Natural Breast Augmentation
What is the Naural Breast Augmentation procedure?
The Natural Breast Augmentation procedure is performed under local tumescent anesthesia and reshapes, lifts and increases the breasts size by 1-2 cups. This procedure combines liposuction of unwanted body fat from designated areas and transfers that unwanted fat to the breasts. Patients whose breasts have been affected by post breast-feeding sagginess, rapid weight loss, or the natural aging effects, can be ideal candidates. By combining this procedure with body liposuction, the patient gets the added benefit of a more contoured body as well as an increase in breast size and shape with one procedure. For many years’ patients have asked us if we could remove unwanted body fat and transfer it to the breasts and now, we do.
Who is a Candidate for Natural Breast Augmentation?
This procedure is ideal for women who have had children and their breasts were larger and now have begun to sag, leaving loss of fullness in the upper breast area. Also, patients that have previous breast implants and have had them removed can also benefit from this procedure. These clients have room in their breasts to accommodate the transferred fat. Younger patients with small breasts and no additional skin to a hold the transferred fat, are not good candidates for the procedure. We have treated younger patients with a suction breast device called the Brava system to create space to accommodate the fat. This added step works for highly motivated clients that want this procedure.
How is the Procedure performed?
This procedure has 2 steps. The first step of the procedure is to do tumescent liposuction under local anesthesia to the desired body areas where we will obtain the fat for the transfer procedure. After the fat is obtained, it is washed and prepared, and then transferred into the breasts using small cannulas in a precise and careful manner. Once the fat is positioned in the breasts in the desired areas, the patient will be placed in a special support bra and will wear that bra for a week and then transition to a normal bra.
What kind of results can I expect?
Patients can expect a 1-2 cup size increase when planning to have this procedure done. Right after surgery the breasts will be fuller, and after about 1-2 months the final size of the breasts will be obtained. This decrease in size is due to fat loss, which is expected after the procedure. It is typical for about 1/3 of the transferred fat to be lost after surgery. Some patients retain more and others less. To help the fat survive, it is important to not to sleep on your breasts as this will result in more fat loss. This procedure will not give a drastic increase in size like a breast implant will. The procedure is designed to subtly improve the shape and fullness of the breasts and not just this size. It can add cleavage and upper pole breast fullness which makes the breasts appear more youthful and attractive. If those are your goals, then this will be an ideal procedure for you.
What is the down time for the Procedure?
The usual downtime for this procedure is 2-3 days. Most patients state that the liposuction portion of the procedure is associated with more discomfort that the breast transfer procedure. The majority of our patients are back to work in 3 days. We advise our patients to avoid any rigorous jumping or running for 2 months after the procedure. Mild to moderate exercise is encouraged after the first few weeks, but it must be low impact.
What is the cost of the Proceddure?
The cost of the procedure varies with the size of the patient and the number of liposuction areas that are required to the harvest the fat. It starts at $6,000 and increases to $10,000 depending on the different surgical requirements of each patient.
If you are interested in increasing the size and shape of your breasts, and don’t like the idea of a plastic breast implant, the natural breast augmentation may be the right choice for you. If you would like further information about this procedure, please contact our office for a complementary consultation.