For women considering breast enlargement, there is another option besides saline or silicon breast implants. Autologous fat transfer is a unique method used for bot breast augmentation and reconstruction. With fat transfer, a patient’s fat is harvested from one area of the body and then used to augment or reconstruct the breasts.
Autologous fat transfer is not a new procedure, but it is just beginning to gain popularity after years on the sidelines. The concept of injecting fat into the breasts has been around for years, but the procedure was frowned upon because of the possibility that the fat would not survive and would undergo a process called fat necrosis, which would leave lumps of calcified scar tissue that could interfere with mammograms. In 1987, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) issued a statement that fat grafting was not recommended due to minimal and unpredictable results, and the inability of radiologists to distinguish cancer from the fat modules.
A Natural Alternative to Traditional Breast Implants
Autologous fat transfer is now being offered a a natural alternative to saline or silicon breast implants. However, before you make any decisions regarding breast augmentation, it is crucial to have all the facts, and understand that every type of surgery has its pros and cons; fat transfer for breast enlargement is no exception. Yes – it is more natural. However, it does come with some considerations and concerns.
The Advantages of Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation
- Provides another option for women seeking breast enlargement or reconstruction after a mastectomy, and can improve the appearance of the breasts naturally.
- Because it involves minimal incisions, there is less scarring that traditional breast implant surgery.
- Because it involves the patient’s own fat cells, there are no allergic reactions or rejections.
- The is no risk of implant failure and removal.
- Fat harvesting has improved dramatically over the years and is gentler and less traumatic than it was in the past.
- Allows for shaping and sculpting of the breasts.
- Breast enlargement with fat transfer can be performed with other body contouring procedures, and can result in the loss of fat from other areas of the body.
The Disadvantages of Fat Transfer for Breast Enlargement
- the surgery can take longer than traditional breast implant surgery, which increases the cost and potential complications.
- Fat transfer is still not as predictable as surgery using breast implants.
- Large breast augmentations cannot be done with this method. Going from an A cup to a B cup is possible, but is you want to go from an A cup to a C or D cup, breast implants are the preferred methods.
- Some women who desire breast enlargement surgery are just too skinny to get the results they seek with fat transfer. They don’t have enough “donor” fat.
- The possibility for the failure of fat transportation and the future possibility of fat absorption.
The survival of the fat and the permanency of the procedure depends on the surgeon’s skills, the the process by which the fat was harvested, and how and where it was injected. Because this is a fairly new procedure, it is imperative that women seeking autologous fat transfer breast augmentation seek out surgeons with highly developed skills based on experience and knowledge.