Expectation after a breast augmentation with fat grafting

Expectation after a breast augmentation with fat grafting

07th Aug 2016

Breast augmentation through fat grafting is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the use of your own body fat to enlarge and enhance your breasts. For this procedure, the surgeon will use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from localized areas of your body like the abdomen, flanks, sides, upper back and thighs. The fat cells are then purified and transferred into the breasts via small incisions. The result will be moderately large, perky, round and curvy breasts, with natural movements and appearance.


Fat grafting is considered to be safer than breast implants because it simply uses your own body fat to enhance your breasts. Furthermore, you can expect the results to be natural and better than the results of breast augmentation with breast implants.


Expectations after the surgery

Many patients who went through breast augmentation via fat grafting are ecstatic about its benefits. Their usual testimonial is that it gave them a boost in their psychological, physical, emotional and sexual health. Studies have already established that there is a connection between breast size and self-esteem in women. Image-conscious women, in particular, get a significant boost in their confidence immediately after breast augmentation. This means that you can expect the procedure to enhance many facets of your life.


Scarring and Bruising

You should be ready to face scarring and bruising after the fat grafting. Like other surgeries, this procedure will leave behind scars. This will be on your breasts as well as the donor sites used to retrieve fat from your body. Don’t let this discourage you because the scars are actually relatively smaller and less visible than if you were to use breast implants.. Also, even if the scars are permanent, it will gradually fade. As for the bruising, this would subside a few weeks or months after the surgery.


The Expected Results

Overall, the aesthetic results of breast augmentation via fat grafting are impressive. One of the major benefits is that it will your breasts and the decrease the sagginess. Because there are a number of factors that can cause breast sagginess, including pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, genetics and breastfeeding, a lot of women are interested in breast augmentation.


With fat grafting, the fat inserted in your breasts will help lessen the sagginess, making your breasts perkier, rounder and curvier. Moreover, if you have stretch marks on your breasts, you can expect them to be less noticeable after this procedure.


However, patients should not expect to see the full benefits of breast augmentation via fat grafting immediately after. It takes time for your body to heal and for the injected fat to adjust to the new environment. Furthermore, it will take time to improve your complete physical functioning after the procedure.
The results you achieve with fat grafting are sustainable as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Substantial weight gain after the surgery can expand the fat cells in your breasts and trigger the growth of new fat cells. If this happens, it may undo the results you achieved with the fat grafting procedure. Weight loss is also not a good thing in this case because drastic weight loss can lead to sagginess in the breasts.


Expectations of Recovery

Recovery after fat grafting depends heavily depends on what technique has been used to inject the fat inside of your breasts and how fast your body adjusts. In comparison with breast implant recoveries, the fat grafting patients recover much faster and show better results. You may expect to experience some degree of pain and discomfort in the beginning, but this can easily be managed with pain relief medications.
You can resume work a week after the procedure, but if your work involves strenuous activities, you should take a leave for at least three weeks. This is because the taking care of your breasts during the healing process will enhance the final results. If your surgeon has prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take them on time.
Also, you will be required to drink a lot of liquids and maintain a healthy lifestyle after the surgery. Make sure to eat healthy food and do exercises regularly. You should allow your breasts to heal for the first few months before starting grueling exercises and sports.
It is also important to understand that smoking can hinder the healing process and lead to blood clot formation. It is, therefore, advised for breast augmentation patients to avoid smoking before and after the surgery to prevent potential complications. The use of alcohol is also discouraged because it can trigger excessive bleeding after the procedure.


Possible Unsatisfactory Results

While your surgeon may make efforts to deliver you the best results possible, there is no guarantee that you will be 100% happy or satisfied with the aesthetic results. Some women may not like the scars, while some may feel dissatisfied with their overall breast shape after the surgery. The chance of being dissatisfied with the results is higher when an inexperienced, unskilled surgeon performs the surgery.


Expected complications

There is a host of potential complications that may occur after the fat grafting procedure. The risk varies depending on your surgeon’s capabilities. The good news is that the complications associated with breast augmentation via fat grafting are relatively lower.
Below are some of the potential complications that may occur after the procedure:

  • Infections
  • Hematoma and seroma
  • Temporary or permanent change in or loss of nipple and breast sensation
  • Poor wound healing Asymmetrical breasts
  • Bleeding



Breast augmentation with fat grafting is a safe plastic surgery option for increasing the size of your breasts and enhancing the shape. Since the procedure uses your own body fat to enlarge your breasts, the results are natural and the rate of complications is relatively lower. You can expect the procedure to not only increase the size of your breasts to a moderate degree, but also make your breasts perky, round and curvy. Just don’t forget, choosing the right surgeon is key to reducing the risk of complications.


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