Fat Transfer to the Breasts vs. Breast Implants

For decades, women who desired larger, fuller breasts had one option: implants. Today, thanks to enormous advances in liposuction and fat cell therapies, fat transfer to the breasts gives women a completely natural option for augmentation and has become a popular alternative to implants. In fact, a recent study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that the number of fat transfer procedures increased by 26.6% from 2009 to 2010.

Why Choose Fat Transfer to the Breasts?

The benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation for the patient include a natural look and feel to the breast, minimal downtime and far fewer risks than implants. Fat transfer breast augmentation begins with the removal of fat from unwanted areas of the body (stomach, thighs, hips, back) via liposuction. Naturally occurring cells are harvested from a portion of the fat and activated, then re-concentrated into the remaining fat tissue. This fat cell-enriched fat is injected as micro-droplets into the breast, where the cells enable survival of the fat by creating a new blood supply. Natural augmentation does not interfere with mammograms or breastfeeding. For a patient looking for a one or two cup size increase, this is an ideal solution.

Why Choose Implants?

Silicone implants will continue to be the best solution for women desiring dramatic changes to the look and feel of their breasts, with more than a two cup size increase. The risks associated with implants include the need for replacement every ten years, potential interference with breast cancer detection and breastfeeding, and a possibly higher risk of breast cancer. Regardless of the procedure, it is imperative that patients do their homework before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Researching both the physician and the procedure, as well as obtaining referrals or testimonials from other patients, is always recommended.


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