Fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, is an alternative breast augmentation procedure for patients who may not be suited to breast implants, or who desire a more natural-looking breast enhancement. The procedure involves removing fat via liposuction from other areas of the body such as the thighs, stomach, and hips. With over 300 procedures performed at one of the world’s leading breast units, plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk has extensive experience as a high-volume fat grafting surgeon.
What can be achieved with breast fat grafting?
Breast fat grafting augmentation can achieve the following:
- Create an enhancement up to one or two cup sizes with natural-looking results.
- Produce minimal scarring in comparison to a traditional breast implant procedure.
- Remove unwanted fat from other areas on the body, improving the body’s contours.
- Less downtime in recovery.
- Less complications compared to traditional implants, which can be at risk of ruptures or capsular contracture.
How is breast fat grafting performed?
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and is usually a day procedure. Once the anaesthesia is in effect, fat is removed via liposuction from the chosen areas of the body as discussed with Dr Fraser-Kirk during consultation. This process involves injecting a fluid to loosen the body fat and making a small incision to insert a cannula that will begin vacuuming the fat. Once removed, the fat will go through a state-of-the-art purification process to separate any fluids from the fat cells. This purified fat is then injected into the breasts and repeated until the desired breast size and shape has been sculpted. The procedure should take around one hour to complete.
What can I expect following my surgery?
Some light bleeding through your dressings is normal and should only last a couple of days.
If a breast becomes swollen, tense or painful please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk.
When you come home from surgery you will have a compression garment in place with some absorbent combine pads in place.
There may be two drains, one from each breast. The drains will remain in place until less than 20ml is collected in a 24hr period.
All dressings are to remain in place and dry until your post-operative appointment.
You should rest. Sleep supported by pillows for 7 days post-operatively. you will leave the hospital with white compression stockings on your legs; these will stay on for 3 days to help maintain circulation and prevent blood clots.
No driving for 7 to 10 days. 6 weeks of rest with no heavy lifting is required.
Light walking can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery. No strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.
Pain relief will be prescribed to you to assist with the discomfort. If you run out of these, Panadol and Ibuprofen should be sufficient. It is common to experience some bloating and constipation following your surgery – if required, use coloxyl and Senna.
Aspirin should be avoided.
Once your surgical dressings have been removed, taping of the scars is recommended.
Micropore tape can be used to tape the wound for up to three months post-operatively.
Taping the wound prevents stretching of the scar and promotes scar maturity. Micropore can be purchased from most pharmacies and will need to be changed once weekly. You can get this wet, pat dry after showering.
Please notify Dr Fraser-Kirk if your scar appears lumpy, red or raised. A more suitable dressing may be required.
If you experience pain, widespread redness or offensive discharge from your surgical site please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk. These symptoms can indicate infection and may require antibiotics.
How much will Breast Fat Grafting cost in Sunshine Coast?
Due to the highly personal nature of a breast fat grafting procedure, costs can vary for each patient based upon their needs. At a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, the patient’s health, wellbeing, and ultimate goals for the surgery will be discussed to establish a personalised surgical plan. Once this plan is established, Dr Fraser-Kirk will provide a detailed cost estimate. This cost will vary depending upon the length and complexity of the procedure, along with other factors such as, surgeon costs, hospital fees, anaesthetist fees, and post-operative care costs.
For any questions regarding procedure costs, please contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
Every procedure a patient decides to undergo has potential risks and complications associated with it. The following are risks and complications associated with breast fat grafting:
- Anaesthesia complications
- Poor scarring
- Fat necrosis
- Delayed healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Fluid build-up
- Excessive bleeding
- Changes in breast, nipple, and skin sensation
Notify us if you experience any of the following
- Heavy bleeding from the incision site that is difficult to control
- If you have severe or increasing pain not relieved by Panadol
- Temperature above 38 degrees celsius or chills
- Redness around the incision site that is spreading
- Pus or discharge that is foul smelling
- DO NOT SMOKE. Smoking delays healing, increases risk of infection and complications can result.
It is important that patients follow their post-operative care plan, as instructed by Dr Fraser-Kirk, to help prevent these risks or complications arising and to reduce scarring where possible. Because we believe in providing unprecedented access to your surgeon, Dr Fraser-Kirk will be available for any issues that may occur after surgery.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk
We offer a patient-focused approach at our clinic where we endeavour to understand and assess the individual needs of each patient. During a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, he will discuss your health and wellbeing, your reasons for wanting surgery, and what you hope to achieve with a breast fat grafting procedure. This enables Dr Fraser-Kirk to provide a tailored surgical solution that will empower you with the best lifestyle you envision for yourself.