How to Assess Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
When browsing fat transfer breast augmentation before and after photos, it’s important to know what to look for. This is for two main reasons.
First, looking at breast augmentation with fat transfer before and after images is a great way to find out if this surgery is really for you. Patients often come into the office wondering whether they should get a breast augmentation fat transfer, a breast augmentation with implants, or a breast lift. Sometimes, taking a look at these photos can help you discern if the changes you see are dramatic enough for your liking and if the results are something you yourself would be happy with.
Second, knowing how to properly assess breast augmentation fat transfer before and after photos can help you find the right plastic surgeon for your surgery. By examining different surgeons’ results, you can learn more about their artistic eye, their technique, and the scope of their past work.
So, without further ado, let’s discuss six key things to look for as you browse before and after fat transfer breast augmentation photos and consider this procedure for yourself.
6 Things to Look for in Breast Fat Transfer Before & After Photos
#1 – Symmetry
First, check to ensure that the patients in the before and after photo sets have even breasts. Autologous fat transfer relies on the survival of transferred fat. If a significant amount of fat cells die off (only to become harmlessly reabsorbed by the body), this can create imbalances in the size and shape of the breasts.
Of course, patients can always choose to undergo a revision breast reconstruction if needed. And the death of transferred fat cells is not always the surgeon’s fault (patients may end up compromising their results on their own during recovery). But any results do speak, on some level, to the skill and exercise of the surgeon. So, do look for good symmetry when selecting a surgeon.
#2 – The amount of increase in breast size
Are you satisfied with the amount of added volume that patients are achieving with this surgery? Assess their before and after images to see if you would be happy with similar size increases.
If you find yourself thinking that you would prefer your breasts to appear even larger after breast augmentation surgery, you may want to consider breast implants as opposed to fat grafting. There are benefits and drawbacks to both breast implants and breast augmentation with fat grafting.
#3 – Lighting in the photos
Make sure that all before and after photos of fat transfer breast augmentations are taken with the same lighting. This is an important element of taking good before and after breast surgery pictures.
With similar lighting in both the before and after sets, patients are able to discern similarities and differences more easily. It’s also easier to see details and specifications in general when good lighting was used during the photo shoot.
#4 – Patient positions and camera angles
Like lighting, you also want to see consistency with patient positions and camera angles. Really, the goal is to have all factors be as equal and similar as possible so that you can spend your time looking at the actual results.
When there are too many variables in the before and after photos, you may either be unable to see the differences or unable to see whether the differences are photo related or surgery related.
#5 – Appearance of scars
Fortunately, fat transfer breast augmentation scars should be small and hardly noticeable. That’s because scars after breast augmentation with fat transfer typically do not appear from fat reinjection (only from the liposuction part of the surgery), and liposuction scars are notoriously small.
Still, while scars should be minimal after this procedure, certain surgeons are better at achieving superior results than others. So, if you do notice a fat grafting to breast patient who has quite noticeable scars in their before and after photos, this could be a red flag.
#6 – Your overall impression of the results
Lastly, take a moment to assess the overall results of each fat grafting procedure. For each before and after photo set, do you like the results? Do you think the liposuction shaped the rest of the patient’s body well? Are the breasts even, perky, and well-shaped and proportioned?
Autologous fat grafting is an excellent way to augment the size of the breasts while using the patient’s own fat. But this procedure can be performed poorly if the surgeon has little experience, expertise, or training.
FAQ: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Is breast augmentation with fat grafting dangerous?
All plastic surgery comes with certain risks, and breast augmentation with fat transfer is no different. Major risks for this procedure include the risk of excess bleeding, persistent swelling, fat necrosis (the death of fat cells), infection, blood clots, seromas, hematomas, and more. Your surgeon will review all fat transfer breast augmentation risks with you at your consultation appointment and before your date of surgery.
How much is a breast fat transfer?
Generally speaking, a breast augmentation with fat grafting will cost less than breast implant surgery.
This is partly because the former is less invasive (incisions are smaller because no breast implants need to be inserted), but also because breast implants themselves can cost a significant amount. So, if it’s only your fat cells that are adding to your breast tissue volume, you may actually save some money.
With that said, removing fat cells also requires liposuction, which is an entirely different type of surgery in itself which means that often the fat transfer breast augmentation cost is more. To know more about what you can expect to pay for this surgery, we recommend booking a consultation.
Book a Consultation With Dr. Ramanadham
Ideal candidates for a breast fat transfer procedure are those who are at or near a stable weight, with enough excess fat and a desire to increase their breast size.
While many patients who have previously undergone breast cancer surgery undergo this breast procedure to reconstruct their breasts, you must also be in good health (with no ongoing medical treatments or conditions) to be a good candidate.
Find out more about changing your breast shape and increasing your breast size while losing body fat with fat transfer breast augmentation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham would be happy to meet with you. Call today to schedule your consultation.