If you have desires for changes to the shape of your reconstructed breast, you’re not alone. It’s a common procedure with many potential benefits. What you might not know is that there are modern techniques that improve results while reducing risks. One of those techniques is known as fat grafting, and The Breast Center of Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery wants you to understand the science of this process.
What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting is a technique that allows a doctor to shape breasts during reconstructive surgeries. The process harvests fat from other areas of your own body (usually from your hips, flanks, midsection and even your legs). That fat is then processed and used to fill in your breasts in the reconstruction surgery.
Grafting fat from your own body like this makes for one of the smoothest and most natural looks. Also, because you’re using your own body and not implants, health risks and complications, such as rejecting the implants, are minimized.
How does it work?
The process of fat grafting begins with a consultation. Your doctor needs to examine your body to see where they can viably take fat for the grafting. Naturally, you will be clued in throughout the process so that you can ask questions and provide input.
Coming to the decision of a fat graft procedure is a team effort between you and your doctor. Once the decision is made, the process works in three steps. First, the fat is extracted from the agreed-upon locations on your body. Your doctor will do this in a way that cosmetically benefits the targeted areas.
The extracted fat is then put through a processing mechanism that gets it to the quality needed for the last step. Your doctor will then use the processed fat to shape your breasts, bit by bit, until reaching a desired conclusion.
Typically, the entire process takes place in a single procedure, and it usually lasts around one hour for the whole thing.
Schedule a consultation today
If you’re interested in fat grafting or any comparable procedures, it all starts with a consultation. You can contact The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery clinic by calling 303-706-1100. You can also contact us online. Either way, our providers will be happy to work with you.