Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Scottsdale AZ plastic surgeons Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin perform natural breast augmentation with fat transfer to help women meet their natural aesthetic goals. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin have helped numerous patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Mesa, and surrounding AZ cities boost their self-confidence and self-esteem with plastic surgery procedures, such as fat transfer breast augmentation. The surgeon understands that the needs of different women are unique and works to create a highly customized treatment plan to suit the needs of each fat transfer breast aug. patient.
Brief History of Fat Transfer Techniques
Plastic surgeons have explored fat transfer as an option for cosmetic surgery for over a century. In 1893, a German Plastic surgeon, Gustav Neuber, used this technique to correct scars resulting from osteomyelitis (bone infection) in a patient. By the late 1990s, researchers in the US were already publishing papers on the use of fat grafts in plastic surgery. However, it was only in 2008 that The American Society of Plastic Surgeons endorsed fat grafting to the breast after realizing that this technique was effective and posed no significant risk if properly performed.
Who is a Candidate?
This cosmetic breast enhancement procedure entails removing unwanted fat from one area of the body (such as the stomach, hips, or thighs), and injecting them into the breast in order to achieve the desired shape and volume. You may be a candidate for this treatment if:
- You are in excellent physical and emotional health
- You wish to address minor breast asymmetry
- You wish to restore breast shape or volume lost due to aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or other factors
- You comprehend and understand the risks and rewards of this treatment
Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will reserve your first visit at his Phoenix office to understand your needs and goals. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and learn about your medical history before letting you know whether this treatment is for you. Keep in mind that you need to have enough stores of fat in other areas of the body in order to qualify for this treatment. Since fat transfer breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin emphasize that each patient ensures they are having this treatment out of their own volition, not because someone else asked them to.
Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
For women who are qualified, fat transfer breast enhancement offers many unique advantages:
- No breast incision – This technique is not a surgical procedure where large incisions are made. Rather, your surgeon will harvest excess fat at the donor sites and then use tiny needle sites to inject it into the breast region.
- No ‘maintenance’ required – Unlike breast implants that may need to be replaced within 10-20 years, natural fat transfer is a long-lasting procedure. More so, there is no need for routine imaging (MRI) scans as is the case with silicone breast implants.
- No implant ‘downsides’ – Breast implants come with the risk of leakage, capsular contracture, rippling, and other complications. On the other hand, natural grafting augmentation is a safe treatment when performed properly by a skilled board certified plastic surgeon.
- Bonus liposuction – Since excess fat is removed from areas such as the abdomen and thighs, patients who receive a fat transfer breast augmentation get the added benefit of liposuction in these areas.
During natural breast enhancement, your surgeon and his anesthesiologist will sedate the patient with general anesthesia. The surgeon will then mark the areas chosen for liposuction in order to guide the process. This done, the next step is to make small incisions in the target area, and using a special device known as a cannula to remove excess fat cells. The harvested fat is stored in a special container designed for safe fat processing. Once the liposuction is complete, the fat will be processed in order to drain unwanted fluid. This process is important because it gets rid of unwanted blood and other impurities that may cause infection and decrease the percentage of injected fat cells that remain long term. Your surgeon will then create tiny incisions around the perimeter of each breast, and then inject small volumes of fat cells into the breast tissue. Once this process is completed, incisions will be closed. The breast area is typically not dressed in order to prevent constriction of the grafted fat. However, the areas where liposuction was performed will be covered with a compression garment. The patient will need to rest in the recovery room for a short duration before they are discharged to go home and continue with recovery. This procedure takes about 1-3 hours to complete.
What is Recovery like?
Since natural breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, patients are allowed to go home on the same day in order to continue with recovery. Make sure you have someone who can drive you home after this treatment. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed. There are no drains for this procedure and showering is allowed the next morning. The surgeon will ask that you avoid wearing tight bras and undergarments over the first 6 weeks after this cosmetic treatment. However, the compression garments should be worn on the liposuction areas until the surgeon says otherwise. You will also be required to avoid sleeping on your breasts for 6 weeks. Following natural breast augmentation, most patients are able to return to light work within a week. The results of the procedure are typically evident within 3-6 months. It is important that you strictly adhere to Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery.
Expected Cost of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
The cost of natural breast augmentation can vary greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment, facility and medication fees, and the surgeon’s fees. On average, most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s patients can expect to pay between $4,000 and $11,000 for a fat transfer breast augmentation surgery. Any type of breast augmentation is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. For this reason, health insurers do not pay for this treatment. During your initial consultation at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s office, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate so you can make arrangements for financing a natural body tissue breast aug.
Dr. Oren Tessler’s Credentials
Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. Dr. Tessler is highly proficient in multiple cosmetic surgery techniques, including breast procedures, abdominoplasty, body contouring, and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Tessler earned his MD – MBA at McGill University. His plastic and reconstructive surgical training was concluded at McGill University followed by his fellowship training at Harvard University, both of which are the best and top ranked medical programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was appointed as an assistant and associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Dr. Tessler has also served as Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center, as well as contributed research and trained dozens of upcoming fat grafting breast augmentation plastic surgeons. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function while improving the quality of life of his patients. He brings a friendly and personalized approach to plastic surgery while working with highly qualified anesthesiologists and other support staff who strives to deliver the best breast augmentation Phoenix, AZ has to offer.