Fat transfer to enlarge breast is a viable alternative to breast implant. This technique requires a concomitant liposuction to collect fats from multiple donor sites; the fats are then washed and sorted before they are injected into the breasts.
Prominent Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley has recently demonstrated the technique on Snapchat. The surgery involved a female patient with a sufficient volume of “unwanted” fat that made her a good candidate for fat transfer to enlarge breast.
After collecting sufficient donor fats, Dr. Smiley purified them, meaning the anesthetic solution, oil, red blood cells, and other tissues were removed so only the healthiest fat cells were injected into the breasts.
Afterwards, Dr. Smiley created a small round incision (on each breast) precisely positioned at the submammary fold where he could insert a blunt cannula (hollowed tube) that injected the purified fat into multiple layers of the tissue. Due to the incision placement and its insignificant size, the scar would fade into the background.
Aside from the “invisible scar,” another notable benefit of fat transfer is the “greater control” over the breast width, cleavage fullness, and overall contour.” However it comes with a caveat: The breast can only be increased by 1-2 cup sizes.
“With fat transfer, we can focus on the area that requires additional volume, allowing us to create more cleavage and upper breast pole fullness. Meanwhile, implants are limited by the width of their base,” says Dr. Smiley in the Snapchat video.
During surgery, Dr. Smiley was able to create more symmetric cleavage and contour between the left and right breast. Prior to fat transfer, the patient’s right breast was visibly smaller; the lopsidedness was further aggravated by its cleavage that appeared “flatter” compared to the other side.
Furthermore, he says that fat transfer “eliminates potential risks associated with breast implants such as shifting, capsular contracture or hardening of the breast tissue, and palpability” because it uses the patient’s own fat cells.
“This is not to say that breast implants are bad. In fact, they remain a good option, although patients should realize that fat transfer to enlarge breast is another exciting option,” he says.