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While breast augmentation is traditionally performed by inserting implants into the chest, there are different ways to achieve breast enhancement, depending on your goals. If you want to attain larger, more voluptuous breasts but are unsure of synthetic implants, breast augmentation with fat transfer may be right for you.
What Is Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer?
Breast augmentation surgery usually relies on saline or silicone-filled implants. However, breast augmentation can also be achieved using a fat transfer technique, which allows the breasts to be enlarged by using one’s own fat.
Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat from the body. This harvested fat is purified so that only the hardiest fat cells remain before it is injected into the breast to increase volume.
This procedure is relatively simple and only requires small incisions to extract the fat. (Since the fat is injected into the breasts, there will be no incisions on the breasts.) In some cases, patients will also have to undergo a tissue expansion to make space for larger breast volume.
Is Fat Transfer Safe to Use for Breast Augmentation?
Fat transfer for breast augmentation has been approved by the FDA and is considered to be very safe. Every plastic surgery procedure comes with a degree of risk, and the same goes for breast augmentation; however, by choosing the right surgeon and following all of your surgeon’s recommendations, you can significantly reduce your chance of having complications.
One benefit of using fat transfer for your augmentation (opposed to implants) is that you can avoid implant-related risks and complications, such as implant rupture, implant displacement, and capsular contracture. And since the augmenting material comes from you, there is little to no chance of an adverse allergic reaction or rejection of the fat.
Will My Breasts Look Natural After Fat Transfer?
When performed using implants, breast augmentation can produce dramatic results, including greater breast projection, rounder shape, and enhanced firmness. It is possible to choose your implants that closely resemble the look and feel of natural breasts, but there is no guarantee that they will look or feel exactly as your natural tissue. Using fat helps to ensure a natural feel, shape, and projection of the breasts.
With fat transfer, there will be no visible scarring on the breast. Traditional breast augmentation requires incisions to place the implant around the areola, beneath the breast, or in the armpit. Alternatively, breast augmentation with fat transfer only results in small, often undetectable scars at the fat harvesting sites. The results of fat transfer are much more subtle than a breast augmentation and typically only provide a modest enlargement.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer provides long-lasting results, and additional fat transfer can be performed if necessary.