For many reasons, women may want to augment their breast without using an implant.  In the past several years, fat transfer has become a very popular and reliable method of increasing breast size, shape, and symmetry.

This procedure uses liposuction to remove fat from areas where is not not wanted such as the abdomen, flanks, or thighs.  This fat is specially processed, purified, washed with antibiotics to remove impurities, and then carefully reinjecting into the breasts.  The newly placed fat will then incorporate itself into the breast where it reestablishes its blood supply and becomes permanent.  

Fat grafting requires both skill and experience with the technique.  Published graft retention rates ranges from 50 - 90% fat graft survival.  This largely depends on the surgeons skill and experience.  Dr. Burns is an experienced fat transfer surgeon.  As part of the procedure, Dr. Burns uses a specially designed fat graft system   This system captures the fat and never allows the fat to be exposed to the air which increases survival.  The fat can also can be quickly placed into the breast limiting the amount of time it is outside of your body.  Studies support that quickly transplanting the fat will increase graft survival.  

Fat Transfer After Breast Implant Removal/Explant

*All patients are unique and results may vary

In addition to primary augmentation, fat transfer is an excellent option for women wanting to replace missing volume after breast implant removal/explantation.

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Procedures: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

 *All Patients Are Unique and Results May Vary

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Procedures:  Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation 

 *All Patients Are Unique and Results May Vary

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Procedures: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

 *All Patients Are Unique and Results May Vary



Length: 2 - 3 hours

Anesthesia: General (occasionally local with sedation for smaller procedures)

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, changes in nipple sensation, fat graft hardening or loss, incomplete improvement

Recovery: Back to work: 1 week. More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

Final Appearance: 1-2 months for swelling to completely resolve

Duration of Results: Variable depending on skin elasticity

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Breast Cancer Screening Before Breast Surgery

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