What does fat transfer to breasts involve and how long does it take?

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is an advanced surgical treatment that involves harvesting and filtering unwanted fat cells through liposuction techniques. It is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that is commonly used to reshape breasts.

Fat transfers to the breasts occur in two consecutive procedures. In the first procedure, fat issue is harvested using a small syringe from other areas of the body, such as the thighs, stomach, or buttocks, through liposuction. In the second procedure, the extracted fat tissue is refined into pure fat and re-injected into the breasts to increase their natural contours and enhance their size and shape. In order to ensure the survival of the tissue, it is injected in small, rather than large quantities.  

The fat transfer procedure is longer than the procedure for inserting implants. It can take around three hours. This is because the fat transfer procedure is broken up into two parts and requires more meticulous techniques, such as carefully harvesting the fat tissue, preparing it, and then carefully re-injecting it into the breast to produce a natural appearance.

The whole procedure is conducted through multiple 2 to 3mm incisions, leaving very small scars that are nearly invisible. Depending on the patient and surgeons’ preferences and suitability, it is usually performed under local or general anaesthesia. It takes around one week for the pain to subside. Within one month after the procedure, the patient will have recovered fully and back to their normal routine.


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