Every year, millions of women undergo augmentation procedures to increase the size of their breasts. However, not all of them find the idea of getting breast implants appealing. Fortunately, there is an alternative: a fat-transfer breast enhancement.
Instead of using an implant, your plastic surgeon can harvest fat from another part of your body – your hips, thighs, or stomach – purify it and then inject the fat into your breasts to naturally create the desired results.
Of course, this approach is not ideal for all women. To determine whether you’re a candidate for fat transfer breast enhancement, let’s weigh its advantages against those for breast implants.
Fat transfer breast augmentation may be the better choice if you are looking for a moderate increase in your breast size – say, to go up a single cup size – without resorting to an implant. However, if you desire more than a cup size increase – for example, to go from an A-cup to a C-cup – breast augmentation using implants is the more reliable choice.
In the case of sagging breasts, a breast lift performed with or without implants delivers better results since fat transfer simply increases breast volume and does little to lift or reshape your breasts.
Nevertheless, a fat-transfer breast augmentation does have its advantages:
- It is completely natural. You are only using your own body tissue; therefore, the results look and feel soft and real.
- It can significantly reshape your entire body. Besides enlarging your breasts, a fat-transfer breast augmentation provides an added degree of body contouring. Liposuction is used to harvest the fat and, in the process, reshapes your figure. You can get a flatter stomach, slimmer thighs, and/or a more sculpted waistline along with your larger breasts.
- It is a virtually scarless procedure. Your plastic surgeon only makes tiny incisions to harvest the fat and inject it into your breasts. After the procedure, no one will know that you had any work done.
- It avoids the risks associated with implants. These may include implant malposition, rupture, and capsular contracture. Also, there is less trauma to the body and less recovery time compared to traditional breast augmentation.
The only potential problem with this type of breast augmentation is that the fat can be reabsorbed by your body, thus diminishing the enhancement over time. There is a small chance that a large portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed; however, your plastic surgeon will perform the fat transfer carefully, so as to maximize the survival of transferred fat.
If you’re wondering whether you have enough body fat to accommodate the transfer, even slender women have an ample supply that a skilled plastic surgeon can harvest. However, if you are especially skinny, you may need to intentionally gain a few pounds before undergoing the procedure. Consult with your doctor to determine whether you have sufficient fat for your breast augmentation.
If you are interested in getting a fat-transfer breast augmentation done and want to talk to a plastic surgeon, MAXiM Breast Surgery is the right place for you. Our experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience working on these types of surgeries. Call (646) 475-2099 today to make an appointment.