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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

2014-07-18

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation - Women have options

The topic of breast augmentation is sure to strike-up a lively discussion among women (men as well) and the subject of implants is sure to come up. Silicone or saline ? Since its approval by the FDA, women can also choose a shaped silicone implant that mimics the natural 'teardrop' contour of the breast.  But wait, there are more options ...

Fat transfer, also referred to as fat grafting, to achieve breast enlargement appears to gaining in popularity for women weighing their options on breast augmentation procedures. In lieu of implants, fat is harvested from your belly, legs or buttocks and redistributed to your breasts. As with all matters relating to plastic surgery, benefits and risks must always be considered.

Let's look at benefits. First and foremost, the risks associated with implants - leaking, shifting and rupturing - are eliminated and, no foreign material is in your body. Fat transfer breast augmentation could be beneficial to women desiring a 'light' breast enlargement as opposed to growing several cup sizes. This could also be a desired procedure following a lumpectomy and for solving the issue of uneven breasts.

So, now you're thinking this is terrific, what could go wrong? Sign me up! Keep on reading ...

First of all, you may not be candidate for a fat transfer augmentation. You need a lot of fat transfer to get larger breasts and typically, slim women want a breast augmentation and they just don't have enough fat ! You are also not a candidate for this procedure if you want a large increase in cup size.

The fat transfer process from either your tummy, legs or butt involves liposuction, not altogether risk free. Think about possible saggy skin, scarring and some bruising.

Here's something else to think about. The end result of a fat transfer breast augmentation will not last forever. Over time, the fat will be re-absorbed by the body and your breasts will decrease in size. A fat 'refill' may be required and some medical facilities are able to preserve fat taken from the first liposuction for future use.   

Finally, there is the cost consideration, in excess of $15,000. Not inexpensive.

Indeed, advances in medical technology as it applies to cosmetic surgery are empowering women with more choices but, be sure to do your homework and consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before making a decision to go forward with any procedure.

Sources: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)