25 years, depending on the type of implant. Natural breast augmentation offers permanent results; however, the results can be less predictable because it can take several weeks before it is known how many fat cells have successfully grafted to the breast tissue.
Patients looking for a more modest increase in breast size (1/2 to 1 cup) may be happier with natural breast augmentation because the results will look more natural and the breasts maintain a soft supple feeling. Saline or silicone breast implants can develop rippling and/or wrinkling resulting in an unnatural appearance and often feel hard. However, implants offer women the ability to predictably increase their breast size dramatically by several cup sizes. Fat transferred to the breasts feels natural because it is natural. The tissue under the skin of a breast is mostly fat.
Fat transfer breast augmentation has comparable cost to breast implants. Range is 5,000 to 15,000 dollars in the St Louis area. It is important to remember that natural breast augmentation involves two procedures – liposuction and fat transfer. This procedure takes considerably more time than breast implants because there is a significant amount of body sculpting involved in the areas where liposuction is performed and the process of injecting the fat cells into the breast is also a lengthy procedure. Natural breast augmentation also provides some savings as saline or silicone implants are unneeded and thus do not need be purchased; however, because of the liposuction procedure cost, the total cost is about the same. Because these are cosmetic procedures, health insurance generally does not cover fat transfer breast augmentation. Health insurance may cover breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer treatment.
The natural breast augmentation procedure involves injecting fat into the breast tissue using a very small cannula. The cannula creates a very small puncture into the breast tissue that virtually disappears after the healing process is complete. Patients considering breast implants must decide where and what type of incision they will have based on the type of implant that is chosen and how the surgeon performs the procedure. The incision is typically made either in the bellybutton area, under the arm, under the breast, or around the areola (nipple). The scar can be quite significant, especially if silicone implants are chosen.
Patients recovering from fat transfer breast augmentation are essentially recovering from two procedures and will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in their breasts and in the area(s) where liposuction was performed. Patients will also experience drainage in the liposuction areas. A sports bra is required for 2 – 3 weeks following the fat transfer procedure and a compression garment must be worn 24/7 for at least two weeks following the liposuction procedure. Because both the liposuction and fat transfer procedure are performed using local anesthetic, complications and recovery from general anesthetic is not a concern.
The breast implant procedure is more invasive than natural breast augmentation and usually done with general anesthesia. Patients must recover from a larger incision and possible trauma of the implant below the pectoral muscle.
Cosmetic breast augmentation is not associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. While it is not a scientifically settled matter, there is a potential concern that both implant and fat transfer breast augmentation procedures may affect breast cancer screening. Specifically, fat transfer for breast augmentation can cause calcifications that are seen on mammograms, which may make it more difficult to detect breast cancer. Breast implants may also possibly obscure the breast tissue, making the detection of breast cancer by mammogram more difficult. There have also been a very small number of reports of suspected implant ruptures during mammogram.
Breast implants also carry a risk of producing hardening around the implant due to the body’s response to exposure to a foreign substance. Further, silicone implants can rupture and slowly leak into the tissue surrounding the breast implant. There are still debates about the health implications of silicone leaking into the breast tissue. These adverse effects usually require removal of the implant. Women who have silicone breast implants are strongly recommended to have an MRI of the breast at least once every three years to check to see if the implants are intact.
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