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Fat Grafting for Breast and Butt Augmentation

Research and Technology Innovations have led to significant advancements since the first breast augmentation in 1962. Various methods of augmentation and lifts are now available for various areas of the body including the breasts and buttock.  

What is Fat Grafting? 

Fat grafting is when a person’s own fat is used to fill irregulates in a part of the body. The fat is collected from another part of the body and transferred there. 

The word grafting is defined by MedicineNet as healthy skin, bone, kidney, liver that is taken from one place of the body to replace tissue removed from another part of the body. 

Additional names for fat grafting are fat injections and lipofilling. 

When is Fat Grafting used?

What is the process of fat grafting?

The fat is taken from one part of the body and then processed by centrifuging. Next, it is filtered and rinsed. The fat now becomes liquid fatty tissue and is injected into the desired body part. The injected fat is protected by the surrounding healthy tissue.

Fat grafting can be performed in areas of the face such as cheeks or lips.  It can also be performed on the breasts or buttocks.

Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is an option for women who are looking to have a small increase in breast size. Therefore in some situations, it acts as an alternative to breast implants however it is not as reliable and may take more than one fat grafting session to obtain desired results.  . 

What are tissue expanders?

Tissue expanders are sometimes part of the breast augmentation process but used mostly in reconstructive surgery procedures where there is a deficiency of breast skin tissue.  This can be used weeks before breast augmentation surgery.  Tissue expanders expand surrounding normal skin to provide  extra skin. 

Silicone balloon expanders are inserted under the skin by the area of focus, and then the balloon is slowly filled with saline or carbon dioxide over time.  This causes the skin to stretch and grow.  Learn more about tissue expanders on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

Breast augmentation is a popular plastic surgery procedure that women undergo to enlarge and or refine the appearance of their breasts. It has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries around the world for years. Years ago women would not admit that they underwent breast augmentation. Today, breast augmentation is commonly talked about and socially accepted.  Women are proud to admit they underwent breast augmentation and share their experience. There are different types of breast augmentation as well as different types of implants. The two categories of implants are saline and silicone.  Various types of implants have been created including saline breast implants, structures breast implants, silicone breast implants, Gummy bear breast implants, Round breast implants, smooth breast implants, textured breast implants.   The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website is a great resource that discusses recovery time and additional recommendations regarding breast augmentation.

Dr. Applebaum, of Applebaum MD in Beverly Hills, California offers a variety of breast-enhancing treatments.

Butt Augmentation

Butt Augmentation is also called Gluteal Augmentation or buttock augmentation. This plastic surgery procedure improves the contour, shape, and size of the buttocks.  If you add the lift, a buttock lift improves the tone of the underlying gluteal tissue.

 Gluteal implants: This procedure uses silicone implants.  These implants are surgically placed within the tissue of the buttock. 

What Are the Benefits?

The ISAPS website describes some reasons why people undergo lipo-filling. Some reasons include sunken cheeks, the disappearance of fat from cheekbones, deep grooves, and lip enhancement.

Breast Augmentation Benefits:

  • Enhance appearance
  • Adjust asymmetric breasts
  • Restore sagging or smaller breasts after childbirth
  • Boost self-confidence

Buttock Lift Benefits:

  • Increases fullness, roundness, and projection of your butt or buttocks
  • Improves the balance of your figure
  • Boost self-confidence

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian butt lift is a popular procedure that you have likely heard about.  We know that Brazilian’s are beautiful people and there are many procedures named after the country.  There is the Brazilian wax, Brazilian blowout, and now Brazilian Butt Lift.  You maybe wonder, where did the Brazilian Butt lift come from? How long has it been around? And more so, what exactly is it?

An article on BBC News informs us of the history of the Brazilian Butt-Lift. Brazilian plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy was the creator of the Brazilian Butt-lift. Dr. Ptanguy is one of the most famous plastic surgeons in Brazil.  He first published techniques related to buttock fat grafting in 1964, and by the 1980s the Brazilian Butt Lift started being used by various plastic surgeons. The Brazilian Butt Lift became well known in America in 2000.  It the past 10 years, the Brazilian Butt Lift has become increasingly popular. The BBC article stated that according to the International Society of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery, buttock augmentation increased 30% from 2014 to 2015.

The Brazilian Butt-lift is fat-grafting applied to the buttock. The fat creates more fullness to the buttock. Healthline describes the involved steps:

  1. Anesthesia: The Brazilian Butt-lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. However, if some situations only local anesthesia is necessary.
  2. Liposuction: Liposuction removes fat from other areas of your body where you have unwanted fat, for example, hips, stomach, and thighs.
  3. The removed fat is purified and liquified and injected back into your buttock.
  4. Incisions: typically 3-5 incisions are used for fat transfer.
  5. Sutures: the incisions are closed with suture.

What are the benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift?

  • More natural look compared to other buttock cosmetic surgeries
  • Decreased risk of infection compared to implants.
  • Fixes age-associated sagging and shapelessness

It is also important to remember, as with all surgeries, there are risks.  The risks include (but not limited to) infection, scarring, pain, lumps under the skin, loss of skin, and blood clot that can also travel to the lung or affect the heart.-

Applebaum MD

With any plastic surgery, one of the most critical step is choosing the right plastic surgeon. Dr. Applebaum has 25+ years of experience and is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon because that ensures your surgeon has had extended education and training in his or her field.  Also, note that there is a difference between the types of certification.  This can be confusing and differences between the two are commonly misunderstood.  A Healthline article shared that, “In a survey of 5,135 people, 87 percent believed that surgeons had to have special credentials and training to perform cosmetic procedures or to advertise themselves as aesthetic, cosmetic or plastics.  More than half were unsure what the requirements were to be, “board certified.”  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons abbreviated ASPS is one of the major societies that certifies plastic surgeons.  In contrast, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) certifies surgeons exclusively in cosmetic surgery.  Any surgeon or doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, without board certification.

Keep in mind that everyone’s body is unique, therefore what works on one person, may have a different result on another person. Take a look at some before and after photos of breast augmentation performed by Dr. Robert Applebaum to help you decide. Talk to an experienced plastic surgeon, who can recommend the best augmentation procedures for you. Detailed conversations regarding recovery time and associated surgical risk factors will also be discussed. Dr. Applebaum and his staff will ensure that you are fully aware of what the procedure entails and maintain safety as a first priority.  Complimentary consultations are available even virtually. Contact Applebaum MD today and be ready to show off your new, younger-looking body by the summer.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Applebaum

Dr. Robert Applebaum is a world renowned and highly respected Plastic Surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In his nearly 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Applebaum has become known as an innovator in the field of laser technology techniques for plastic surgery procedures. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers about the use of laser technology and educates physicians worldwide on the applications of laser technology for plastic surgery. Dr. Applebaum primarily practices out of his private outpatient surgery center, Four Thirty Six Aesthetic Surgery Center, which is located in Beverly Hills.







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