Breast enhancement using lipofilling
Natural breast enlargement with your own fat
A natural breast enlargement is now also possible without implants! You can gain one cup-size with lipofilling of the breasts – a filling of your own body fat.
This plastic surgery technique has been refined in recent years and now offers superb results!
Advantages and disadvantages of natural breast enlargement
How do I know if I am eligible for a lipofilling breast enhancement?
Small breasts - small enhancement
A lipofilling breast enhancement is mainly used in patients that desire a small breast enhancement with a natural result. If you prefer a natural filler instead of an artificial implant then lipofilling offers you the perfect solution.
If the breasts are clearly asymmetrical then lipofilling - adding volume - can achieve the right balance.
One of the requirements for lipofilling is that your skin must be elastic enough to be able to support the volume of the breast.
A certain quantity of fat
Obviously a certain quantity of fat is necessary to achieve a beautiful result. This is preferably harvested from the abdomen, the legs or the hips. The plastic surgeon will determine precisely how many ccs can be harvested during your consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- Are the results permanent?
YES. It takes a few weeks before the small blood vessels have established themelves again in the breast, which means that some fat cells will not receive any nutrients and will therefore die off. The original volume will decrease slightly. The cells that are still alive after three months will be permanent.
- Is this a new procedure?
YES. The new technique involves the harvested fat being carefully purified before being re-injected into the body. The modern purification technique ensures that only intact and therefore living fat cells are transferred. This means that the result is far more accurate and permanent.
- From where is the fat harvested?
In consultation with the patient, the surgeon will harvest fat from the abdomen, buttocks or hips. We recommend a girdle be worn for 6 weeks following the treatment around the areas from which the fat is harvested. This support bandage will ensure that your skin stays beautifully smooth.
- How many treatments are required?
Usually a single treatment is adequate but you must take into account that a repeat treatment may be necessary.
- Is it possible to obtain 1 cup larger?
YES. Your breasts can be enhanced by between 1 and 1.5 cups. It is possible that 2 or 3 treatments are required to achieve the desired result. If you would like a larger enhancement then it is better to choose a breast prosthesis.
- Can I wear a bra after the procedure?
YES. After the treatment the breasts need adequate support. This is why the plastic surgeon advises wearing a special sports bra for six weeks or so. Then you can wear any bra you like.
- Can I combine a liposuction with a breast lipofilling?
YES. Both procedures can be performed during the same session. Most people combine a breast lipofilling with liposuction on one or more areas. Your silhouette will look considerably more beautiful as a result.
- Do I pay extra for the liposuction?
YES. Harvesting the fat is not the same as liposuction treatment on a certain area of the body. If you would like to have liposuction performed then you must pay extra. The fat cells removed during liposuction are purified and used for your lipofilling.
- Do I pay extra for the fat harvesting?
NO. Harvesting the fat cells is included in the price. You only pay extra if you want liposculpture treatment or liposuction of the abdomen, belly or thighs.
- Can a breast enhancement with implants be combined with a lipofilling treatment?
YES. Lipofilling can be used as a filler in a breast enhancement with implants. If you are very slender or skinny then adding a little fat to the upper part of the breast offers a beautiful, natural result.
- Will there be permanent scarring?
NO. The purified fat cells are injected into the breast using a thin syringe. This ensures that there are no large scars, only a small opening a couple of millimetres wide.
- Is the procedure painful?
NO. The procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic combined with intravenous sedation or under a general anaesthetic.
During the consultation, the plastic surgeon explains the entire procedure and determines the quantity of fat that will be harvested and the area it will be harvested from.
The procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic combined with intravenous sedation. This means that the body is put under as little stress as possible and you are not aware of the procedure. The donor area and the area to be filled will be treated with a liquid anaesthetic that also suppresses bleeding.
The fat cells are harvested from an area where there is too much fat. The harvested fat cells are purified and any fluid or blood is removed. Damaged cells are carefully extracted so that only intact, living cells remain.
The intact cells are then inserted, in very small amounts, through ten or so fine channels under the skin. This means that the transplanted fat cells benefit from maximum contact with all the surrounding tissue: skin, muscle and cartilage. The surrounding tissue ensures that the transplanted fat cells receive adequate supplies of oxygen and nutrients so they settle in as best as possible.
It is possible that the area will be swollen and a little bruised, a coldpack or icepack will provide relief. The swelling and bruising will gradually subside in the days following the treatment.
In general this procedure involves few complications. The fat is the body's own and therefore 100% bio-compatible. If an infection does occur after the procedure a course of antibiotics will solve the problem.
The initial result is immediately visible after the procedure. You will need to wait three months to obtain the permanent result.
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