Reverse Abdominoplasty with Fat Transfer Procedure

At our Changes Center for Scarless Surgery we’ve been cooking up something great for you. If you have been considering a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast implant removal, then a Reverse Abdominoplasty with Fat Transfer (RAFT) procedure may just be what you want. Performed without incisions, we are able to lift your breasts, tighten your upper abdomen, enhance your breast size and shape all with one simple procedure.

What is a RAFT procedure?

Reverse Abdominoplasty with Fat Transfer – RAFT for short – is an innovative new technique for autologous breast augmentation (using your own fat) and can even be used for breast reconstruction following mastectomies. Rather than using artificial implants or solely fat transfer to recreate or enlarge the breasts, the technique is based on bringing the tissue of the upper abdomen into the lower breast in order to add volume and provide greater definition to the breast fold. The RAFT procedure is then combined with the better-known fat transfer technique in order to complete the process, resulting in fuller, feminine and natural-looking breasts.

Benefits of the RAFT technique

There are a range of different benefits to choosing the RAFT technique for breast reconstruction or enhancement. These include the following:

A less invasive technique

The RAFT technique is a less invasive option in that it is performed using only internal sutures that are designed to lift and tighten the abdominal tissues, lifting them upwards and into the lower breast area.

Minimal scarring procedure

Conventional breast augmentation procedures require an incision in the fold of the breast to insert the implant. This isn’t the case with the RAFT technique as the internal sutures are used to adjust the abdominal tissue into a higher position on the lower part of the breast. Fat grafting is then performed which enhances the size of the natural breast without the need for long surgical scars.

Improved shape and appearance of the breast

By using the RAFT technique, patients can benefit from greater volume and improved breast shape that restores their confidence in their appearance. The greater definition of the breast fold further enhances the look of their new breasts so that they are lifted higher, thus looking fuller, perkier and more youthful.

A tighter upper abdomen

Since some of the upper abdominal tissue is maneuvered higher into the breasts, it has the effect of a reverse tummy tuck, creating an area below the breasts that is tighter, smoother and more streamlined both out of and under clothes.

Breasts that feel normal and natural

Many patients and experts alike agree that breasts that are reconstructed or augmented using your own body tissues and fat are much more natural in both appearance and texture. Therefore, when you choose a RAFT procedure, you can expect to achieve the natural and attractive breasts that you desire. Just as importantly, you will also be able to retain near-normal sensation in your breasts and your new nipples – something which is much more difficult with other types of breast augmentation or reconstruction.


RAFT Before and After
RAFT Before and After
RAFT Before and After

If you would like more information about the RAFT technique, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure, please contact Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa at 858-264-3800.