Have you ever wished you could remove unwanted fat from your thighs, tummy, or waist and transfer it to your breasts? That wish can be a reality with natural breast augmentation by St.Louis’s Laser Lipo & Vein Center.
Breast augmentation with implants is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, but fat transfer breast augmentation is becoming a very popular alternative to breast implants because the results offer patients beautifully enhanced natural-looking breasts. This cosmetic surgical procedure removes unwanted fat through liposuction from the tummy, waist, thighs, or back and transfers some of those fat cells to the breast. In fat transfer breast augmentation fat is taken directly from the patient (autologous) so there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction or developing one or more of the other possible complications involved with a more invasive breast implant procedure.
The best candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation are patients who have lost breast volume after having children and patients who want a moderate increase to their breast size; most patients can expect an increase of ½ to 1 cup size. Patients who have had breast implants and want to soften the appearance of wrinkling or rippling so their breasts appear more natural are also good candidates. This procedure can also benefit women seeking reconstructive surgery following a lumpectomy or mastectomy and help correct asymmetrical breasts and breast deformities.
Our Chesterfield and St. Louis breast augmentation procedures are not recommended on women under the age of 18. Young women are still developing breast tissue into their twenties so it is advised to wait until natural development has occurred.
Patients will have a complimentary consultation with Dr. Wright. During that consultation, Dr. Wright will give an overview of our St. Louis breast augmentation services, answer any questions you have, discuss your concerns and goals for the procedure, and review your medical history to ensure you would be a good candidate.
First, Dr. Wright will perform tumescent liposuction> on areas of unwanted fat, usually the abdomen, hips, thighs or waist. The harvested fat will then be prepared for transfer to the breasts. The fat cells are injected through a special cannula in small amounts and at various tissue depths for ideal results. In addition, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from the patient is mixed with the fat cells to help stimulate collagen and elastin production and promote revascularization and healing – resulting in a natural, beautifully rounded full shape that is long-lasting.
Because patients are recovering from two procedures at the same time, fat transfer and liposuction, they will experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in at least two areas. Patients may also experience hardness and numbness in their breasts and in the area(s) that had liposuction. These symptoms will gradually subside over a two week period. In general, the healing process takes about three months before the surgeon can accurately determine how much of the transferred fat has actually grafted and will remain.
Recovery for this procedure involves following several very important post-surgical instructions.
It is important to keep all follow-up appointments to assess the healing process.
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. Call today to learn more about breast augmentation in St. Louis!