Breast fat transfer after 5 years surgery involves the relocation of fat cells from different parts of the body to the breasts. The process helps to reduce excess fat in trouble areas like the abdomen and flanks, while adding volume and shape to the breasts.
See our fantastic before and after results from breast augmentation fat transfer surgery.
Most breast augmentation fat transfer procedures have a high success rate, and the positive effects will last for many years. The relocated fat cells settle into place over the six months following surgery, and they should remain permanent.
Rarely, a situation occurs in which the fat cells do not adhere properly in their new location on the breasts. Alternatively, future weight fluctuations may also impact the effectiveness of this procedure.
We frequently see patients who are considering a breast augmentation fat transfer but are hesitant about the outlook of their results long-term. Below, we’ll examine the average permanence of a breast fat transfer after 5 years and 1 year.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BREAST FAT TRANSFER AFTER 5 YEARS
According to information gathered from surgeons and breast fat transfer reviews and testimonials from patients, a breast augmentation fat transfer after 5 years should have an excellent outlook. That is, the initial results — if effective to begin with — should still be present after the five-year mark.
Of course, every patient is different, and results will vary. Still, for the majority of patients, the survival rate of fat cells that are relocated to the breasts is very good. This means that, over time, these fat cells will continue to perform the function of adding volume to the breasts.
At the same time, it’s important to remember that in five years, many things can change.
If a patient loses weight, for example, even though the relocated fat cells will still be in their new location in the breasts, they will shrink — as all fat cells do to some extent when fat loss occurs.
In a similar manner, as a patient ages, her breast tissue and skin will naturally begin to droop and sag. This is especially true when patients reach their 40s, 50s, and beyond (and particularly when a patient has poor skin elasticity). When the skin sags, the breasts will sag overall — even if there is adequate volume there — and this can make breasts appear smaller.
While the majority of patients are happy with their breast fat transfer results after five years, these are just a few things to keep in mind in regards to the potential longevity of your surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BREAST FAT TRANSFER 1 YEAR LATER
The prognosis for breast augmentation fat transfer 1 year later is almost always good. Patients tend to be extremely happy with their results after one year.
By this time, the relocated fat has permanently adhered to the breast tissue. Therefore, the results should be fully visible, and as long as the patient is continuing on with healthy lifestyle choices and not gaining or losing too much weight, the results should be excellent and long-lasting.
Take a look at any breast augmentation fat transfer 1 year later before and after photos, and you should see amazing results.
WHAT POTENTIAL EFFECTS ARE THERE?
When patients want to increase the volume of their breasts, many opt for a breast fat transfer over breast augmentation surgery with implants.
This is often because patients believe that implants may have less side effects and potential risks than other procedures.
In some ways, this is true, and in some ways, it’s not.
To start with, although breast implants may result in side effects such as capsular contracture, this is rare. Most patients who get implants are extremely happy with their results and have few, if any, side effects.
Furthermore, fat transfer procedures can have side effects as well. Again, these are also rare. But they may occur. Let’s go over a few potential side effects that may occur with breast fat transfer procedures, also known as fat grafting surgeries.
To start with, as with any surgery, there is always a risk for infection. Fortunately, the fat grafting procedure is minimally invasive, so the risk of infection is quite small. However, it is something to think about with any type of surgery.
Next, there are two potential side effects that may occur regarding how the fat adheres — or doesn’t adhere — to its new location on the breasts.
First, there’s the potential for fat reabsorption. This occurs when your body absorbs the relocated fat, so it doesn’t adhere and flourish in its new location. Experts say that as many as half of the relocated cells may be reabsorbed and will therefore not contribute to your fat transfer results. In addition, there’s the potential for fat necrosis.
This occurs when fat cells die in their new location and sometimes form lumps or small bubbles around the breasts. If this happens, you may notice lumps, bruising, redness, and discomfort on your breasts.
Fortunately, the risk of these side effects are small. Speak to your surgeon if you have concerns about these issues.
TIPS FOR ENSURING GREAT FAT TRANSFER RESULTS
The good news regarding your potential for great breast fat transfer results long-term is that you have some influence over the outcome. That is, there are things you can do to boost the effectiveness of your fat transfer procedure over time.
Here are some tips:
SLEEP PROPERLY AFTER SURGERY.
Right after surgery, sleep only on your back to allow the new fat cells a chance to adhere properly.
Smoking reduces the effectiveness of this surgery.
WEAR THE PROPER CLOTHING.
Compression garments can help on the areas where you’ve had liposuction. But make sure to wear loose fitting clothing around your breasts so that fat reabsorption does not occur.
DON’T ALLOW YOUR WEIGHT TO FLUCTUATE TOO MUCH.
Drastic weight fluctuations after surgery can alter your results.
FOLLOW DR. SIEBER’S DIRECTIONS.
Do not deviate from the aftercare plan provided to you by Dr. Sieber.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. HOW LONG DOES BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER LAST IN BREASTS?
A. Fat transfer to the breasts is considered a long-lasting procedure, but the longevity of the breast fat transfer results can vary depending on a number of factors, including the patient’s age, weight, and lifestyle. In general, fat transfer results can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years or longer. However, some of the fat cells may be absorbed by the body over time, and it is not uncommon for patients to undergo a touch-up procedure after several years to maintain the desired results.
