Your breasts are a big part of your femininity. Unfortunately, small or deflated breasts are a common (and distressing) occurrence due to heredity, pregnancy, aging and weight loss. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a great option for NYC women who are looking for a natural alternative to implants that will create natural-looking, feminine breasts.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer uses your own fat cells to increase your breast size. During the first part of the procedure, liposuction is used to carefully harvest fat cells from your donor site (generally your tummy, thighs or buttocks). This fat is processed to remove non-fat fluids and then gently injected into your breasts. This procedure has a dual benefit – it naturally increases the size of your breasts and also contours your “problem areas” that may not respond to diet or exercise.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer is an ideal option for many of Dr. Nina Naidu’s patients. She works with professional, independent women who want slightly fuller, more natural breasts – without the risks and recovery time associated with implants. She also see patients who want to use fat transfer to correct breast asymmetry that is due to genetics, injury or illness.
For many of Dr. Naidu’s patients, the decision to have Breast Augmentation is about more than their breasts. The choice to have breast augmentation with fat transfer signifies that they are ready to focus on themselves. They are making a decision to feel more feminine and confident. Dr. Naidu’s goal is to help every woman look and feel her very best.
The first part of the breast augmentation process is a comprehensive consultation in our NYC office. Dr. Naidu will get to know you and your goals for your breast augmentation. For many women, breast augmentation with fat transfer is a way to augment their breasts without the trade-offs associated with implants.
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation with fat transfer are healthy, close to their ideal weight, and do not have a family history of breast cancer. They should also have realistic expectations for the surgery and have an appropriate donor site. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is ideal for women who are seeking a relatively small increase in breast size (1/2 – 1 cup).
During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr. Naidu about your medical history and your use of medications, nicotine and/or alcohol. If you plan to be pregnant or breastfeeding in the future, Dr. Naidu will explain the impact that motherhood will have on your breasts so that you can make an informed decision about augmentation.
Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination. She will examine your tummy, thighs and lower back to see if there is enough fat to harvest for the augmentation. She will also look at your skin and the soft tissue of your breasts. Dr. Naidu will measure your breasts to determine if breast augmentation with fat transfer will provide the results that you desire.
At the end of the consultation, Dr. Naidu let you know if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation with fat transfer. She will educate you about the process and answer your questions. Dr. Naidu wants you to make an informed decision about breast augmentation with fat transfer and she will not pressure you to schedule the procedure.
If you decide to proceed with breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery, you will have a second consultation with Dr. Naidu in our NYC office. At this appointment, Dr. Naidu will discuss how the surgery will change the size, shape and volume of your breasts. Unlike implants, the fat transfer process can have variable results. Fat is a living organism and not all of the transferred fat cells will survive. On average, breasts retain about 60 percent of the transferred fat.
Dr. Naidu will also explain her plan for your surgery. She will let you know the length of your surgery, the location of the liposuction, and what to expect during your recovery.
At this appointment, you will complete the necessary paperwork for the surgery. We will also take pre-operative photographs. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning and are considered part of your medical record. They will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.
Depending on your medical history, Dr. Naidu may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for eight weeks before or after the surgery. If you are over the age of 35, you will need to have a screening mammogram prior to your breast augmentation surgery. For your safety, Dr. Naidu may also order additional screening tests.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer creates a fuller, natural breast using the body’s own fat cells. There is virtually no scarring and little trauma to the breast tissue. This procedure has a quicker recovery than with implants. Because it uses your body’s own fat cells, there is no risk of leakage or capsular contracture. Breasts also look and feel very natural.
An additional benefit of breast augmentation with fat transfer is that it sculpts the donor areas of the body. Liposuction will permanently reduce fat cells in the tummy, buttocks or thighs.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer requires patients to have enough fat at their donor site for a transfer. This may not be the case with very slim or muscular women.
You may also experience swelling, bruising and soreness at the donor site. You will also have to wear compression garments at the donor site to preserve the sculpting.
The main disadvantage of breast augmentation with fat transfer is its unpredictability. The donor fat cells are living and unfortunately only about 60 percent of the injected cells will survive. (The cells that don’t survive will be naturally absorbed by your body.) The success of the transfer depends on the density of your breasts and the degree of blood supply. Most patients will require a second fat grafting procedure one year following their initial procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Naidu will explain her surgical plan. You will know the location of the fat harvest, as well as the anticipated shape and volume of your augmented breasts.
The first part of the surgery involves removing fat from your donor site. Dr. Naidu does this gently, using small incisions, with a surgical instrument called a cannula. In addition to harvesting fat for your transfer, Dr. Naidu will sculpt that area of your body.
The harvested fat is cleaned to remove fluids and impurities. The fat is then carefully injected into your breasts. This requires an expert in breast anatomy, who understands precisely how to achieve the aesthetic results you’re looking for.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer is performed using general anesthesia. The procedure takes between 1 ½ – 2 hours.. You will wake up wearing very light dressings on your breasts. You will also have a compression garment around the area where liposuction was performed. After being carefully monitored following the surgery, you will be allowed to go home the same day.
Tight bras and undergarments should not be worn on the breasts during the first six weeks following surgery. You must wear compression garments on your donor sites for the time specified by Dr. Naidu. You must avoid sleeping on your stomach for six weeks following surgery. Patients generally return to work within several days. The final results of the surgery are evident after three-six months.
Many of Dr. Naidu’s patients are strong, independent women who are reluctant to ask for help. These patients need to understand that breast augmentation with fat transfer is real surgery and post-surgical assistance will be required. We strongly recommend that you create a plan to take care of yourself and your family, so that you can focus on your recovery.
During your consultation, Dr. Naidu will explain the risks of breast augmentation so that you can make an informed decision about this surgery. As with other surgeries, the risks of breast augmentation with fat transfer include bleeding, infection and scarring. In some cases, small cysts may form at the sites of injection, necessitating biopsy. Risks of liposuction include swelling, bruising or soreness at the donor site.
Complications from breast augmentation and liposuction can be reduced by choosing a skilled surgeon, providing a thorough medical history, and carefully following your pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
We understand that cost is very important to our clients. Please call our NYC office at 212-452-1230 and we will be happy to provide information about the cost of breast augmentation with fat transfer, as well as information on financing. You will be provided with the exact cost of your procedure following your consultation with Dr. Naidu. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost of a cosmetic breast augmentation.
Dr. Naidu is an experienced plastic surgeon who wants every patient to look and feel her very best. Dr. Naidu specializes in surgeries that contour the female body and restore femininity.
Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast comprise a large part of Dr. Naidu’s NYC surgical practice. She has a special interest in breast augmentation and in reconstruction of the tuberous breast. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials. She offers her patients the full range of breast implants. She is excited to be one of only five plastic surgeons in NYC to offer the Ideal Implant®, which combines a natural feel of silicone with the safety of saline.
Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Our office is conveniently located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation with fat transfer – and whether it is right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.