Dr. Todd Malan has been a leading cosmetic surgeon in the advancement of fat transfer procedures to restore lost volume in the breasts with beautiful, natural looking results.
Stem Cell Breast Augmentation uses a patients’s own fat tissue, which is a rich source of stem cells and regenerative cells, to provide women the option of enlarging their breast without the use of unnatural implants. Stem cells enable the transplanted fat tissue to grow its own blood supply, thus becoming an integral part of the breast rather than a foreign lump. Stem cells have the potential to change into any cells in the body; they are found in most tissues, especially fat.These stem cells are not the controversial embryonic stem cells.
About the Procedure
First, the Body-Jet liposuction device utilizes streaming water to gently harvest the fat. The fat is then processed to extract and activate the stem cells. The stem cells are then concentrated with the fat and injected in the breast. The injection of the fat along with the stem cells results in an overall breast size increase.
A pressure splint is sometimes used after the procedure to ensure that the fat remains in place and assists in promoting regeneration of the transferred fat and stem cells.
The end result is enlarged breasts that are very natural in appearance and feel without the complications associated with implants. Unlike traditional implants, this procedure will not interfere with future Mammograms or breastfeeding. The technique does not require general anesthesia, typically requires only 48 hour recovery period and leaves lasting results.*
Once injected, the stem cells may the help to:
- Grow new blood vessels to feed the fat
- Releasing anti-inflammatory substances to aid in healing
- Release growth factors to tighten the skin over the breast.
Q: I have heard that this procedure is controversial?
A: For 20 years the major U.S. Cosmetic Surgery society denounced Fat Transfer to the Breast as a dangerous procedure. This decision was based on technology and techniques used 20 years ago. Recent developments and results from our patients prompted the recent lift on this ban in March 2009. Many Cosmetic Surgeons are unaware of the new and improved techniques or of the recent lifting of this ban and still advise patients against this procedure. The common myths you will hear from doctors who have not followed these recent changes are;
Q: Who is the ideal candidate?
A: Anyone who desires an increase in breast size that is natural in appearance. The Natural Breast Augmentation is ideal for the person who has lost fullness in her breast due to age, weight fluctuations, and breast feeding. A 1-2 cup size increase and more fullness are expected from this procedure.* However the person who would not be happy with anything less that a 2-3 cup size increase should consider Breast Implants.
Q: I read most of the fat doesn’t survive so more than one surgery is needed?
A: New techniques have proven an 85-90% fat survival.* Stem cell techniques in Europe and Japan have shown fat survival to be even higher. The alternative breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years and problems such as scarring and rupture are common.
Q: I heard calcifications caused by the surgery can interfere with mammograms?
A: Studies have proven that newer digital mammograms can easily evaluate calcifications in the breast whereas the alternative enhancement procedure, Breast Implants, block more than half of the breast from the view of mammograms.
Q: Is this similar to the Stem Cell Breast Augmentations being used in Japan?
A: Yes, we offer stem cell enhanced fat transfer which has been proven in Europre and Japan to improve fat survival.
Q: Why should I chose Dr. Todd Malan?
A: Since the recent lifting of the ban on this procedure many doctors have begun offering fat transfer to the breast surgery. The lift on the ban was due in part to Dr. Malan’s improved technique and Dr. Malan trains doctors world wide in his procedure. In fact Dr. Malan is the first certified training course for doctors in the U.S. Unless the doctor has been trained by Dr. Malan they are likely using old techniques that caused the ban 20 years ago.
Q: What if I don’t really need liposuction but still want a Natural Breast (Stem Cell) Augmentation?
A: Dr. Malan is dedicated to not only giving you natural looking breasts but also great liposuction results. Patients travel from all over the world to have their liposuction procedure performed by Dr. Malan. The stem cell procedure allows Dr. Malan to use far less fat to achieve great results.
Q: How much does stem cell breast augmentation cost?
A: There are several factors that determine the fee schedule such as the number of areas being treated, procedure time and overall goals. During your consultation, we will go over total estimated costs and can discuss our payment options.
*Individual Results May Vary