(also known as breast augmentation by lipofilling) is a plastic surgical procedure, which enlarges and reconstructs the breasts by using the patient’s own fat as a permanent filler. Although similar to breast augmentation surgery
by implants, the procedure of lipofilling does not add any foreign elements to the patient’s body; and therefore promises risk-free natural results.
In this blog article, you will read more about breast lipofilling and its postoperative effects.
What is a breast lipofilling surgery?
Breast lipofilling is a widely requested and performed surgical technique; as it augments breasts very naturally and discreetly. The procedure consists of using a liposuction
technique to aspirate excess fat. The latter is harvested from natural fat deposits of the body like the abdomen, the buttocks, the hips, etc. Harvested fat is thereafter injected into the breasts to give them more volume and shape.
The main advantage of breast augmentation by lipofilling is that the fat is harvested from the patient’s body; therefore no risks of rejection or complication is present.
What are the results of breast lipofilling?
Breast augmentation by lipofilling gives volume to the breasts, with the advantage of looking and feeling natural.
The results of the surgery are generally permanent and quite stable. However, if the patient loses weight dramatically, this could have an effect on the shape of the breasts.
It is all-important to note that after the surgery, part of the injected fat will be reabsorbed by the body (a loss of volume between 15% to 20%).
Scarring after a breast lipofilling surgery:
One of the strong advantages of breast lipofilling is that it leaves no visible scars after the surgery; only traces of very thin incisions performed to suction fat or re-inject it into the breasts.
Thanks to this procedure, the patient achieves two results at once; naturally bigger breasts, while at the same time slimming another part of their body.
What are the side effects of breast lipofilling?
During the recovery period, the patient may experience pain or discomfort. This will be alleviated in a few days with the help of antalgics prescribed by the doctor.
The patient will also notice the presence of bruising and swelling around the operated area. These will also dissipate in a few weeks.
It is mandatory to wear a contention garment after the surgery in order to maintain the breasts in place and optimize surgical results.
When to resume work and sports after breast lipofilling?
Generally speaking, it is recommended to to take 7 days before resuming work. However, if the professional activity requires carrying heavy objects, then the patient has to wait for a period of 3 weeks to resume work.
Sports can be resumed gradually and upon the surgeon’s approval.
Resuming sports or any kind of physical activity has to be progressive. It is recommended to avoid any intense activities during the few weeks that follow the surgery.
Breast lipofilling or implant placement?
When a patient considers undergoing breast augmentation surgery, she is usually confronted by the ultimate question of which surgical technique is better: breast lipofilling or implant placement?
It is important to note that each technique has its advantages and characteristics, and that the choice of it depends on the patient’s desired outcome. Indeed, if the patient wishes to dramatically enhance the size of her breasts, a breast augmentation surgery by implants will be the ideal surgical solution.