What is breast lipoaugmentation?
Breast lipoaugmentation (lipofilling, fat transfer, fat grafting) is enlargement or subtle reshaping of your breasts using your own fat. Fat is taken from another area and transferred into your breasts. (See separate Lipofilling (Fat Transfer) (Face) for fat transfer to the face.)
Who is suitable for lipoaugmentation?
If you are looking for a small to medium enhancement to your breast size or to a small area of your breasts and would like to avoid breast implants, lipoaugmentation may be an option for you. You should be willing to consider needing more than one procedure as only small increases in volume can be done at each session.
If you are soon after pregnancy or still breast feeding, plan to have more children in the future, are planning to lose weight or are overweight, it may not be the right time to have breast lipoaugmentation. If you smoke or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have breast lipoaugmentation.
Duration of surgery
1 to 1.5 hours depending on the extent of surgery. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall surgery time is longer.
You will have tapes on the incisions. You will need to wear a support bra for 6 weeks. Lipoaugmentation is a day case procedure. You can shower with care after 48 hours.
On average 1 to 2 weeks off work are needed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is allowed for 6 weeks. Some forms of exercise can be restarted at 4 weeks. Most exercise is restarted at 6 weeks. Driving is not allowed until you are safe to perform an emergency stop. Final results take 6 to 8 weeks to see. If more lipoaugmentation procedures are planned, they will be planned for 3 to 6 months afterwards.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all surgery and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before surgery, the care and precautions she takes during surgery and the advice she gives you after surgery. Some of the complications that can happen include slow healing, infection, bleeding, poor scarring, asymmetry, pain, numbness or sensitivity in the skin, contour irregularities, loss of more than expected fat, oil cysts, fat necrosis, fat embolism (rare but can be fatal), clots in the legs and lungs, interference with interpretation of mammogram, changes with changes in body weight.
Most patients who undergo lipoaugmentation surgery are very pleased with their results and it has a high success rate. Success depends on being prepared for your surgery, choosing the right procedure, the surgery itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!