Lipofilling

Breast augmentation by lipofilling

Breast augmentation by lipofilling improves the silhouette by getting rid of the surplus fat in the abdomen and thighs and by increasing the breast volume. Thus, two interventions in one.

 
 

[Nota bene: the photographs presented above are only for information purposes. They are the results of a previous intervention. They do not predict in any case a future result.]

FREQUENT QUESTIONS (BREAST LIPOFILLING)

Please, remember that only a consultation with a plastic surgeon can give you personalized information.

WHAT IS THE AIM OF FAT INJECTION IN THE BREASTS?

The objective of fat injection in the breasts (or breast lipofilling) is to increase in a definitive manner the breast volume. It is an interesting alternative to breast implants. Your own fat is harvested from the thighs or the abdomen and during the same operation is injected in your breast area to improve the breast volume. This fat is autologous (i.e., coming from your own body) and therefore cannot be rejected by your organism (non-immunogenic). Thus, this intervention has two effects: it slims down the silhouette by liposuction of the body excess fat and increases the breast volume.

TO WHOM CAN THIS INTERVENTION BE PROPOSED?

To all women who would like to increase their breast volume and have some surplus fat in the body.

HOW TO OBTAIN A GOOD RESULT?

A specific preparation of the skin is required (application on the breast skin of a product for a few days before surgery to improve the definitive result). One to two interventions may be needed in function of the desired final breast volume.

WHAT CONSULTATIONS AND EXAMS ARE NEEDED BEFORE THIS INTERVENTION?

You must see your surgeon twice before the operation. A pre-surgery mammography is required. A blood test will be performed to assess your blood coagulation.

WHAT KIND OF ANAESTHESIA WILL BE USED FOR THIS INTERVENTION?

Usually, general anaesthesia.

HOW LONG DOES A BREAST LIPOFILLING INTERVENTION TAKE?

About 1.5 hours.

WILL I HAVE SCARS?

A very thin hollow tube (2-3 mm in diameter), which will be used to inject the fat, is introduced under the skin through small hidden incisions that do not need stiches. Ultimately, scars are almost not existent.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO STAY AT THE CLINIC?

From few hours to overnight.

WILL I HAVE TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK?

From one to ten days. However, you recovery time depends on the treated areas and the natural healing capacity of your body.

IS THE INTERVENTION PAINFUL?

After the intervention, breasts are not painful. Pain in thighs and abdomen is usually controlled with painkillers.

WHEN CAN I TAKE A SHOWER AFTER THE OPERATION?

A shower is recommended from the morning after the intervention.

WHAT ARE THE USUAL IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF THIS SURGERY?

Breasts and the areas where fat was harvested (abdomen, thighs, knees …) are swollen and blueish for about one month. The final result is visible three to four months after the intervention.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR SPECIAL CLOTHES AFTER A BREAST AUGMENTATION BY LIPOFILLING?

Yes, special compression garments must be worn for ten days after the intervention to promote healing of the areas where fat was harvested; they can be taken off for showering. Breasts are left free, without bra or bandages, for ten days.

MUST I STOP DOING SPORT?

Stopping all physical activities is recommended for three weeks.

DO I HAVE TO MASSAGE THE TREATED AREAS OR PUT CREAMS AFTER THE INTERVENTION?

A simple hydrating cream is recommended in the days after the intervention for the breasts and the fat-donor areas. For the fat-donor areas, manual lymphatic drainage is recommended starting from the 7th day after the intervention and then cellu M6 (= « endermology » = « LPG ») may be useful.

Lipofilling, lipostructure, fat injection

The injection of autologous fat (harvested from the patient) is a natural procedure that allows restoring the lost volumes, on the face (such as cheeks or chin) or the body (breast, bottom…).

This procedure can be performed on its own or in association with another technique. For instance, fat injection in the face during a face lift improves the final result and gives back a youthful appearance. In the breast, fat injection is often associated with the insertion of implants with the aim of avoiding imperfections, particularly in slim women (this technique is called «combined»).

 
 

[Nota bene: the photographs presented above are only for information purposes. They are the results of a previous intervention. They do not predict in any case a future result.]

WHY IS THE INJECTION OF FAT (“LIPOFILLING”) IMPORTANT?

We know that skin damaged by the sun is regenerated after fat injection, with an increase of its collagen and elastin.

For this reason, lipofilling is a very interesting procedure for our patients. It is performed during almost all face lifts to restore the volumes lost with age and to improve the skin texture.

These are the main benefits. As the injected fat cells belong to the patient (“autologous” fat), there is no rejection or reaction towards a foreign body; the body recognizes and accepts its own cells. There are very few complications. The injected fat cells produce molecules that rejuvenate the skin and facilitate the healing process (stem cells called “Adipose-Derived Stem Cells”).