Natural breast augmentation can be done safely in an outpatient
setting with local anesthesia.
Dr. Drugge has a patent in the area of natural breast
The benefits over implants include:
No occluded mammogram readings
Ability to augment breasts gradually to the desired size.
Natural filler substance (adipose tissue)
Dr. Drugge was trained in liposuction in his residency
and has been performing this safe technique for over ten years.
How is it done?
The softness and suppleness which give the breasts their
shape are due mainly to the presence of adipose tissue (fat). Natural
Breast Augmentation is an injection technique used to transfer natural
adipose tissue from one area of the body to the breasts.
The tissue is alive and as such is treated like a graft.
Volumetric measurements of the breasts are taken before each injection
series and the adipose tissue is injected in the precise proportion
necessary for the greatest survival. The tissue that is retained after
three months is considered permanent.
The procedure requires a small extraction (mini-liposuction)
procedure from the outer thighs, hips, buttocks, or abdomen. This is
done under local anesthesia.
The collected adipose tissue is frozen at -30 C. Some
blood is taken for laboratory processing where the platelet enriched
plasma is added back to the tissue before injection.
Once the breasts are numb with local anesthesia through
a 4mm hole under each breast, the enriched adipose tissue is injected
using a blunt cannula into the specific areas of the breasts which need
enhancement. The most popular areas for injection are the upper quadrants
of the breast which enhance the roundness of the breast and the appearance
of cleavage. This technique can also improve breast assymetry.
The breasts are then enlarged gradually over several injection
series depending upon the cup size desired. For further information
about the procedure, please request a lipsuction pamphlet from Dr. Drugge's
Who is the ideal candidate for NBA?
Small breasts (A cup/B cup) or flat breasts.
Available adipose tissue from another part of the body
such as the thighs, hips or abdomen. (Until we develop a way to grow
your adipose tissue in vitro, you must have adequate harvest material.)
Pre and Post Procedure Details
Planning and discussion of the harvest and injection procedures
may require one or two consultations before an appointment for the procedure
is made. Prior to having the surgery, patients should refrain from taking
any aspirin, (it can interfere with proper blood clotting for at least
Be on time for your appointment and wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes.
Pre-operative digital photographs will be taken prior to the procedure.
Bring a sports bra or underwire bra to wear after the
procedure. Post-operative discomfort is usually minimal and may be treated
with low grade pain-killers such as Tylenol. There may be minimal (1-3
teaspoons) of leakage from the incision holes over the next 24 hours
from the anesthesia. This can be pink or yellowish in color.
The patient should not expect to be fully able to assess
the results for a few months, as the skin recontours to the enhanced
fat layer. In a month, more photographs will be taken to add to the
patient's record and be compared to the pre-operative photos.
Effects of Future Weight Gain or Loss
Since the breasts are sensitive to weight loss, it is
not recommended to diet or lose weight. Adipose tissue will shrink with
weight loss and swell with weight gain. Some patients have experienced
increased breast size on top of the procedure with minimal weight gain.