Where Is the Fat for Breast Augmentation with Stem Cells Taken From?

A patient wants to know about stem cell breast augmentation:

I have questions regarding a breast augmentation with stem cells: Where or rather out of which body parts do you take the autologous fat?

The fat required mostly comes from hips, buttocks, thighs, and sometimes also from the belly. In these regions the needed amount of fat is even available in very slim women. By using extra-thin microcannulas the risk of formation of dimples after a liposuction is reduced to a minimum.

In breast augmentation with autologous fat or stem cells the obtained fat is injected into the breast either untreated or in stem cell-enriched form. Due to the additional volume an augmentation by one cup size can be achieved on average. Results may vary from patient to patient. Please note that in medicine generally no guarantee for a certain treatment result can be given.

In case of very tight breast tissue pre-stretching could be necessary to make room for the fat. This can happen either with a mechanic suction bra (for example, BRAVA system) or through the injection of saline solution, which makes the tissue swell for a short time and thereby stretches the skin. This pretreatment has to be done a few weeks before the actual breast augmentation as required.

Both breast augmentation with autologous fat and with stem cells (Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer, CAL) are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Thus the patient is presentable and fit for work within the next 1 to 2 days.

DDr. Heinrich, MD

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