August 18, 2015
Since the advent of modern plastic surgery, women who wanted to increase the size of their breasts have considered surgery to be the most reliable way to achieve the breast size they desire. However, with advances in medical technology, there are implant-free alternatives to choose from, including fat grafting or fat transfer.
Breast augmentation through fat grafting is a technique that uses fat from another part of the body as filler for breasts in lieu of implants. It’s becoming more and more popular because it allows breast augmentation without the need for implants. Who wouldn’t want to eliminate the excess fat from their belly, legs, or thighs and transfer it into their breasts? Sounds like a dream, right? It’s now a reality.
The medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) published a study that concluded women who undergo breast augmentation using fat transfer achieve better cosmetic outcomes. The researchers analyzed the outcomes of breast augmentation surgery in 59 women. Of this population, 38 women underwent conventional surgery using breast implants only, while the remaining 21 patients utilized a technique that combined breast implants and fat grafting. The combination technique uses a small amount of the patient’s own fat along the inner (medial) borders of the breasts, also known as the “medial transition zone.” By utilizing transferred fat in this zone, the breast retains a more natural shape due to the softened transition between the sternum (breastbone) and the inserted implants.
When the results of both groups were compared and analyzed, the experts determined the breast augmentation with fat transfer resulted in more natural cleavage and a smaller distance between the breasts. However, women in both study groups reported high satisfaction rates. Experts noted that there were no complications related to the fat grafting procedure, likely due in part to the small amounts of fat that were transplanted and the gentler “micro-grafting” technique that was used.
The breast augmentation with fat grafting technique has been significantly improved in recent years. Additional studies have concluded that the combination technique may be especially useful in preventing the “separated breasts” deformity, where the edges of the implants in the inner breast are more prominent. This condition may appear in some implant-based augmentation patients, and may be prevented with the fat grafting technique.
In order to obtain the fat that is used for the transfer, liposuction is performed on the targeted area. Before the fat is injected into the breasts, it is thoroughly processed to avoid it being rejected by the patient’s body. Breast augmentation by fat transfer can be performed without implants, and serves as a great alternative for women who want a subtle increase in breast volume rather than going up several cup sizes. This procedure has the added benefit of not introducing any foreign material into the body, since the fat comes from within.
It’s important to note that slim women are not ideal candidates for this procedure because of the amount of fat needed to augment the breasts. The injected fat can also be reabsorbed by the body over time or with fluctuations in body weight. For this reason, experts recommend the combined technique for slimmer women, using both implants and fat grafting to obtain better and longer-lasting results.
Tags: Breast augmentation, fat grafting, breast implants, natural breast.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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