Lift and Fill Naturally with Fat Transfer Breast Rejuvenation
According to surveys conducted each year by industry professionals, breast augmentation is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. There are many options available to women choosing breast augmentation in the Akron, Ohio, area—including Dover, New Philadelphia, Canton, and more—which is why Dr. David Hartman works to set himself apart by offering the safe, effective, minimally invasive choice of fat transfer.
Unlike implant-based breast augmentation, which adds volume via the insertion of a silicone shell filled with liquid or gel, fat transfer breast augmentation makes use of cells harvested from a patient’s own body. This is a gentler, less invasive technique that yields natural-looking results that last.
What Does Breast Augmentation Include?
Since breast augmentation at Fine Arts Skin & Laser involves the transfer of fat cells, it is not a single procedure, but rather a combination of two different body surgeries.
First, Dr. Hartman harvests fat cells from donor areas where the fat is less than desirable: typically the tummy “muffin top” area, inner- or outer-thigh areas, outer hip “love handles” area, upper back “bra-fat” area, or even “double chin” area.
When collecting fat for transfer, Dr. Hartman exclusively uses what is known as tumescent, high-definition liposculpting that involves injecting a sterile anesthetizing solution into the areas from where fat is to be sculpted. Dr. Hartman then makes tiny incisions, through which he will insert a specialized instrument called a suction cannula. The combination tube and wand are used to free fat cells from the surrounding tissue, then suction them out into a wash and filter receptacle. Much care must be taken to preserve the cells’ integrity, as they are the material that provides the volume for breast augmentation.
Next, Dr. Hartman refines the fat cells in a process that washes and filters the fat cells to concentrate the healthy fat cells.
From here, the fat cells are carefully introduced into the breasts, placing the multilayered “threading” injections so that the added volume appears natural and the breasts remain proportionate with each other and the rest of the body. Our patients are very comfortably awake for this procedure and participate in exactly “where” the fat is placed and “how much” is placed to give the ultimate in customized, natural breast rejuvenation.
Because this is a patient’s own living cells, risks, and complications associated with implant-based breast augmentation—such as capsular contracture and rupture— are avoided. Viable cells will settle into their new location with no need for the patient to worry about allergies or rejection.
While the advanced SmartLipo® Triplex® is an excellent procedure for fat reduction as a standalone procedure, SmartLipo® is not an option for transfer as it employs a laser to break apart fat cells for easy removal, but breast augmentation requires intact fat cells that survive the removal process.
What Can Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Do?
Adding volume into the breasts via living fat transfer naturally makes them larger, and also improves their shape, so it is imperative that women seeking breast augmentation choose a plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with the necessary techniques, as well as an eye for aesthetic details that will maintain a natural, proportional look in the breasts. Dr. Hartman is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon who frequently performs fat reduction and enhancement procedures, giving him particular insight into the process.
Dr. Hartman calls his breast augmentation procedures “breast rejuvenation,” because they do more than merely provide a boost in size. Transferring healthy, living fat cells to make the breasts rounder and fuller also provides a lifting effect, making the breasts appear perkier in addition to larger.
That said, patients looking to correct more significant sagging should consider a minimal-incision surgical breast lift, also available at Fine Arts Skin & Laser. This focused procedure specifically addresses the excess skin and tissue that can cause breasts to point downward and can be done in addition to the fat transfer.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
The specifics of breast augmentation at Fine Arts Skin & Laser make it a procedure suitable especially for women who are looking for a modest lift and increase of up to one cup size, who do not want artificial implants or do not have sufficient breast tissue to create a pocket for an implant, or who simply want to enjoy a minimally invasive, very successful, and natural augmentation with long-lasting results that will not require a revision due to capsular contraction or implant rupture years later.
Recovering After Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation patients will notice some swelling, bruising, and soreness in the areas where fat was harvested, as well as in their breasts where the fat is transferred back. However, most patients begin to resume light activity the following day after this procedure. Most of our clients return to work/daily routine by the 2nd or 3rd day. Consider avoidance of strenuous exercise or strenuous work until 2 or 3 weeks have passed.
Breast Augmentation Cost
The exact cost will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Hartman. Patients who choose to combine their living-fat breast augmentation with other procedures such as face- or buttock-fat transfer, lipo-abdominoplasty tummy tuck, minimal-scar breast lift, eyelid rejuvenation, brow lift, or facelift would qualify for a reduction in the price of each individual component.