Natural breast augmentation is a way to enhance the curves of the breasts without implants and extensive surgery. This procedure actually uses the patient’s own fat cells, taken from another area of the body, to create size and fullness in the breasts. This method of breast enhancement offers natural, long-lasting results, does not involve general anesthesia and typically leaves no visible scarring behind.
What Is Natural Breast Augmentation?
Natural breast augmentation begins with the removal of excess fat from one area of the body, such as the abdomen, hips or thighs. Once the fat is removed and processed, it can be injected into the breasts in strategic locations to increase size and volume. Unlike breast augmentation using implants, there is a lower risk of complications after the procedure such as infection, capsular contracture or breast distortion.
The results of natural breast augmentation are generally softer and more subtle, although patients are typically very satisfied with the size increase they are able to achieve. Downtime is also generally less than with traditional breast augmentation procedures. The staff at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Centers will discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals with you at your initial consultation to determine whether natural breast augmentation might provide you with the results you are looking for.
Benefits of Natural Breast Augmentation
There are a number of reasons why patients are choosing natural breast augmentation for their body contouring needs:
- Removal of stubborn fat to create a more sculpted body profile
- Addition of size and fullness to breasts without residual scarring
- No general anesthesia required for any part of the procedure
- Risks are lower than with traditional augmentation using implants
- Minimally-invasive procedure with short recovery time
The entire fat transfer process is performed in multiple steps, but all the steps are completed in a single outpatient procedure at the our Dermacare Carlsbad office. Patients are usually back to their regular activities within one week or less.
Step One: Fat Removal
The first step in natural breast augmentation is the removal of fat for harvesting. This is performed by Dr. Birchall using an innovative technique known as laser-assisted liposuction. This procedure uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells before removing them from the body, resulting in less trauma to surrounding tissue. For patients, this means less discomfort after the procedure and a faster recovery process overall.
Laser-assisted liposuction can be used on any of the following areas:
- Abdomen and flanks
- Hips and buttocks
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper and lower back
Laser-assisted liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia. Tiny incisions are made in the treatment area to allow for insertion of a small tube called a cannula. The cannula delivers the laser energy into the fat deposit, liquefying the fat cells in the area, before suctioning the cells out of the body.
This liposuction technique can also be used on smaller areas like the upper arms, neck and chin to produce smoothly sculpted results. However, there must be sufficient fat to remove and harvest for the breast augmentation process, which means larger areas are generally addressed for this purpose. Dr. Birchall and his staff will examine the treatment area prior to the procedure to determine whether you have sufficient fat cells to produce the breast augmentation results you are looking for.
Step Two: Fat Harvesting
Once the fat is removed, it must be prepared for the transfer process. This involves placing the cells into a centrifuge, where they are automatically purified for injection. After the fat is properly harvested, the augmentation process can begin. The purification process takes just a few minutes to complete immediately following the liposuction procedure. Once it is prepared, the injections can also be performed right away.
Step Three: Fat Injection
The fat is injected into the breast tissue in strategic locations to ensure a balanced and natural result. This part of the procedure is relatively comfortable and does not require any incisions, so no scarring is left behind. There is also no need for anesthesia, which reduces the risks associated with the natural breast augmentation process.
Results can be seen right away. However, Dr. Birchall will place more fat cells into the breasts than you actually want, because a percentage of the injected fat will be reabsorbed by the body in the weeks following treatment. Because of this, your breasts will appear larger than you had planned immediately following your procedure. That appearance will subside within a matter of weeks as your breasts settle into their new size.
The results of natural breast augmentation are long-lasting; in fact, most patients find their results last permanently. In addition, the sculpting that was done through the liposuction process will also be permanent as long as a healthy weight is maintained after the procedure. If you would like to learn more about this procedure or find out if natural breast augmentation is the right choice for you, contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics at 760-547-7866 or 858-257- 1355.