Breast Fat Transplant
Recent advancement in aesthetic surgery had led to development of new methods in augmenting the breast. Breast enhancement using the FAT from the patient is now becoming the latest and safer trend.
Fats are harvested from a donor site of the patient undergoing breast augmentation using "Syringe Liposuction". Usual areas are the tummy and flanks (although other areas can be harvested). The harvested fats are processed to remove impurities then injected using a small incision along the breast crease or underarms. Up to 150cc volume of fats can be transferred safely.
Fat transfer for breast enlargement has the advantage of being "rejection free" since it comes from the patient (autologous). The only drawback is the possibility of shrinkage through time. It can be repeated though to attain more volume and better result.
Breast Augmentation with FAT transfer
Way back in the late 1980`s, fat grafting or fat transfer for breast augmentation was not acceptable.
Initial outcomes showed it can cause irregular but benign mammogram results. This was mainly because breast imaging technology that time was still not advanced.
In the early days of this procedure, the survival rate of fat cells was also low following fat transfer making after-surgery results very unpredictable.
At present, breast mammogram technology has progressed and improved. The problem of difficult imaging has become less of a concern. Newer harvesting methods also resulted to better survival of transplanted fat cells.
Fat transfer for breast enlargement today is a good option for select patients who do not wish to have breast implants. It can be performed on an out-patient basis because it is lesser invasive procedure compared to breast implant augmentation.
Breast fat transfer is done by doing liposuction on an area where there are unwanted bulges or fat deposits. Usual site is tummy, flanks, or buttocks. After harvest, the fat cells undergo simple purification and are directly injected into breast via tiny incisions along the lower breast creases.
Recovery for this surgery is fast, although patients undergoing this procedure have 2 areas in the body that are healing. The breast and the area where fat cells were harvested. However there is a bonus of having contoured harvest site plus of course the enhanced breasts.
Brazilian Butt Lifting (BBL)
Brazilian butt lifting (BBL) is a cosmetic plastic surgical procedure to augment/enhance or increase the size of the buttocks using the patient's own fat (autologous) instead of the conventional silicone implants.
Fats are harvested from another body site (typically from the tummy and flanks) using low pressure syringe liposuction to preserve the viability of the fats.
BBL has better outcome than butt implant surgery because it also involves removal of the fats in the flanks and lower back (waist) with lipo-contouring. In our centre, we contour the areas using a specialize liposuction device called "Power-Assisted Liposuction or PAL (MicroAire)". PAL gives you less bleeding during the procedure, better contouring outcome and shorter downtime (faster recovery). BBL makes the body more curvaceous because of the combined smaller waist and bigger buttocks. That is why BBL is also called "3D Buttocks Lift".
Advantages of BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT (BBL):
1. Less invasive procedure via smaller incisions.
2. Shorter recovery period or short downtime.
3. No implant or foreign body reaction because of the use of your own natural fats.
4. Cheaper by 25-40%
5. Better results.
1. What is needed to qualify to undergo BBL?
Must have fat on the tummy or thighs for harvesting.
2. How long is the procedure (Brazilian butt lifting)?
Usually 3-4 hours for BBL. Includes harvesting of fat and liposuction for waist for shaping.
3. How small are the incisions?
As small as 0.5cm
4. How long is the down time?
Recovery is fast for Brazilian butt lifting. Usually 2-3 days. You are not allowed to sit on your butt for just 1-2 weeks after surgery compared to 4-8 weeks with implants.
5. Can I add more fat to my butt?
Yes after 6-12 months. In this case, we might harvest from another site like the thighs.
6. What is the usual volume the butt can increase in size?
Between 100-400cc per butt.
7. What is a typical after-surgery instruction for BBL?
No diet, eat well to nourish the fats after surgery for the first 1-2 months.
8. Can I lie on my back or sit on my butt after the procedure?
Unlike implant butt augmentation where patients' are restricted from sitting on their butt or lying on their back for 4-8 weeks, in BBL you have a shorter restriction of only 1 week.
9. Is it true that there will be shrinkage of the transferred fat after BBL?
Shrinkage of the butt weeks after surgery could be secondary to the resolution of post-operative swelling. Although many literatures report that fat shrinkage (of the transferred fat) could go as high as 40-60%, our experience is way below this figure. We attribute our high percentage fat survival to our superior intra-operative handling of fat and better after-surgery care/nstructions.