Many women are reluctant to undergo a breast augmentation operation fearing that implants are an unnatural introduction into the body. The good news is that a natural breast augmentation can be achieved by fat transfer from your own body. Dr Ellis Choy is one of the few Australian surgeons qualified to perform this ground-breaking procedure. The breast fat grafting operation is implant-free, very safe and extremely rewarding for women who want to enhance their appearance.
The procedure, although somewhat complex, is less invasive or stressful than traditional breast implant augmentation. This means recovery is relatively fast in keeping with natural healing of the body, while discomfort is also dramatically reduced, especially compared to that experienced with under-muscle implants. Breast fat grafting avoids the potential for implant rupturing or the need for replacement implants.
In addition, your breasts will feel soft and natural, plus there is no scarring involved in fat grafting. The finished product is all you, without any artificial enhancements.
Breast fat grafting technology
There are several advantages to this technique. Firstly, it is minimally invasive. Secondly, there is the added benefit of using liposuction to harvest unwanted fat from thighs, buttocks or stomach. The overall effect is the creation of desired breast shape alongside some additional body shaping.
The operation actually begins at home while you sleep. For several weeks leading up to the operation patients wear a ‘Brava’ expander at night. The Brava is a soft and comfortable brassiere that performs suction over the breast area. This gel-like bra expands existing tissue and blood vessels, creating the desired volume in readiness for the fat injections.
The Brava breast expansion takes place in several stages. Firstly, low suction is achieved with a small battery powered device for a few days. After this, patients move on to stage two using a manual vacuum pump with similar traits to a blood pressure testing device. The third step uses a pressure-adjustable motorised pump. Depending on tolerance, the pressure can be gradually increased for maximum breast expansion, facilitating the desired amount of grafted fat introduced into the breast. The Brava device is safe to use, and if a greater increase in breast size is required it can be used a second time.
The fat transfer process
Fat is harvested by liposuction before being strategically and accurately injected into the breasts. As the procedure uses your own body fat, new blood vessels naturally form within the injected and integrated fat. The procedure boasts a high rate of healthy fat survival.
The procedure shouldn’t be confused with traditional skin grafting which causes scarring. In a fat graft transfer, the word ‘graft’ is used to understand the bonding of relocated fat with your existing breast fat. The operation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anaesthesia.
Benefits of Breast Fat Grafting
Apart from the natural results expected, there are several additional benefits compared to breast implant augmentation.
- No incisions or scarring
- No foreign materials introduced into the body
- Fast recovery time
- No implant complications
- Liposuction body shaping
Your consultation and suitability for breast grafting
Your initial consultation with Dr Choy will establish breast fat grafting goals and expectations. He will provide you with all information required to make informed choices, and he is vastly experienced in all areas of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Dr Choy uses only the safest and most effective materials and equipment, courtesy of his state of the art clinic facilities. Most women are suited to undergo breast fat grafting, although there are some situations where the procedure isn’t appropriate.
- Women undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, Herceptin and angiogenesis inhibitors that restrict blood flow and blood cell growth
- Users of aspirin, supplements and vitamins that impede the ability for blood to clot
- Smoking, as it limits the ability to regenerate tissue
- Inability to dedicate the time and effort required to succeed with Brava expansion systems
Breast fat grafting is a revolution in the cosmetic surgery field, and fills a much needed niche for patients desiring beautiful and natural enhancements to their appearance.
Breast Revision Information Sheet
Download and print out the Breast Revision Information Sheet that includes a list of questions to ask Dr Choy during your appointment.