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Breast Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a very useful adjunctive procedure for volumisation in cosmetic surgery and it is gaining increasing popularity as it’s regenerative benefits are also being recognised. Fat removed by surgeons at the time of liposuction operations may be injected into other sites to improve body contour and silhouette (including the breast, face, cheeks, legs and buttocks, as well as the hips, calves, stomach and abdomen). 

The technique was originally popularised by Sydney Coleman in New York (also called lipo-filling or lipostructure) for use in the face but then other doctors explored its use for breast reconstruction for improving asymmetry and for cosmetic breast enhancement. Later in the States various doctors then explored the use of fat to augment the buttocks. Breast fat transfer is now one of the most popular procedures that Mr Banwell performs in his practice and forms just one part of his mummy makeover programmes.

The down-time for breast fat transfer procedure (lipofilling or hybrid breast technique) is generally short and most people on average can return to work anywhere between one to seven days later depending on the amount of work performed and the size of the donor site harvesting. Light activities can be resumed according to patient comfort. Normal activities can usually be resumed after a few days (except heavy exercise). Critical to the success of fat graft take is making sure you take things easy, wear your compression garments as directed and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

BREAST FAT TRANSFER, STEM CELLS & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Breast fat transfer is at the very cutting edge of regenerative medicine and processed fat contains high levels of stem cells that have been shown to have immense benefits in anti-ageing. Furthermore, one of the main advances in fat transfer over recent years is the improved ability to harvest and process the fat thereby improving graft ‘take’ rates. Mr Banwell prefers to use the PureGraft system which is an advanced system to help purify and prepare fat cells in an optimum way prior to re-injection back into the breast.

FAT TRANSFER FOR BREAST ENHANCEMENT/AUGMENTATION

Mr Banwell is at the forefront of hybrid and composite techniques used in breast enhancement surgery in the UK where fat transfer can be used alone or in combination with latest generation breast implants (hybrid breast augmentation and composite breast augmentation) for a bespoke approach to breast augmentation surgery. This has expanded our armamentarium in the breast enhancement arena especially for those women looking for a ‘mini boob job’ or very modest increase in breast size. Please do ask Mr Banwell in person about his hybrid breast augmentation techniques (known as ‘HYBA’) and he can explain whether or not you are suitable for this kind of surgery. Fat transfer breast augmentation is now one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures for those who would prefer not to use breast implants.

The procedure is relatively small and recovery is usually quite rapid but please note that you will have a degree of swelling an bruising after the operation. Whilst the operation can be performed as a day case, if you have other procedures in addition to the fat transfer to the breasts, you will usually stay in overnight.

WHAT DOES FAT TRANSFER TO THE BREASTS INVOLVE?

This procedure is relatively straight forward from a surgical perspective but it is vital that patients take things easy in the first week or so after the procedure. Fundamental to this technique is the requirement for the fat to develop a new blood supply and thus external factors such as smoking, alcohol, exercise, etc can all affect fat graft take rates. As explained previously, Mr Banwell prefers to use the PureGraft system which helps purify and prepare the fat graft for transfer to the breasts. The careful preparation of the fat has been cited as one of the main reasons for optimal take rates. However, as Mr Banwell will explain, a proportion of the fat will reabsorb to a degree and therefore patients must accept that further fat transfer procedures to the breast may be required.

There are also things that patients can do to facilitate success: in the lead up to the operation it is vital to eat well, get plenty of sleep and maintain a steady weight. Drinking plenty of water to rehydrate in the days up to surgery is also very important as dehydration is another factor in poor take rates. Please make sure you discuss with Mr Banwell’s team the requirement for any compression garments but usually this will involve a sports bra (our preferred supplier is MACOM Medical).

