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Breast Fat Transfer: Obtaining Natural Breast Augmentation Using Your Own Fat

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Have you ever dreamed of taking fat from your problem spot and using it to make your breasts larger?  Perhaps you can.  Fat transfer has been around for over 25 years, but has only recently started to become a popular method for breast augmentation in North America. It has long been popular in Europe and South America. Breast fat transfer entails liposuction to remove fat from a stubborn area on the body. This fat is then prepared and injected into the breast. It is a very meticulous procedure, added drop by drop, and can be time consuming. Each droplet of fat has to be individually placed to provide the best shape as well as to ensure the best fat survival. However, the results can be exquisite. Your breasts will feel perfectly natural because it is your own fat being used.

  • Breast Augmentation
    Breast Augmentation

You may wonder why something that sounds so good is not done by all plastic surgeons. Part of the reason is just how meticulous the fat has to be placed.  As I mentioned, fat has to be placed drop by drop!  If it isn’t, the fat does not survive and the results are suboptimal.  Quite frankly, many surgeons don’t have the patience for this type of surgery.

Other benefits of this procedure include liposuction to that area of fat which otherwise never seems to disappear. Not only do you get to take fat from an area you don’t want it and put it into an area you do, there are virtually no scars. For women wanting to avoid an implant it is also a very good choice. Typically, it is a better procedure for women wanting a smaller breast augmentation.

For a larger breast augmentation, an implant is still a better choice. Also, fat grafting works better in someone that has a nice shape to the breast and does not need a lift. In some cases, fat is used for women that have implants but their tissue coverall is so limited that the implant would be visible. Fat grafting can be used to conceal the appearance of the implant. This can give a very natural looking result.

Is breast fat transfer to the breast permanent?

The simple answer is yes it is permanent. The more complex answer is this: after your procedure there will be some fat that does not survive and your body will reabsorb it. Over the first couple months in addition to fat resorption, there will be some loss of volume from swelling resolution. However, at around three months, whatever fat you have is likely permanent. It responds like fat does anywhere… you put on weight, the volume increases; you lose weight, the volume decreases.

How big can you go with a breast fat transfer?

The volume of fat to be transferred is limited by the size of the breasts to begin with, and the amount of fat to be harvested. As a rough idea, even if you have more than enough fat, you could approximately double your breast volume as a maximum in one procedure. Not all fat survives, so you will lose some. It varies how much that “some” will be. With meticulous harvesting and placement of fat, this number can approach 60-80% at the high end. The reason not all fat survives is multi factorial, but a significant component is the technique used by different surgeons.

Anyone not willing to take the time to place each fat droplet individually, simply will not get the best results possible. For optimal results, make sure you choose a plastic surgeon who focuses on this technique and who has done a lot of fat grafting.

 

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Amazing plastic surgeon

Amazing plastic surgeon who was initially referred to me by another plastic surgeon. From my first consultation, Dr Shortt immediately knew what surgical procedures were the best option for my situation. No hesitation in diagnosis and recommended plan of action. I’m a breast cancer survivor and I thought a breast reconstruction was a lost cause for me due to my extension radiation treatments and consequential skin damage. Dr Shortt was very methodical and professional throughout the entire 18 month process. Before each surgery, I witnessed assertiveness and confidence with a sure hand mapping my body with his sharpie pen. He made me feel at ease with his good sense of humour and music.
My breast cancer journey is at long last over and I am quite happy with the final results. I feel rejuvenated and have gained my confidence back. I am so glad that I didn’t hesitate with my initial decision to go forward with the breast reconstruction. Thank you so much Dr. Shortt.

Nicest doctor ever

Dr. Shortt made my experience so wonderful and easy, he listened to all my concerns and was so helpful with everything. I had small implants put in to correct my tuberous breast and didn’t want too much of a visible change in size, he did exactly that and was so helpful throughout the whole process and made things very easy. I can’t thank I’m enough!

Amazing Experience with Dr. Shortt

I had an amazing experience with Dr. Shortt and his staff. I am so thankful to have had such a skilled surgeon and I am extremely happy with the results and I am glad I went through with the procedure/ chose Dr. Shortt as my surgeon. When I went for my pre-op check-up with my GP he asked who my surgeon was and when I told him it was Dr. Shortt he said that Dr. Shortt is a very good surgeon/ “one of the best.” The consultation process was excellent, I had more questions than the average patient. I asked specific questions about the procedure and the techniques that he uses for the surgery and he was more than happy to answer all my questions and let me know that I could come back for further consultations if I had more questions etc.

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt

I highly recommend Dr. Shortt. I recently had laser surgery on my face and am very pleased with the results. Dr. Shortt was patient, understanding and answered all my questions during our consultation. I later had some concerns about the surgery and Dr. Shortt listened to them and modified the procedure for me. I felt completely confident in his skill, expertise and professionalism and am very glad I went ahead with the surgery.

Thank You for Making Me Real Again!

Over the past 7 months, I have seen Dr Shortt for 2 procedures – breast implant removal, followed by breast augmentation using fat transfer (separate procedures). Dr Shortt is an amazing surgeon. His professionalism, perfectionism in his work, his bedside manner and not to mention his sense of humour are all on point. He never tries to “up sell” and truly listens. His assistant, Joanne, is excellent.
From my first consult to my post-op after care, the experience has been exceptional.

Absolutely hands down the best!

Absolutely hands down the best! Dr Shortt is very skilled surgeon and has a warm, caring personality along with a sense of humour which will keep you at ease throughout the whole process. You are in the best hands should you choose Dr. Shortt. Thank you Dr Shortt and Joanne for making my surgical journey a great experience!

It’s Been 28 Years …

I was reviewing breast transfer procedures on real self. Dr. Shorrt had comment on a previous post. I checked out his profile/website and decided to go for a consultation. I was glad that he actually conducted the consultation. I’ve been to one where the Dr.’s assistant did the initial one. He was very easy to talk , to express your concerns. He was very knowledge. Some doctors are in rush to explain things. “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” . I felt very comfortable right away. I knew I wanted him to be my surgeon.

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