Introduction Breast augmentation with fat is a popular and common plastic surgery procedure that tens of thousands of women undergo in the US each year. This procedure is suitable for women who want to add mild projection and shape to their breasts. The surgery effectively enhances the female breasts, making them look beautiful and sensuous. It is less risky than breast implant surgery, and the results are entirely natural. While the procedure entails lower risks and side effects, it is still invasive in that liposuction is used to remove the excess, donor fat from different areas of the body. As such, there are some conditions that the patient is needed to meet to be a good candidate for the procedure. The plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy during the pre-operative consultation. He will assess your candidacy by checking the following factors: Having excess fat in the body Buttock augmentation with fat uses your body fat to enhance your breasts. During the surgery, the plastic surgeon will create tiny incisions on the fat donor areas. The common fat donor sites include the abdomen, sides, thighs, flanks, love handles, and upper back. After making the incision, the doctor will perform liposuction on the area. Liposuction will not only contour the target area but also extract fat for transfer to your breasts. What this means is that you need to have the required amount of excess, unwanted fat in your body to be a good candidate for the surgery. Many women assume that they need a large amount of fat to qualify for breast augmentation with fat. However, the good news is that even thin patients can have the required volume of unwanted fat in their bodies that can be used to enhance the breasts. Only in minor cases are patients told to gain a few pounds beforehand. Being in good health The next important thing that the plastic surgeon will check during the pre-operative consultation is your overall health. This is the most critical condition that you must meet. Since the surgery involves incisions, it comes with risks. The risks can differ from one patient to another, depending on their health condition. An assessment of your health condition will be made during the pre-operative consultation. You must also be sure to share your complete medical history with the doctor. Withholding health information from the surgeon will only increase the risks for you. Since breast augmentation with fat is an elective procedure, you should not take higher risks for the sake of your cosmetic goals. Your health is more important than your physical appearance. The risks associated with breast augmentation with fat include infection, seroma and hematoma, fat necrosis, breast asymmetry, etc. If you have a severe form of diabetes, heart disease, a blood disorder, pulmonary problems, etc., you should avoid undergoing surgery because the risks are higher for you. To be sure you are in good health, the plastic surgeon will ask you to get specific medical tests and scans before the procedure. Having realistic goals Another condition that the patient is required to meet to undergo fat transfer surgery is to have realistic and reasonable goals and expectations. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will check your breasts and ask as to what improvements you desire to achieve. Keep in mind that breast augmentation with fat will only make the breasts shapelier and add mild projection to them. If you want to make the breasts more prominent, then you should consider undergoing breast implant surgery instead of fat transfer. Breast augmentation with fat can effectively enhance your breasts; however, do not expect the procedure to transform your appearance or change you into a celebrity. It cannot make your breasts like the breasts of anyone you are inspired of. Every patient has a different body, breast dimension, and anatomy. Fat transfer surgery will enhance your breasts by making sure it accentuates your body outline and fits your other physical features. After the procedure, your breasts will appear shapelier and projected, which will make you look sensuous, more feminine, and beautiful. Stop smoking To be a non-smoker or stopping smoking is one of the top conditions for the patient to be a good candidate for breast augmentation with fat. If you are a smoker, you must stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking throughout the recovery process. This is vital for your safety and for the achievement of your desired improvements. Smoking is dangerous for health, but it can be life-threatening if continued right before the surgery and during the recovery period. Smoking thickens the blood and makes the blood vessels thinner. It also restricts the generation of new blood vessels, which are essential for the survival of the fat injected into the breasts. The fat cells injected into the breasts are incredibly delicate and exposed to damage and injury during the first three weeks after the surgery. They require an adequate supply of blood and essential nutrients to survive, nourish, expand, and strengthen. Smoking deprives the fat cells of blood and nutrients, which leads to death or injury of the fat cells. As such, the achieved results are reversed. Moreover, smoking increases the risk of blood clotting during the recovery period. It makes the blood thick, which can trigger other major health complications. Smoking also increases your risk of infection because it makes your immune system weaker. It also directly affects your lung functions, which can be dangerous during the surgery because breast augmentation with fat is performed under general anesthesia. It is for these reasons that patients are advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking for at least six weeks after. You should not be pregnant One of the most important conditions that the patient is required to meet to be a good candidate for breast augmentation with fat is that you must not be pregnant. If you are pregnant at the time of the surgery, it will be deadly not only for you but also for the baby. The use of general anesthesia, incisions and surgical trauma can be life-threatening for your baby. For these reasons, it is crucial for the patient not to be pregnant while undergoing breast augmentation with fat. A trusted, highly qualified and reputed plastic surgeon will make sure you are not pregnant. He will ask during the consultation session whether you are pregnant. Furthermore, all patients who want to get breast augmentation are required to get a pregnancy test to determine if they are pregnant. You must tell the surgeon if you are pregnant during the consultation session. If you are pregnant, you will be advised to avoid the surgery for now and instead get the procedure six months after childbirth. If you are breastfeeding your baby, you will be advised to avoid the procedure for at least six months after you stop breastfeeding because your breasts need to stabilize before going under the knife. Furthermore, you must avoid getting pregnant again after breast augmentation surgery because it can nullify the achieved results. Understanding the risks Breast augmentation with fat is a major and highly invasive plastic surgery procedure. Like all invasive procedures, there are risks associated with it. It is important for the patient to know and understand the risks and be ready to cope with them. If you are not prepared to face the risks, then you should avoid the surgery. Also, if the risks are higher than the benefits, you should avoid going under the knife. Being prepared for the surgery and recovery Breast augmentation with fat requires the patient to be ready for the surgery and recovery period. You must be fully prepared to experience the surgical trauma and go through a full recovery that can comprise of many weeks. You will be required to avoid work for two weeks and avoid strenuous activities for six weeks. If you are not ready for the operation and recovery, then you should avoid undergoing the procedure. Conclusion Breast augmentation with fat is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the US. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women get the procedure in the US alone each year. It has a history of delivering effective and reliable outcomes. It is also safe, thanks to the many years of developments made in the field of plastic surgery. However, it still entails risks and side effects, and there are some requirements that patients are required to meet to be a good candidate. The patient must know these requirements and be ready to discuss them with the surgeon. The surgeon will use the above-explained conditions to determine your candidacy for breast augmentation surgery during the consultation session.