Breast augmentation has been a popular concept for many years, and while there are a few different ways to make it happen, using the patient’s own fat cells is really growing in popularity. With this method, the surgeon transfers fat from other parts of the body into the breasts to make them bigger.
One issue that crops up with standard fat transfer for breast augmentation is the limited amount of fat transfer that can actually take place. The ‘Pre-Expansion’ technique enables surgeons to greatly increase the volume of fat cells transferred to the breasts, for more impressive results.
Why Fat Transfer Is Popular
The concept of fat transfer in general is popular for a couple reasons. For one, with “autologous” fat transfer treatments you get to have liposuction performed on areas like the thighs or hips as part of the procedure. Also, the transfer of a substance from your own body seems more natural to many patients when compared with manmade implants.
Issues with a Conventional Approach
However, as mentioned above using a fat transfer to enlarge the breasts is limited because there is only so much space inside the breasts, so only so much fat may be used. If the surgeon tried to transfer larger volumes of fat, there would be excessive pressure within the breasts and blood flow may be restricted, which could end up killing the new cells.
The “Pre-Expansion” Concept
With the “Pre-Expansion” concept, the work begins a few weeks before the actual surgery with a special tool invented by a surgeon named Dr. Khouri. This device is known as Brava® and it resembles a bra that the patient wears in the weeks leading up to the transfer.
The Brava® provides a gentle vacuum action to the breasts, creating extra room for extra fat transfer. When this device has been used with patients for breast augmentation, the volume of fat cells the surgeons have been able to transfer has tripled in some cases.
The Patient’s Cooperation
Of course, for breast “Pre-Expansion” to work and for the highest amount of fat transfer to be possible, the patient’s cooperation is essential. The Brava® device is not painful, but it can be a little cumbersome and inconvenient, so leaving it on as long as suggested is sometimes a challenge.
But without the required pre-expansion, the surgeon won’t perform the surgery, so keeping up with the schedule is important. When the Brava® device is used properly, some women have experienced tremendous gains, even doubling their original breast size in some instances. And it is often performed as an outpatient procedure with no incision. If you’ve been contemplating breast augmentation but aren’t sure which way to go, ask about the “Pre-Expansion” technique and see what you think.