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About Breast Fat Grafting

If you're considering breast augmentation, you may have heard about breast fat grafting. This procedure involves taking fat from one area of your body and transferring it to your breasts to increase their volume and improve their appearance. The fat is typically harvested from areas such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs and then purified before being injected into the breasts.

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Procedure

Breast fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one area of the body and transferring it to the breasts to increase their size and improve their shape. Breast fat grafting is performed under local or general anesthesia and typically takes two to three hours to complete. You can expect the following steps during your procedure:

  • Harvesting fat from one area of your body using liposuction
  • Purifying the fat to remove any impurities
  • Injecting the fat into your breasts to create the desired shape and size

What Does Recovery Look Like?

After breast augmentation with fat grafting in Tampa, patients can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling in the treated areas. Pain medication and compression garments can help manage these symptoms. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks and follow Dr. Buchanan’s post-operative instructions.

The recovery period for breast fat grafting varies depending on the extent of your procedure and healing process. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week or two, but the final results may take several weeks or even months to develop fully.

You will want to avoid sleeping on your stomach or side for the first few weeks after the procedure to prevent putting pressure on the breasts. Dr. Buchanan may provide you with a compression garment to wear for a few weeks to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

How Much Does Breast Fat Grafting Cost?

The cost of breast augmentation with fat grafting in Tampa can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the case. Several factors can influence the cost of the procedure, such as the surgeon's experience and reputation, the techniques used, and the case's complexity. For instance, highly experienced or reputable surgeons may charge more, and the case's complexity can affect the procedure's cost. Additionally, the location of the surgeon's practice can also impact the cost of the procedure, as larger cities often have higher operational costs. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, health insurance does not cover the cost. The total cost may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees

The following expenses may not be included in the initial cost:

  • Blood tests
  • Pre-operative testing
  • Medical clearance exams
  • Prescription medications

If you have financial limitations but are interested in breast fat grafting, you can discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or any VIVIFY staff members. They offer financing plans to help patients achieve their surgical goals.

How Long Will My Results Last?

After breast fat grafting, you will notice an immediate increase in breast size and fullness. The results will vary depending on the amount of fat transferred and your body's ability to retain the transferred fat cells, but they are generally long-lasting. The transferred fat cells will eventually integrate into your breast tissue, resulting in a natural-looking and feeling breast. Some of the transferred fat cells may not survive, which can result in a slight reduction in breast size over time. After your breast fat grafting procedure, it's important to maintain a stable weight and avoid significant weight fluctuations, which could affect the appearance of your breasts and the retention of the transferred fat cells.

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Why Choose VIVIFY?

At VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa, we are a boutique practice in Tampa led by a team of board-certified aesthetic experts with over 40 years of combined medical experience and 5,000 procedures performed. We prioritize ethical practices and honesty; our primary focus is on delivering safe and reliable procedures with evidence-based support. We do not rush treatments or procedures and strive to produce the best results for our patients consistently. Our highly skilled clinicians approach patient care with compassion, so you can trust that you will be treated like family from the moment you walk through the door.

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