Breast fat transfer 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 fat transfer surgery.
Most breast 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 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 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
After one year, the prognosis for a breast fat transfer 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 fat transfer 1 year later before and after photos, and you should see amazing results.
What Potential Breast Fat Transfer Side 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 more side effects and potential risks than breast fat transfer 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, breast 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.
Set Up a Consultation Appointment
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 the breast fat transfer process and find out if you are a good candidate for surgery, contact Sieber Plastic Surgery today to set up a consultation appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.