Fat can be harvested from a variety of areas of the body for breast fat transfer, including:
- The abdomen
- The flanks
- The hips
- The thighs
- The buttocks
- The arms
- The back
The specific area that is chosen for fat harvesting will depend on the patient’s individual body composition and the desired results of the procedure. For example, if a patient wants to increase the size of their breasts by a small amount, the surgeon may choose to harvest fat from the abdomen or flanks. If a patient wants to achieve a more dramatic increase in breast size, the surgeon may choose to harvest fat from the thighs or buttocks.
It is important to note that not all patients are good candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation. Patients who are overweight or obese may not have enough excess fat to harvest for the procedure. Additionally, patients with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may not be able to undergo the procedure.
If you are considering breast fat transfer, it is important to talk to a plastic surgeon to discuss your individual needs and goals. The surgeon will be able to assess your body composition and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will also be able to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you.
For breast fat transfer, the fat is harvested from areas of the body where there is excess fat that can be safely and effectively removed through liposuction. The common areas used as donor sites for fat harvesting include:
- Abdomen: The abdomen is a common donor site for breast fat transfer. The lower abdomen, in particular, tends to accumulate excess fat, which can be used for augmentation.
- Thighs: The thighs, including the outer and inner thighs, are frequently used as donor sites. Liposuction can remove fat from these areas to be used for breast fat transfer.
- Hips and Flanks: The hips and flanks (love handles) are other potential donor sites for fat harvesting. These areas often have ample fat that can be utilized for breast augmentation.
- Back and Bra Rolls: The upper and lower back, as well as bra rolls, can be suitable for fat extraction.
- Arms: In some cases, fat can also be harvested from the arms if there is enough excess fat available.
It’s important to note that not all patients have sufficient fat in these areas to achieve the desired breast augmentation. The amount of fat required for the transfer depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the augmentation level desired.
During the consultation for breast fat transfer, the plastic surgeon will assess your body composition and discuss the potential donor sites for fat harvesting. They will determine whether you have enough donor fat to proceed with the procedure and whether fat transfer is a suitable option for achieving your breast enhancement goals. If you have limited fat availability, other breast augmentation options like breast implants may be considered.