Stem Cell Enhanced Natural Breast Augmentation FAQ
Anyone who wants to achieve a natural looking, permanent increase in breast size should consider RejuveFill™, stem cell enhanced natural breast augmentation. This procedure is ideal for women with moderate sized breasts who may have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or age. Younger women who only want a moderate enlargement, but who wish to avoid the use of breast implants, are also ideal candidates for this procedure. Natural breast augmentation is not fit for extremely slim women who want to achieve fairly large breast sizes, and it is ideal for patients who want to increase their breast sizes by more than 2 cups, in which case breast implants would be more suitable.
Natural breast augmentation is generally performed as an outpatient treatment. First, unwanted body fat is first removed from areas such as the abdomen, thighs and buttocks using gentile Body-jet liposuction. Then, stem cells are harvested from one portion of the fat and added to the rest of the extracted body fat before being injected into the breast. The supercharged, concentrated fat graft creates the result with a natural looking, permanent breast augmentation.
No, the entire procedure which includes liposuction and the actual breast augmentation are performed under local anesthesia and twilight sleep (intravenous sedation).
Natural breast augmentation, which includes fat and stem cell harvesting in addition to the procedure preparation time beforehand, takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. After finishing the procedure, the patient should be able to return home.
Patients can usually increase their breast size by 1 cup sizes after undergoing natural breast augmentation, as well as enhance the fullness of their breasts. The puncture sites created for the fat injection portion of the procedure will eventually heal without leaving scars. About 90 percent of the new breast volume is typically retained after the procedure, and patients do not need to return for additional follow-up treatments.
The stem cells are extracted with a special stem cell processing system from the patient's body fat taken out during the liposuction portion of the procedure. The concentrated stem cells are then mixed with another batch of fat before being injected into the breast.
Yes, most of the fat injected into the breast will be retained. With the addition of stem cells, the survival rate of the injected fat is about 90 percent. In comparison, breast implants usually need to be replaced every 10 years and can often cause problems like ruptures and scarring.
Newer digital mammograms should not have any problems examining breasts that have undergone a natural augmentation procedure. In comparison, breast implants can block much of the breast from the view of mammograms. In terms of tumors, experienced radiologists are now capable of distinguishing tumors from the harmless calcifications that may develop with stem cell breast augmentation in x-ray images. It is important that you tell all doctors treating you that you underwent the augmentation procedure.
No, patients should be able to leave the office immediately after the natural breast augmentation procedure. The patient is fully mobile after the procedure since general anesthesia was not used during the procedure.
In many cases, patients who want to remove their implants and go with the natural augmentation procedure can do so. Alternately, silicone implants can be left in place, and a more natural looking supplemental augmentation or rounding can be achieved using stem cell assisted fat transfer.
Natural breast augmentation with stem cells is generally best suited for restoring volume in the breast, not firmness. However, breasts augmented with stem cell enriched fat will usually appear fuller and firmer due to the additional volume and rejuvenating effect of the stem cells. If the breast firmness is our main concern, you may consider Vaser assisted RejuveBreast™ a scarless breast lift offered by Dr. Shu.