Sarah Mess MD Gallery Logo


Delayed Fat Transfer After Explant

Friday June 15, 2018 | Fat Transfer

Breast augmentation patients can remove their breast implants and replace them with fat transfer for excellent, aesthetic breast augmentation results without breast implants. My preference is to explant and immediately fat graft in the same procedure, but this is not always possible. Delayed fat transfer patients can still achieve excellent fat transfer to breast results, but some will need multiple transfers to achieve the best results. Each fat graft procedure will soften the past surgical scars and slowly lift tissue adhesions that may have developed after the initial breast implant removal.  Even patients replacing large implants can achieve excellent results. The patient featured here developed painful capsular contracture and sought an immediate explant.  Almost a year and half later she opted to undergo fat transfer to improve the shape of her breast and regain some of the volume she lost. She did not want a breast lift or other surgical revisions. She achieved good results from a single transfer, but opted for additional transfers to achieve better results. Ultimately she received four transfers with excellent aesthetic results. Not every patient will need this many transfers. The typical fat transfer patient will plan one or two transfers, but patients with significant scaring, tight envelopes, or with a desire for multiple cup size changes should plan for a minimum of two transfers. The photos above shows the final results of an explant with delayed fat transfer, whereas the slide below illustrates the process you may need to achieve these results.

Breast augmentation with breast implants is consistently the number one or number two most popular aesthetic surgery, and for good reason. Breast implants provide excellent results in the vast majority of patients. Breast implants, however, don’t last forever. Some patients develop capsular contracture, some implants rupture, and some patients decide implants no longer fit their lifestyle. If the time comes when you no longer want implants, fat transfer breast augmentation is an option to consider…..even if you explant first.

Contact us to explore your options

Rejuvenate Your Face and Body

Many patients come to see Dr. Sarah Mess from the Baltimore, and Washington DC areas because of her ability to provide their face and body with a revitalized look that appears naturally youthful. For all of your cosmetic needs, please call (410) 559-9468 or use the form below to request a consultation.

By checking the box on the contact form, you agree to the Terms of Use listed here: Communications through our website or via email are not encrypted and are not necessarily secure. Use of the internet or email is for your convenience only, and by using them, you assume the risk of unauthorized use. By checking this box you hereby agree to hold Sarah A. Mess, MD, LLC, its doctors and affiliates, harmless from any hacking or any other unauthorized use of your personal information by outside parties.