Breast Augmentation – Implants or Fat Transfer?

Which is the best choice for breast augmentation – breast implants or fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting? Fat transfer is the newer procedure and has been getting plenty of attention lately because women are seeking more natural alternatives to enhance their appearance. Implants have ranked as the number one plastic surgical procedure since 2006, but will fat grafting become the next big thing in plastic surgery?

Fat grafting is a fairly new procedure. The procedure involves taking fat from one or several parts of the body and places in the breasts area to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. Sounds good – right? Most women would be happy to take some fat from here, and a little from there, to increase the size of the breasts. But, it’s not quite as simple as that!

However, as good as this may sound, the results may differ from a traditional implant procedure. Because the body naturally reabsorbs fat, the newly placed fat may provide great initial results, but has the potential to lose some of that volume over time. According to a recent study, the fat survival rate (or the amount that will remain in your breasts) is anywhere from 25 to 80 percent. Most women would be pleased with 80 percent, but not with 25 percent.

With improvement in breast implant technology, they have become stronger and more resistant to problems such as leakage and rupture. The new breast implants are nothing like the old ones – they have become virtually maintenance and worry-free. One reason women are beginning to consider breast augmentation with fat grafting is because they believe the results will be more natural looking. While this might be true, newer breast implants, such as the new memory shape and teardrop silicone gel implant, have a more natural and realistic looking shape.

If you are considering breast augmentation, it is best to explore all options. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a great option to more naturally enlarging the breasts.