Breast augmentation technology has evolved significantly in recent years. Silicone and saline implants are safer and more natural looking than ever. Still, patients are demanding -- and technology affording -- more options to gain a desired appearance for their breasts.

One of the most recent breast augmentation innovations being offered across the globe, and by Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio, is fat transfer breast augmentation.

If you desire larger breasts with more natural curves and a more flattering silhouette, fat transfer breast augmentation is a compelling, innovative choice that leads to tremendous results.

What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, technically referred to as augmentation mammoplasty using autologous fat transfer, is a cutting-edge procedure that uses your own fat cells to naturally enhance the size and appearance of your breasts. This procedure is an excellent choice for women who prefer a more natural appearance of their breasts, and women who desire a less-invasive alternative to traditional breast implants.

Only one needle puncture is made below each breast during Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation. This technique results in significantly less scarring than traditional breast augmentation.

Who is an ideal candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation is ideal for women who are in good health, and are looking for a modest increase in breast size, typically to add 1 cup size to their breasts.

If you have had children and breastfed your children, you may have lost breast mass once you stopped breastfeeding. Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation is an excellent choice to restore your breasts to their pre-child appearance.  

You may also be a good fit for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation if you have previously had breast implants and had to have them removed.

During your consultation, Dr. Hernandez will talk to you about your specific situation and goals, and will conduct a thorough examination so that she can make the best recommendation to help you reach your goals.

What happens during Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

During Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, Dr. Hernandez uses liposuction to obtain fat from your own body. The exact location chosen to remove the fat will be determined by Dr. Hernandez; however, patients may have input on the specific location depending on their specific goals. This fat typically comes from your thighs, buttocks, stomach, or other areas where there is some to spare. These fat cells are injected into your breast tissue, and ultimately they obtain their own blood supply.

How do I prepare for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

If you smoke, you will need to stop smoking at least six (6) weeks prior to your surgery so that your body will be in optimum condition to heal from the procedure. For at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery, avoid taking Aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, and other vitamins or supplements that may increase bleeding.

Be sure to eat healthy foods and hydrate your body leading up to your surgery so that it is primed for excellent healing. Also, you’ll need someone to drive you home following your Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation.

What can I expect after Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Hernandez recommends that patients take two to three days to rest and recover after Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation. Dr. Hernandez will prescribe you pain medication to help with post-procedure pain.

You may have mild bruising or swelling at the liposuction site as well as around your breasts for several weeks following your procedure. Dr. Hernandez recommends wearing soft, cotton bras that cover the breasts but do not compress them for six weeks.

Once you return to work and most normal activity, you’ll want to avoid pressure on your breasts and strenuous exercise for another 6 weeks. Dr. Hernandez also recommends patients wear a compression garment on areas treated with liposuction for 6 weeks.