This procedure is applied on patients with enough fat tissue for breast augmentation or for breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment where some or all the breast has been removed. Stem cell treatment has been used for breast aesthetics for years. It has its advantages compared to other methods, taking into consideration the healing process, the comfort and the aesthetic results achieved. Best results are achieved in patients with volume loss after nursing and cancer patients who have been through breast reconstruction surgery.

It is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation. Generally, the procedure does not need a recovery time in hospital. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to derivate the sufficient of fat for the procedure from the patient, another 60 minutes for these fat blocks to be stem cell enriched and 30 minutes to be applied on breasts. So, the whole procedure of breast augmentation or reconstruction takes approximately 2 hours.

The effects of breast augmentation or breast reconstruction with stem cells are visible right after the procedure. But 50% of the tissue applied melts and the permanent result can be achieved in one to one and a half months.

How is the stem cell treatment used in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction?

The human body has excessive fat tissue, containing millions of stem cells. Fat-derived stem cell treatment is a common procedure now for breast aesthetics. In this method, excess fat is derived an area or areas of the body and breast augmentation and breast reconstruction is executed. Durable and successful results are possible with this method when patients have enough excess fat in their bodies.

Frequently Asked Questions

It does not prevent nursing. Tissue transplant is not applied on the mammary gland but on sub-dermal fat tissue which does not affect nursing.

There is no minimum or maximum age limits. An expert medical doctor gives the final decision whether this treatment is suitable for the person or not.

Breast reconstruction can be executed after the cancer treatment is completed and necessary control procedures have been carried out.

Even though the normal ageing process of the breasts decelerates it cannot prevent drooping totally. 

If there is an asymmetry before the operation between the two breasts, this will be corrected in the procedure. If there had not been an asymmetry situation before, this will not change after the procedure.

The aim is the same, breast augmentation. The technique and end results are however quite different.

The well-tried gold standard is the placement of the implant under the breast tissue. There are many types of implants and they are placed at different levels, under or on top of the pectoral muscles. The results are now very predictable and make patients very happy. They feel more feminine and more confident and can wear a new range of attractive clothes. The implants themselves are now all made of silicone, an inert safe substance that we know all about.  

There are implants for all occasions. Implants to enlarge, implants to correct ptosis (drooping) and implants to get over the one remaining issue of Capsule formation. This is where a firm fibrous envelope forms around the implant contracting to cause deformity and discomfort. This is the polyurethane foam-covered implant. The silicone implant usually contains silicone gel of varying consistency, but saline has been another option popular in the USA. Some of these implants tend to leak and collapse and their consistency is rather firm.

In summary, silicone implants can reliably provide a huge variety of shapes and sizes, but patients have to be aware that further surgery may be necessary also silicone is a foreign substance.  It is inert and despite speculation in the past is very safe. Recently an extremely rare tumour has been associated with some textured implants. This is the anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). Fortunately, it is curable.

The alternative is to enlarge the breasts using your own fat taken by liposuction from elsewhere in the body, processed and injected into the breasts. It is natural and not foreign material and therefore attractive to some people.

Fat is a huge reservoir of stem cells. Stem cells improve survival of the fat and have specific healing effects on the skin. So when we talk of stem cells, we often mean fat with its normal quota of useful stem cells. However, at the Cadogan Clinic, we have the facility to add extra stem cells. These are extracted from more fat which is not used for grafting. The survival of fat in good shape is greatly improved.

 Fat does not have the complications of silicone but is limited in other respects.

Patients with small breasts are often athletic with little body fat. This limits the size of breasts possible, but even if there is abundant fat, the amount grafted is limited as the fat has to take up a blood supply to survive. Partial survival may give a lumpy result.  A second or even a third operation may be necessary.

 A big advantage is that the fat can be put in selectively to enhance the breast shape. This is particularly useful for filling breasts that have become slack after pregnancy or weight loss. In these cases, fat tends to be placed into the empty upper breast above the nipple. We also often put fat around breast implants to disguise a visible edge.

Breast enhancement with grafted fat and stem cells might be right for you if you are:

+ Seeking moderate breast size increase
+ Not planning to have children within the next year
+ Looking to refine the shape or fullness of areas of the breast rather than overall.
+ Prefer the naturalness of using your own tissue rather than foreign material

However, if you desire a significant change in breast shape or lift breast augmentation via silicone implants may be a better choice.

Discuss your desired end results with your surgeon thoroughly. They will help you understand all of the available options and what combination of procedures can help you get what you are looking for.

Silicon operations are still the golden standard for breast augmentations although stem cell-based breast augmentation is a good choice for patients in need of fat disposal who expect a minimal additional volume on their breasts.

Usually the procedure does not require a hospital stay. 

A comparative study on thousands of patients show no risk of breast cancer on patients with tissue transplants.

The price of stem cell treatment is determined after a detailed examination of the patient by expert medical doctors and varies case to case. Please kindly refer to our clinic for more information and an appointment.

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What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors, including a virtual reality consultation to demonstrate the potential outcomes in your individual case. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee.  

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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