Using fat harvested from liposuction has been attempted for years with mixed results. The procedure was previously limited by how much fat cells were damaged during the liposuction process. At best, 40-50% of the fat that was transferred using the older techniques survived (source). This resulted in mixed results and unhappy patients.
However, fat harvested from Waterlipo® is very different. Because the fat is dislodged rather than crushed (as it is in traditional liposuction), the fat cells are much better able to survive the transfer process. A recent study from Germany doing fat transfer for breast augmentation showed that approximately 80 percent of the transferred fat survived after 6 months using CT scans for documentation purposes. This is significantly better fat survival than any other fat transfer technique to date compared to other published studies.
Fat transfer of the breast is particularly exciting. For years, surgeons have tried unsuccessfully to provide women with an alternative to breast implants using their own fat. However, results were typically not good. Waterlipo® on the other hand, can aid in breast augmentation. Because the fat is not damaged during the Waterlipo® process, approximately 80 percent of the fat that is transferred survives long term (read the study) *.
Fat transfer to the breast may result in an improvement of about 1 cup size so it is not for those who are desiring radical breast enlargement. However, because the fat cells become part of the woman’s tissue, additional improvement in size may be seen in the breasts with minor weight gain. It is not uncommon for women to ultimately achieve 2 cup size augmentation over time *.
Breast Fat Transfer with Waterlipo® is very safe. The female breast is composed of discreet layers of skin, subcutaneous fat, and glandular tissue (the actual breast tissue). Fat is placed in the subcutaneous fat tissue which is immediately under the skin. Fat is NOT placed in the actual glandular breast tissue itself and, therefore, does not affect its appearance in future mammograms.
* results may vary – (disclaimer)