Q. WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF FAT TRANSFER TO BREAST?
A. Fat transfer to the breasts or breast augmentation fat transfer has a high success rate, with many patients achieving a significant improvement in breast volume and shape. However, the success of the procedure can depend on several factors, including the patient’s age, weight, and overall health, as well as the skill and experience of the surgeon. In general, the procedure is considered safe and effective, but it’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a qualified plastic surgeon.
Q. WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM RESULTS OF FAT TRANSFER?
A. Fat transfer results can last 2-5 years or longer, but some fat cells may be absorbed by the body over time and touch-ups may be required. Factors like weight changes, aging, and the patient’s overall health can impact results. A qualified plastic surgeon can provide more information on long-term outcomes.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A FAT TRANSFER TO LOOK GOOD?
A. It can take several months for a fat transfer to fully settle and look good. Initial swelling and bruising may last several weeks, and it may take up to 6 months to see the final results.
Q. What happens if you gain weight after fat transfer breast augmentations?
If you gain weight after a fat transfer breast augmentations, the volume of your breasts may increase, but this increase is likely to be uneven, causing changes in the shape and symmetry of your breasts. Significant weight gain can also cause the transferred fat cells to shrink, leading to a reduction in breast volume.
Q. Should you lose weight before a fat transfer?
A. There’s no strict requirement to lose weight before a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, but being at a stable, healthy weight can help ensure the best results. If you are significantly overweight or obese, losing weight with a healthy diet can improve your overall health, reduce the risk of complications, and help ensure that the transferred fat cells are as healthy as possible.
It’s important to discuss your weight and overall health with your plastic surgeons before undergoing a fat transfer procedure. They can evaluate your medical history, perform a physical examination, and help you determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
If you are considering a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure and have concerns about your weight, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor or a qualified weight management specialist to determine the best approach for your needs.
Q. How skinny is too skinny for fat transfer?
A. There is no specific body mass index (BMI) or weight that determines if someone is too skinny for a fat transfer procedure. The amount of body fat available for transfer is a more important consideration than someone’s weight or BMI. However, having too little body fat can make it difficult to obtain enough fat to achieve the desired results, and a lack of adequate fat can also increase the risk of complications during the procedure.
It’s important to discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon, who can evaluate your overall health and determine if a fat transfer is an appropriate option for you. If you are thin, but have adequate body fat in specific areas, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs, a fat transfer may still be possible. Your plastic surgeon can provide more information about the feasibility of the procedure in your specific case.
Q. How many cup sizes can you go up with fat transfer?
A. The amount of increase in cup size that can be achieved with fat transfer varies depending on several factors, including the amount of fat available for transfer, the individual’s existing breast tissue, and the desired outcome.
On average, fat transfer can increase the breast size by up to one or two cup sizes. However, some individuals may see a larger increase in breast size, while others may only see a small increase.
It is important to have realistic expectations and to communicate your desired outcome with your plastic surgeons during the consultation to ensure that the procedure can meet your goals.
Additionally, fat transfer techniques can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with breast implants to achieve more significant results.
Q. What happens if you don’t have enough fat for fat transfer?
A. If you don’t have enough fat for a fat transfer, the procedure may not be a suitable option for you. Fat transfer involves taking fat from one area of the body, typically the abdomen or thighs, and transferring it to another area, such as the breasts or buttocks, to enhance their size and shape.
The amount of fat needed for transfer varies depending on the individual’s goals, but generally, a minimum of 100-200cc of fat is required for fat transfer.
If you don’t have enough fat to meet the minimum requirement, your plastic surgeon may recommend other options, such as breast implant or buttock implants, to achieve the desired results.
Alternatively, some individuals may consider gaining weight before the procedure to increase the amount of fat available for transfer.
Q. Can fat transfer to breast cause lumps?
A. Fat transfer to the breasts can cause lumps, although this is not a common side effect. The development of lumps can occur if the injected fat forms small collections or if there is uneven distribution of the transferred fat.
These lumps may be felt as small, firm, and movable masses under the skin. In most cases, these lumps can be resolved through gentle massage and over time as the transferred fat integrates with the surrounding breast tissue.
To minimize the risk of lumps after breast fat transfer, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon with a track record of achieving natural-looking results. Your surgeon will also evaluate your breast tissue and advise you on the appropriate amount of fat to be transferred to minimize the risk of developing lumps.
It is important to closely follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to promote proper healing and recovery. If you notice any unusual lumps or changes in your breasts, it is important to contact your surgeon for an evaluation.
LEARN ABOUT BREAST FAT TRANSFER AFTER 5 YEARS WITH A CONSULTATION
Patients who are considering a breast fat transfer must qualify for the procedure before they can schedule their surgery.
In addition to being in overall good health and at a steady weight they hope to maintain in the future, patients also need to have enough excess fat on their body so that it can be relocated to the breasts. Furthermore, it is important that patients understand that breast fat transfer augmentation can only increase the overall size of the breasts a modest amount. For more drastic changes in breast size, implants may be necessary.
If you would like to learn more about natural Breast Fat Transfer After 5 Years and find out if you are a good candidate for surgery, contact Sieber Plastic Surgery today to book a consultation appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon San Francisco Dr. David Sieber.