Breast Fat Grafting in Dublin
Breast fat grafting is a plastic surgery procedure that can enhance the shape and size of your breasts. This breast surgery involves transferring fat from another part of your body to your breast tissue.
This method of breast augmentation is popular because it uses your own fat cells to increase breast volume and reduces the risk of complications from breast implants. We perform breast fat grafting at Venus Medical in Dublin under local anesthesia and it takes 3-4 hours depending on the areas where we are contouring to take the fat.
Other names for this procedure include autologous fat transfer, autologous fat grafts, fat transplantation, and fat transfer breast augmentation.
- Autologous fat grafting for breast augmentation uses your own fat tissue to enhance breast shape and size instead of silicone or saline breast implants.
- Unwanted fat is removed from another part of your body such as your abdomen, hips or thighs.
- Fat-grafted breasts feel soft and retain sensation.
- There are no large incisions requiring stitches around the breasts.
- It is a walk-in walk-out procedure done using local anesthesia, avoiding the increased risk of general anesthesia.
- You can return to normal activities in a few days to a week after the fat injections.
How we do breast fat grafting surgery
Our highly experienced and qualified plastic surgeons will mark the donor site and recipient site for the fat transfer.
After you receive a relaxing tablet, the surgeon cleans the areas and injects numbing medication at the donor and recipient incision sites.
The surgeon makes tiny incisions for VASER to loosen the fat cells and gentle suction of fat cells from the donor area. This fat tissue is processed and prepared before injection into the breast tissue.
A special garment is placed and you can go home with a friend or family member the same day of the procedure.
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Frequently asked questions
It depends on your body type, the amount of fat transferred, and the surgical techniques used. In general, fat cells that are successfully transferred to the breast area will last indefinitely, just like fat cells in other parts of the body. However, your body can naturally reabsorb some of the transferred fat over time, which can lead to a gradual decrease in breast size.
The amount of injected fat that is reabsorbed varies from person to person and can be influenced by your age, weight, and overall health status. On average, studies have shown 50-60% graft survival (the amount of transferred fat that persists long-term) while the remaining fat is reabsorbed by the body. Some patients require multiple fat grafting procedures in order to maintain the desired volume and shape of the breasts.
In general, the goal of breast fat grafting is to provide a more natural-looking increase in breast volume, rather than achieve an increase in cup size. Most patients can expect to see a modest increase in breast volume with a breast fat transfer, typically one cup size. The amount of fat that can be transferred varies from person to person and depends on several factors such as your body type and the amount of tissue available for fat harvesting.
At Venus Medical, we perform breast fat grafting using local anesthetic which helps to minimize any discomfort or pain. After the procedure you may experience some swelling, tenderness, or discomfort in the breast area, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Fat grafting is used to add volume to your breasts. It is not typically used to lift your breasts. A separate procedure for breast lifting called mastopexy can reshape and lift your breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning your breast tissue. Fat grafting is best for increasing breast volume and improving the overall shape and contour of your breasts.
While fat grafting may provide some modest lifting effects, it is not a substitute for a traditional breast lifting procedure. We don’t recommend it to patients whose main concern is a significant sagging or drooping of the breasts. In some cases, we may recommend a combination of fat grafting and breast lift to achieve the best possible results.
We make small incisions at the fat tissue donor site and tiny, well-hidden incisions in the breasts to perform the fat transfer. There are no incisions on the visible parts of the breasts and scarring is minimal, given the small size of the incisions.
In general, breast fat grafting is a safe procedure. But like all surgical procedures, fat transfer to the breasts carries the risk of potential complications, including:
- Fat reabsorption: Some of the transferred fat cells can be reabsorbed by your body over time, which can reduce the volume of your breasts.
- Fat necrosis: In rare cases, the transferred fat can die. The dead fat cells can form oil cysts or hard lumps that may require further treatment or surgery.
- Asymmetry and contour deformities: The transferred fat may not be evenly distributed, leading to an asymmetry or unevenness in the reconstructed breast.
- Scarring: The tiny incisions used for breast fat transfer are usually minimal and well-hidden but can occasionally result in scarring.
- Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, although this is generally rare with fat grafting for breast reconstruction.
At Venus Medical, our plastic surgeons have decades of experience in performing cosmetic procedures, including fat injection to the breasts. Your risk of serious complications is extremely low.
Fat grafting to the breasts is not associated with an increased breast cancer risk in the future. Despite this, we do not perform breast fat grafting in patients who have an immediate (mother, sister) family history of breast cancer.
The cost of breast fat grafting procedures in Dublin, Ireland, can
range anywhere from €5,000 to €10,000 or more. This is just an estimate and the the actual cost of the fat grafting procedure can vary widely.
There is usually a correlation with the extent of the fat transfer and the price. Be very careful if you are offered a cheap fat transfer, because it may not be worth it in the long run.
We will provide detailed pricing either during an in-clinic consultation or through MeTime if you decide to have a remote assessment based on your photos and your expectations. We do offer financing through Humm if you prefer to pay monthly over time. Our clinic manager will be happy to discuss options with you.