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Breast Implants vs Fat transfer

Posted Feb 12 2013 5:43am

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures today. The procedure helps women improve their physical appearance by enhancing breast shape and size. Implants and fat transfer are two different approaches to breast augmentation surgery. An expert plastic surgeon can guide patients in choosing the right option to achieve their aesthetic goals.

Breast Implants

This is an ideal procedure for women with too small breasts or for those who require reconstruction after mastectomy. They are also used in revision surgeries to correct or enhance the result of an original surgery. Implants are inserted into the breast pockets through incisions. If the implant is prefilled, it may require a longer incision.

Two types of FDA approved implants are used for augmenting the breasts: saline implants and silicone gel implants. Saline implants feature a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Some saline-filled come pre-filled, while others are filled after they are inserted into their pockets. Saline-filled implants are available in different sizes.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel and provide a more natural look and feel. The location of the incision may be in the armpit, under the breast or at the edge of the areola, and is decided on by the plastic surgeon depending on your body mass and breast anatomy. Implants are not a life time solutions and may eventually require surgery to remove. They carry the risks of rippling, rupture and capsular contracture.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer for breast enhancement is a more advanced natural augmentation alternative to implants. Patients with excess fat in the hips or abdomen are ideal candidates for this procedure. Excess fat removed from such areas through liposuction is purified and injected into breasts to increase breast size. In addition to breast enhancement, this procedure benefits the donor site by reducing fat and improving contour. The use of the patient's own fat tissue reduces the risk of rejection. Further, no foreign material is placed in the body. Liposuction patients can benefit from both procedures in a single session. Fat transfer can avoid many of the risks associated with implants. Only tiny incisions are made to inject fat into breasts, resulting in minimal pain and scarring.

Both these breast augmentation procedures come with some common benefits

  • Fuller and rounder breasts
  • Correction of asymmetry
  • Improvement in overall physical appearance
  • Improved self-confidence
How to Choose the Best Breast Enhancement Option

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. The right surgeon will first evaluate you to determine your candidature for the surgery. It's important that you have realistic expectations about the results. Discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon. The surgeon will help determine whether breast implants or fat transfer is the right option for you depending on your goals and physical considerations.

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