Dr Rastogi has been performing beautiful breast augmentation surgeries in Sydney for nearly twenty years, so it may come as a surprise that augmentation via implants is not the only breast enhancement procedure that he is highly experienced in.
Naturally enlarging a woman's breasts using her own body fat is commonly known as autologous fat grafting or fat transfer to the breast.
Breast augmentation fat transfer is an excellent alternative to breast implants and can be used to enhance both the size and shape of the breasts. In fact, the procedure has a double benefit – thinner thighs and bigger breasts all in one procedure.
Fat transfer to the breast is ideal for women interested in gaining a little extra cleavage whilst simultaneously reshaping other areas of their bodies.
During a natural breast augmentation procedure, Dr Rastogi will gently remove unwanted fat from a problem area such as the thighs or stomach using liposculpture, which only requires a small 4mm incision.
The excess fat cells are then filtered out and loaded into syringes, which will be used to insert the fat into the breasts. To ensure maximum cell survival, Dr Rastogi uses a technique that's both gentle and precise, ensuring you can achieve larger, shapelier breasts without the need for implants.
As with most other cosmetic procedures, breast fat transfer has a multi-faceted cost structure. The cost components to your fat transfer breast augmentation include surgeon's fees, anaesthetist's fees, and hospital fees.
Firstly, Dr Rastogi will charge a fee to perform your fat transfer to breast procedure. Surgeon's fees tend to differ from surgeon to surgeon, depending on their qualifications, experience, and professional recognition. As a vastly experienced fat transfer surgeon, you can expect Dr Rastogi's fees to reflect this.
You will also need to pay a fee to your anaesthetist, who watches over your life and administers your medications throughout the procedure. We will give you an estimation of your anaesthetist's fees before surgery.
Since you are taking up theatre space to have your fat transfer breast augmentation performed, you will also have to pay fees to the hospital. So long as you do not require an overnight stay, this will only include the time spent in the operating room and the time required to recover from anaesthesia.
Keep in mind that the cost of your fat transfer can also change depending on the amount of liposculpture desired. If a patient is seeking to remove larger amounts or more areas of fat removal (other than as is required for a fat transfer to breast procedure), then extra surgery time will ensue, which will increase your surgical costs.
Those enquiring are best advised to contact Dr Rastogi's rooms for fat transfer pricing and provide clinic staff with their current height and weight measurements. The overall price quoted by our friendly team will include one's initial consultation, the day-stay in hospital, anaesthetist and theatre fees, plus post-operative follow-up appointments.
Breast fat transfer offers a much shorter recovery time than traditional breast augmentation, although you will still need to take some time to rest and heal. Immediately after surgery, Dr Rastogi will apply dressings to both your breasts and liposuction sites, and you will be provided with compression garments to support healing. You will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness at the treated areas, which can be managed with oral medication. We advise that our fat transfer patients book in for lymphatic drainage massages twice weekly for the month following their procedure, which helps the body heal faster and has the added bonus of relaxation.
Most fat transfer to breast patients can resume basic tasks and activities in as little as two days and usually return to work within a week after surgery. The exception to this is work that is physically demanding, as patients will need to avoid all strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery.
It is important to keep in mind that your breasts will be at their fullest immediately after the procedure. Depending on how much fat survives the transfer, your breast size will go down in the initial weeks and months after surgery. At six months after surgery, your breasts should be at their final shape and size, at which point we can evaluate your results to determine whether a second fat transfer is required.
Fat transfer breast augmentation involves removing unwanted fat deposits from various areas of the body via liposuction before injecting them back into the breasts to augment their size.
Once you have been anaesthetised, Dr Rastogi will make small incisions in your chosen liposuction site to insert a thin cannula. This cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge and suction out the unwanted fat. At our practice, Dr Rastogi uses tumescent liposuction techniques to minimise bruising.
The removed fat is then treated and filtered to separate the cells from the fluid. Once purified, the remaining stem-cell enriched fat is injected into desired areas of the breasts in fine layers to ensure a beautiful breast size and shape.
Suitable candidates for breast fat transfer are women who:
Learn more about whether you are a suitable candidate for breast fat transfer by booking a consultation with Dr Rastogi.
The most recent research on Fat Transfers suggests that the fat will last as long as the patient doesn't undergo any major hormonal changes and a stable weight is maintained. To ensure your fat transfer breast augmentation results last for years to come, we recommend making healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercising more regularly and eating a balanced diet.
