A plastic surgery procedure in which the patient’s own fat is transplanted to the breasts—used along with treatment to expand the breast tissue before surgery—can achieve up to a twofold increase in breast size, according to a study in the June 2011 issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The procedure builds on previous fat transfer techniques to provide excellent outcomes of breast enhancement surgery.
"Pre-expansion to the breast allows for mega-volume (over 300 cc) grafting with reproducible, long lasting results that can be achieved in less than two hours," according to Daniel Del Vecchio, MD, and Louis Bucky, MD, authors of the new report.
The technique is an adaptation of the increasingly popular autologous fat transplantation technique. In these procedures, fat obtained by liposuction from one part of the body—for example, the thighs—is transferred for use in breast enlargement and reshaping.
In the procedure used by Del Vecchio and Bucky, the patient first undergoes several weeks of "pre-expansion" treatment. This is done with a bra-like device that uses gentle negative pressure to gradually expand the breast. The pre-expansion procedure provides extra room in the breast, which is "backfilled" using the liposuctioned fat.