How safe is fat grafting to the breasts?

How safe is fat grafting to the breasts?

18th Mar 2019

How safe is fat grafting to the breasts?


Fat grafting to the breasts is a plastic surgery procedure that can offer 100% natural results and a noticeable augmentation of the breasts. The procedure is used for breast augmentation, but also to give the breasts a more desirable shape and to correct imperfections such as asymmetries. The procedure is often performed under general anesthesia and provides multiple benefits for the patient with little potential complications.

Many patients interested in breast augmentation with fat grafting ask how safe the procedure is and what to expect in terms of complications. Fat transfer to the breasts is safe and efficient, and the risks are smaller when compared to getting breast implants.

The procedure is recommended for patients who have pockets of fat localized in different areas of the body that can be removed with the help of liposuction. The risks associated with fat grafting to the breasts are actually the normal risks of liposuction and fat transfer.

The first risk is associated with the general anesthesia often used for this procedure. Due to the development of modern medicine and pharmacology, the substances used for the anesthesia are now safer than ever and the side effects are minimal.

Liposuction is one of the most popular performed procedures all over the world, and one of the reasons for this is the fact that when performed by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility, the procedure is safe and entails few risks and potential complications. When it comes to fat grafting to the breasts, liposuction is often performed on the abdomen and the flanks, but it can also target the lower and upper back.

After liposuction, the patient can be confronted with seromas and hematomas, bruising and swelling. But these can occur after any type of surgery and often require no additional treatment as they subside in time. The risk of excessive bleeding and infection is negligible when it comes to liposuction.

Fat grafting is also associated with potential complications. Among them are fat necrosis and the fat being absorbed by the body in high percentage. To reduce these risks, it is important to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter.

Fat grafting to the breasts is a safe procedure, and many patients prefer it over breast implants exactly for this reason. The risks are minimal and most complications can be avoided by just following instructions and choosing an experienced plastic surgeon. The risks of the procedure are increased when a high amount of fat is extracted with liposuction (more than six or seven liters in one session) and also when the plastic surgeon tries to transfer a very large quantity of fat to the breasts. To achieve natural results and to ensure the survival of the fat cells that were transferred, the plastic surgeon must properly estimate how much fat can be injected and in what areas of the breasts.


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