Fat grafting to the breast has seen significant rise in popularity since 2008. Therefore, fat grafting as an adjunct to breast augmentation – also known as composite breast augmentation, is a natural evolution in aesthetic breast surgery over the past 3 years. Now women with thin soft tissue who desires large breast implants, are perfect candidate for composite breast augmentation. In the composite breast augmentation surgery, the implants are placed in the either submuscular, subfascial or subglandular plane, and the fat is grafted throughout the upper and lower poles of the breasts to provide additional soft tissue coverage to the implant. A precise examination is performed on each patient by Dr. Goldberg. Dr. Goldberg will note symmetry of the breasts and chest, breast tissue density, and the thickness of the breast tissue.
*Individual Results May Vary
Patient presents 5 years post bilateral breast reduction surgery. Patient desires an improvement in size and shape of breasts, but does not want breast implants.
Surgery: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with fat transfer obtained through liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and thighs. A total of 280cc was transferred to the right breast, and 300cc transferred to the left breast.Photo Gallery
The patients selected for composite breast augmentation are thin with body mass index under 20. The fat is often harvested from the hip and flank region in these thin patients. The fat is harvested using 3mm diameter cannulas. The average amount of fat harvested from the thigh is 320 cc (ranges from 150 cc to 2000cc). For the implant devices, Dr. Goldberg often uses textured cohesive gel implants. The implants are placed through a small 4cm incision in the breast crease. The fat is then layered in the subcutaneous tissue plane using a small blunted cannula, also known as lipofilling. On average, about 50 to 100 cc of fat is used in each breast to cover the implant in the superomedial transitional zones also known as the cleavage area of the breasts. The smaller amount of fat is placed in the lower pole of the breasts. Implants and fat, working together, provide the best attributes each as to offer: the core volume projection of implants and the natural look and feel of fat.