According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, fat transfer to the breast increased by 41 percent in 2016. With its recent surge in popularity, many women are wondering whether fat transfer breast augmentation is worth it. As with all cosmetic procedures, this technique has pros and cons that could determine whether it is right for you. Depending on your needs, breast augmentation through either fat transfer or breast implants could be the better option for you.
How Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Work?
Breast augmentation with fat transfer takes fat from one area of the body and injects it into the breasts. Dr. Pollack performs liposuction on the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, or another area to extract the excess fat. Once the fat is harvested and purified, Dr. Pollack injects it into the breasts to enhance their size.
The Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
There are several key advantages of choosing fat transfer instead of implants for your breast augmentation:
- No risk of implant complications (capsular contracture, rupture, etc.)
- Reduced risks overall
- No need for breast revision surgery to replace the implants
- Shorter recovery time
- Subtle and natural-looking results
- Far less scarring
However, the disadvantages of fat transfer breast augmentation are also worth noting:
- Results may be too subtle (the increase in volume is only one half to one full cup size)
- Results are less predictable (much of the injected fat will be reabsorbed by the body, but this amount can vary from patient to patient)
- May require multiple procedures to achieve the desired amount of augmentation
- Fewer candidates qualify (only women with enough excess fat elsewhere on the body can undergo this procedure)
Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer vs. Implants
If you are interested in subtle, natural-looking breast augmentation results and have surplus fat in other areas of your body that can be harvested for the procedure, breast augmentation with fat transfer could be perfect for you. However, if you desire a more dramatic change or you do not qualify for this technique, you will likely be better off choosing breast implants for your breast augmentation. Breast implants can significantly increase your breast size and can also improve breast shape and firmness with natural-looking results. The best option for you will be based on your body and your personal desires for your breast augmentation results.
Either fat transfer or breast implants could be a good choice for your breast augmentation. Dr. Larry Pollack, our board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you choose between these two techniques based on your beauty goals and your body’s needs. Whichever technique you select, breast augmentation can help you achieve attractively full and firm breasts. To request your consultation with Dr. Pollack, please call us at (858) 450-9100 or contact us online today.