There is no increased risk of developing breast cancer; studies from large patient groups worldwide confirm this.
There is no risk of issues such as capsular contracture, displacement, rotation, or rupture when there is no implant involved, so this is another benefit of fat transfer to breast.
For a comprehensive understanding of the risks of any cosmetic procedure, a patient is advised to consult with their doctor, during which they will be informed of all complications and risks directly.
Breast fat grafting offers a number of advantages over traditional breast augmentation, including:
Dr Rastogi performs many breast augmentations with implants alone. The new generation of breast implants have improved over the years and are much softer than traditional implants, and they are also available in many shapes and sizes. Polyurethane coated implants are still the best option for very slender people who simply do not have adequate fat stores. People wanting a very large cup size with one operation or those requiring a significant degree of breast lift may also be more suitable for implants. Dr Rastogi can also combine an autologous fat transfer with a breast augmentation using implants if the patient may benefit from it. The two procedures don't need to be done as separate surgeries.
Although some very thin patients may not have enough fat for a Breast Augmentation via Fat Transfer alone, they may have just enough to be injected into regions where the implant is visible. This can often occur in the cleavage area or upper part of the implant if there has been weight loss after surgery.
The advantage of seeing Dr Rastogi is that he is highly experienced in both procedures and is recognised as one of Australia's leading Breast Augmentation surgeons and Liposculpture surgeons.
With any surgery, patients are advised to book a comprehensive initial consultation with Dr Rastogi, who will determine the patient's candidacy for each procedure based on the desired look and expected surgical outcome. No technique is suitable for every single patient, and both implants and fat grafting have their limitations. Dr Rastogi can actually perform both an augmentation with implants and a fat transfer procedure during the same surgery.
Dr Rastogi doesn't specify wearing a brava (for the chest area) following a fat transfer to breast procedure, as bravas can be uncomfortable and feel strange for the patient. However, following most liposculpture procedures, a compression garment should be worn for around a week to ten days, targeting the areas where the fat was removed.
Although scarring is an inevitable part of any cosmetic procedure, fat transfer breast augmentation produces very small, barely visible scars. The cannulas used to harvest and inject the fat are very small, meaning that you can expect the scars at both your breasts and incision sites to be less than one centimetre long. These scars will fade within six to 12 months following surgery, leaving behind no evidence that you ever had surgery in the first place.
During your fat transfer to breast consultation, Dr Rastogi will give you a comprehensive list of instructions to help prepare for surgery. To optimise results and reduce complications, Dr Rastogi will ask you to quit smoking and may recommend adjusting certain medications. He will also provide instructions on what to do the day before your procedure, concerning fasting, showering and what to bring with you to the hospital. To ensure your safety and comfort during the procedure, it is vital that you follow his instructions carefully.
Your consultation with Dr Rastogi provides you with an opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and learn more about your desired procedure. If you are nervous about revealing your insecurities to a stranger, don't. Dr Rastogi is known for his warm nature and strong patient communication.
During your consultation, Dr Rastogi will examine your breasts and potential liposuction sites to determine whether a fat transfer to breast is the right augmentation procedure for you. He will take pre-operative photographs for medical records before discussing the procedure steps, recovery period and associated risks. Dr Rastogi will take the time to answer any questions you may have so that you can leave your consultation with the knowledge required to make an informed choice to proceed with surgery.
Fat transfer to breast has the added benefit of improving your body contours through the removal of excess fat. The right donor site will depend on where you have enough excess fat available to harness, although common liposuction sites include the hips, thighs, and abdomen. Dr Rastogi will be able to determine the best liposuction donor site during your consultation.
So long as you are over 18 years old, you are never too old or too young to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Women of all ages wish to look beautiful and feel confident in the clothes they wear. However, as fat transfer to breast is an elective procedure, it should only be performed on women with good health and low risk. While many young women opt to have this procedure, Dr Rastogi also regularly performs fat grafting on women in their 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond. No matter your age, if you are interested in natural breast augmentation, get in touch to organise a consultation with Dr Rastogi.
While Dr Rastogi is an experienced surgeon who always takes every step to minimise complications, every cosmetic procedure is associated with a level of risk. In particular, some of the potential complications to be aware of include: