Sleeping positions after fat transfer to the breasts

Sleeping positions after fat transfer to the breasts

02nd Apr 2020


Fat transfer or lipofilling of the breasts is a 100% natural procedure that can be used to enhance the appearance of the breasts. While this procedure is also performed by a plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility, it doesn’t use external prostheses to deliver the improvement in the size and shape of the breasts, but just the patient’s own fat tissue. Many patients prefer to undergo this procedure as the recovery period is shorter and there are fewer risks and complications associated with it. At the same time, it is important to understand that the results that can be achieved with fat transfer are not really comparable with the results achieved with implants. 

When we use implants, we know exactly what is to be expected in terms of the increase in size as the breasts will be bigger with the volume added by the implant. So, if we use a 350 cc implant, the breasts will be larger by 350 ccs. Things are different when it comes to fat transfer. If the plastic surgeon injects 350 cc in each breast, this doesn’t mean that the patient will be left with a 350 cc augmentation. This is because a percentage of the fat (up to 30 or 40%) will be reabsorbed by the body. The remaining fat will develop a new blood network that will ensure its survival in the breasts. This means that a good outcome of the procedure is to be left with 60-70% of the 350 cc injected into the breasts, so this is 210 to 245 ccs of fat. 

Even if the procedures are performed following different surgical plans and can deliver different results, there are some things that need to be done during the recovery period, no matter what breast enhancement procedure you have undergone. 

Sleeping positions after fat transfer are one of the topics that should be discussed with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. It is important for patients to be fully aware of what is to be expected after this procedure and what they need to do to ensure satisfactory results in the long run.

What is strictly contraindicated after fat transfer is sleeping on the tummy or any type of pressure applied to the breasts. Too much pressure applied on the breasts shortly after fat grafting can result in the death of the fat cells and hence asymmetries or other complications. Patients who are used to sleeping on the tummy need to put some systems in place to ensure that during the night they don’t roll over on the tummy without realizing this. Sometimes, having some pillows around can help with this.

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