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Unlike an old fashioned breast lift or augmentation, breast fat grafting uses fat taken by liposuction from other areas of your body to augment the breast. This fat is removed using gentle liposuction, and is then processed to remove excess fluids and retain only the quality fat particles that can be transplanted into the breast. For breast fat grafting at Los Angeles’ Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, we use the Revolve system, which is the latest generation of a fat collection and processing system designed for fat transplanting.
The doctors then use specialized cannulas to inject the fat into the breasts via a few small micro-incisions that are virtually invisible once healed. Both of these procedures are performed in the same day, taking approximately three to four hours total. In some cases, the BRAVA® Protocol is used by patients prior to breast fat grafting. BRAVA® is a soft, gel-like bra that externally expands breast tissue. Consisting of two semi-rigid domes with silicone- gel rims, a SmartBox, and a sports bra that helps keep the device in place. BRAVA® is worn for a few weeks, 10 to 12 hours a day, to help expand the breast tissue and create a recipient lattice for the fat graft prior to the grafting procedure.
Recovery time after breast fat grafting can vary depending on how many areas are used for fat donor sites. Like typical liposuction, these areas may be swollen, bruised, and uncomfortable for several days. Your breasts will experience some swelling and bruising, but little pain. Most patients return to work in a few days (for small cases) or in about two weeks (if more extensive liposuction is performed). You may begin your regular exercise routine in 10 to 14 days or as soon as your body has healed from the liposuction. Bruising and swelling can last up to three weeks, but all swelling should be gone in four to six months.