For years, breast augmentation has involved the placement of saline or silicone implants into the chest to enhance the shape and size of the breasts. Patient satisfaction rates are also generally very high when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon.
Fat transfer, on the other hand, is a new procedure that has recently become a second option for those looking to increase the size of their breasts. Unfortunately, there are still a number of debates going on that question the effectiveness of this technique.
A Question of Safety
Safety should always be a top priority when any invasive procedure is performed. While both breast implantation and fat transfer to the breasts are deemed to be safe, there is still a bit of research that needs to be done on fat transfer.
Breast augmentation using implants, on the other hand, has been thoroughly researched and is an established procedure that has high success rates, provided it’s carried out by a skilled surgeon such as Dr David Sharp.
There was a time when the safety of breast augmentation was also questioned but this was mainly due to the quality of implants that were available. Today’s implants are far more advanced and have been approved by the FDA in the United States.
If a silicone implant does happen to rupture, the gel core will remain intact and the patient’s health will not be affected.
Fat transfer procedures do come with a slightly higher risk of complications, which is why great care needs to be taken to only transfer a conservative amount of fat to the breasts. Again, there is still some research that needs to be done to make this procedure completely safe.
Your aesthetic goals will also help determine which procedure is the right fit for you.
If you want to substantially increase the volume and size of your breasts, breast augmentation using implants is a much better decision. You will be able to choose between saline and silicone implants that come in a variety of shapes, profiles and texture. Experienced breast surgeon will take your height, weight, build and lifestyle into consideration when helping you select the right implants.
If you aren’t looking to increase the size of your breasts by a significant amount, fat transfer is an option. It should be noted that you will need a significant amount of excess fat to be available for this procedure to be an option for you. Fat is usually taken from areas such as the thighs, love handles and abdomen using liposuction. Once the fat has been purified, it will be transferred to the breasts.
Fat transfer procedures were first designed to enhance the size of the buttocks, with the lips and cheeks now also being areas that can be treated. Breast augmentation is one of the latest areas to be added to the mix.
Most fat transfer procedures will need multiple treatments but in most cases, fat transfer to the breasts can be done in one procedure.