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Philadelphia AirSculpt® Fat Transfers

How to Tell If You're Too Thin For a Fat Transfer 

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Without a doubt, breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed year after year. Breast augmentation is traditionally performed using synthetic breast implants, which requires a fully invasive procedure. Most women, however, prefer a more natural alternative to breast implants. Fat transfer breast enhancements avoid saline or silicone breast implants by using the patient's own fat to improve breast shape and size. 

How Does A Natural Breast Augmentation Work?

Most people have at least a basic knowledge of breast augmentation with implants, including the choice between saline and silicone implants, different implant sizes, and other aspects of the procedure. However, you may not be as familiar with fat grafting. 

During a breast fat transfer, a specialized tool harvests fat from other areas of the patient's body. The viable fat cells are then isolated and treated with a special antibiotic. At this time, the tiny AirSculpt entry points are closed and prepared for the next step of the procedure. 

With extreme precision and skill, the surgeon injects thin layers of fat into specific areas of the breasts or buttocks to increase volume, creating a new smooth, even, and natural-looking breast shape.

Where Does the Fat used for Breast Augmentation Come From?

In most cases, the fat used in breast fat grafting comes from the patient's:

  1. Abdomen
  2. Hips
  3. Buttocks
  4. Thighs

When choosing the best location for fat removal, it is essential to consider how that area typically responds to weight gain or loss. If a patient usually loses weight in the abdomen first, it may be best to use fat cells outside that area to avoid altering the resulting proportions. 

To better preserve breast augmentation results with fat grafting, the surgeon may choose to take fat cells from areas that are usually "stubborn" when it comes to weight loss.

How Much Fat is Needed for Fat Grafting?

The amount of fat needed for a fat graft breast augmentation depends on the patient's current breast size, desired result, and other factors. 

Patients considering breast fat grafting should be aware that the amount of fat that can be removed and transferred in a single procedure is limited, which means that women who want to increase breast volume significantly may be better candidates for breast implants. With AirSculpt, we specialize in helping women go up roughly one cup in size.

What If There Isn't Enough Fat to be Used?

Surgeons have extensive experience with the complex nature of breast fat grafting and, in most cases, can use a variety of special techniques to obtain the correct amount of fat from one or more areas of the patient's body. Even if someone feels they are too skinny, with the AirSculpt technique, we can almost always option enough fat for a successful treatment.

In the rare case of a woman not having enough excess fat for a fat graft breast augmentation, breast implants may be a more appropriate option. 

Some women wonder if gaining weight before fat grafting might make them a better candidate for this procedure and improve the results. The opposite is often true. If a patient gains weight before and then loses weight after surgery, the newly transplanted fat cells may shrink to their original size and worsen the cosmetic result.

AirSculpt Provides Philadelphia Residents With Optimal Results

The advanced AirSculpt technology can effectively transfer fat without scalpels, stitches, needles, or general anesthesia to provide outstanding results. Our procedure provides patients with all-natural results and permanent fat removal with just 24 to 48 hours of downtime.

If you don't want to depend on invasive treatments like breast implants, call our Philadelphia office to get you started with your complimentary consultation. 


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