Objective: To improve shape and symmetry and slightly increase breast size (half a cup to one cup).
Procedure duration: 1 to 2.5 hours
Pain level: 3/10
Recovery time: 7 to 14 days
Resumption of physical activities: 4 to 6 weeks
Breast lipofilling, also known as fat grafting, involves removing fat from one or more areas of the body through liposuction, processing this tissue into liquid form, and then injecting it into the breasts.
A major part (60% to 70%) of the injected fat survives and helps improve the shape, symmetry and size of the breasts. However, the skin envelope, which cannot be stretched by the fat injection, will limit the size increase contrary to breast augmentation with implants. As such, if your goal is to increase breast size, then breast augmentation with implants may be more appropriate.
To properly prepare for the consultation, compile all your relevant medical and health information (list of medications, doctors’ reports, history of previous surgeries, mammogram reports, breast biopsies, etc.). Dr. Boudana will also ask about your medical history and your family history of breast cancer.
What happens in the consultation?
During the consultation, Dr. Boudana will listen carefully to your expectations regarding desired breast size and shape. We advise bringing in photographs from magazines or social media sites such as Realself, Facebook, and Instagram of the breast sizes and shapes you like. But beware that some of these photographs may have been digitally altered and may create unrealistic expectations.These images will help Dr. Boudana better understand your expectations and goals. As such, a large part of the consultation is dedicated to listening to you.
However, not all goals are realistic, and it is important to understand what surgery can and cannot accomplish.
Dr. Boudana will examine your breasts and assess all the factors that can influence the aesthetic result. These include the size and shape of your natural breasts, skin and gland quality, and the position and size of your nipples and areolas.
If your breasts sag (breast ptosis), Dr. Boudana may suggest a mastopexy (breast lift) as well. These two procedures are performed at the same time.
Dr. Boudana will then photograph your breasts from different angles and place these photographs in your medical record. These photographs will be kept strictly confidential.
He will then take a 3D scan of your breasts and create simulations to choose the most appropriate solution to achieve your desired result. A virtual reality simulation is also offered.
Where is the surgery performed?
Dr. Boudana only operates on patients in private state-of-the-art operating rooms accredited by Accreditation Canada. This accreditation is a guarantee that the facilities meet stringent safety and quality standards.
Once you are under general anaesthesia, the skin of the breasts and the areas to be lipo-sucked (usually the stomach, waist or thighs) are carefully disinfected.
Then, the Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) is performed using the SAFELipo® technique. The aspirated fat is preserved and reinjected back into the breasts. This is done through two to three small 1- to 2-millimetre incisions, usually located along the crease under the breast.
After the surgery
A light-compression bra and adhesive strips can help stabilize the fat in the breasts while the injected fat cells settle.
Immediately following surgery, the swelling may make breasts appear larger.
Final results and breast size may only be fully determined three months after surgery, once the swelling has gone down and fat has settled.
After the surgery, you will receive a personalized follow-up. Our nurses will also be available and will perform the first dressing change at our clinic, typically one week after surgery.
You will be given a postoperative instruction sheet when you are discharged as well as a prescription for pain medication.
All our follow-up appointments are free of charge for the first year after your surgery.
Get a consultation
The consultation can take place in person at the clinic or remotely by videoconference.