An Alternative To Implants
SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach offers breast augmentation with fat transfer as an alternative to implants. Using the fat already on your midsection or legs, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help sculpt, shape, and add symmetry to your breasts.
A recently popular surgical technique, breast augmentation with fat transfer (also known as “natural” breast augmentation), does NOT involve using an implant. Instead, fat is transferred from one area of the body (such as the abdomen, flanks, or thighs) with liposuction and placed in the breast tissue. This unique procedure can produce conservative increases in breast size. Typically, the breasts will increase by about 1/2 to 1 cup size. The procedure can be repeated at a later date if fat is available and further enhancement is desired.
Several factors must be considered when comparing the two techniques. The majority of patients will benefit from the use of a breast implant to achieve their goals. However, fat transfer may be a better option for some.
The advantages of breast augmentation with fat transfer compared to the use of an implant include:
Small size increase – the technique is limited in its ability to increase the size of the breast dramatically. Typically, about a half to a cup size increase can be expected. Multiple surgeries may be required if one desires more boost with this technique. Thinner women will have less fat that can be harvested safely without creating deformities.
Breast lumps or cysts may form in areas of the breast where the fat was placed. A controversial topic in the world of plastic surgery, there is a concern they may obscure routine breast cancer screening and mammogram imaging.
Your surgeon will determine a suitable size for your natural breast augmentation during your consultation and ensure your size and shape offer you long-lasting comfort and confidence. The overall surgery that includes liposuction and augmenting your breasts takes between two to four hours, but this depends on the amount of breast tissue needed to reach the desired breast volume.
Natural breast augmentation is often a shorter recovery time because there are no drainage tubes to contend with or recovery from the insertion of implants. Your plastic surgeons at SJ Plastic surgery will give you detailed guidelines for optimal recovery during your consultation.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons have decades of combined experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. SJ Plastic Surgery has a simple mission: to change lives in the community for the better, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each surgery performed goes to reputable nonprofits that share our mission of improving lives in Virginia Beach. Schedule your consultation today to experience a deeper level of care at SJ Plastic Surgery.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a surgery that is both safe and effective. Complications are uncommon; nevertheless, infection, cysts, microcalcification, and potential necrosis of the transferred fat cells are possible side effects. During your consultation, your surgeon will address these issues.
The cost of your surgery will be discussed during your consultation.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a cosmetic procedure that medical insurance does not cover. However, SJ Plastic Surgery offers payment and financing options for your convenience.
Although this is an outpatient procedure, it is required to have someone drive you home because you may still feel the effects of your anesthesia.
SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
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