The area where the fat is removed from is called the ‘donor’ site. Usually Mr Banwell will harvest fat from the abdomen or outer thighs using liposuction techniques but this will be confirmed on the day of surgery. Remember that unfortunately issues can occur in the donor sites such as contour irregularity, skin excess, dimpling, rippling and bumpiness so it is important to massage these areas afterwards and allow this to settle – wearing compression garments for these areas is also important.

COST OF BREAST FAT TRANSFER

The cost of fat transfer to the breast will vary depending upon whether this is performed in isolation or in association with other cosmetic procedure eg. as part of a mummy makeover. Mr Banwell’s team would be happy to provide an estimate for you. All follow up and dressing clinic appointments are included in the peace of mind package price (which is a combination of the Surgical fee, Hospital fee and Anaesthetic fee)

FAT TRANSFER FOR SCAR TREATMENT

Fat transfer can also be used for other indications too including scar management and scar revision so please feel free to ask Mr Banwell or his team for further information on these indications.

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Breast Fat Transfer
At a Glance

1.5 - 2.5 hours

SURGERY TIME

Breast Fat Transfer
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Daycase/Inpatient 1 night

HOSPITAL STAY

Breast Fat Transfer
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No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Breast Fat Transfer
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No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Breast Fat Transfer
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Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Breast Fat Transfer
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Immediately

REASONABLY MOBILE

Breast Fat Transfer
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

Breast Fat Transfer
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1 week

DRIVING

Breast Fat Transfer
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4 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Breast Fat Transfer
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Restricted activity after 2 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Breast Fat Transfer
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2 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

Breast Fat Transfer
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None

TIME OFF WORK

Breast Fat Transfer
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Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.

BRAS & GARMENTS

Mr Banwell definitely recommends that the majority of this kind of surgery is best performed under a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist.

Usually the operation is performed as a day case. Most people report that pain, discomfort and stiffness of the first few days are minor effects. Paracetamol is usually sufficient. It is necessary to take things easy for the first few days. A tight fitting elastic garment will be provided and this reduces the swelling of the treated transferred areas as well as providing shaping of the area treated. Additional taping may also be required to aid this process and will need to be replaced in the outpatient clinic.

There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding the risks and where they stem from. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring, alteration in nipple sensation, numbness of the skin and blood clots in the legs and lungs. Specific risks include uneven or asymmetrical results, including rippling, skin excess, lumpiness and dimpling, skin discolouration, loss of sensation (temporary loss of sensation almost always occurs and recovers after some months) and the need for repeat procedures. Remember that a good blood supply is required for improved take rates of the fat and this is dependent upon intrinsic patient factors and the volume injected into the breast.

  • Surgical fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee
  • Specialist surgical garments
  • Specialist post-operative massage and manual lymphatic drainage

Mr Banwell’s care of my daughter was excellent – he is a great communicator with children. The hospital staff was very helpful and efficient. The surgery is very neat with minimal scarring – I’m sure it will make a big difference to her life as she grows up.


Elena W.

Just a note to say a big thank you for your professional expertise, your excellent care and your kindness towards me during my treatment.


Marilyn W.

Mr Paul Banwell performed a wider excision for me in April 2008 following a diagnosis of melanoma. The care and support provided by him has been second to none and I would have no hesitation in recommending him. Paul’s approach to surgery and post-surgery is one of honesty and excellence in his field of expertise. I feel safe in his care.


Sarah B.

My care was efficient and well taken care of, the outcome of my surgery couldn’t be more perfect, I’m so pleased. My surgery has given me a new found confidence in my body in a way I never thought I could feel.


Amelia P.

Procedure was quick, pain fee and I was made to feel at ease. I would highly recommend Mr Banwell, he provided an honest opinion of the result and all the options. I barely have a scar to speak of! Great result.


Claire H.

I am delighted!! Mr Banwell listened to what I wanted and now I have fuller breast that don’t look false!  I would highly recommend him and his team to everyone.  They are all very friendly and the care I received before, during and after was excellent and very professional. Many thanks to you all.


Gemma C.

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