Breast Augmentation through Fat Transfer


Breast augmentation has been around for years. As technology improves so do the different procedures in augmenting breasts. Gone are the days when getting implants is the only way to do it. There are now other ways to do it some so outrageous that one might have to do a double take to see if it really does exist or not. 

One of these is breast augmentation through fat transfer.  The doctor basically performs liposuction to harvest fat from areas like the hips or abdomen.  Fat cells are then injected into the breasts.  This is a relatively new procedure and has been around only very recently.

What Experts Say About This New Technology

A technique that is starting to gain some popularity: using a patient's own fat for a breast augmentation. While I think you can achieve a very nice cosmetic result with this technique, the problem that we have at the moment is that this technique may interfere with routine mammography, so that it is possible that it would be more difficult to catch breast cancers. As surgeons we need to take into account that 1 out of every 7 women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives, and we know that catching the cancer early improves our chance of a cure-- what I don't think we have yet are any large studies that prove that this technique does not interfere with the reading of the mammograms-- until we do, I would be very cautious with offering this procedure to patients.” (Source)

An Initial Reaction

On the surface it does seem interesting to that the procedure covers two main benefits for any woman’s body. 

First, it can help get rid of unwanted fat through its liposuction component. Since fat cells are needed, the doctor has to remove them from the patient’s body and has these filtered and processed before injecting into the breasts. 

Second, it does a good job in achieving a more natural look for augmented breasts. That is why this is go-to procedure to correct disproportionate breasts or for those with unsuccessful breast implants. However, there is a downside to this. Given that it is a fairly new technology, its effects still remain to be seen and its impact on mammograms might impede early breast cancer detection.

Should You Have Breast Augmentation through Fat Transfer?

It is really NOT a question of CAN it be done but rather one of SHOULD it be done and more importantly, SHOULD YOU have it done.  Fat grafting to the breasts is a controversial procedure. Although through the efforts of one surgeon in Florida it is slowly becoming more accepted, the vast majority of Plastic surgeons are not doing it.  The odds that a woman will have breast cancer in her lifetime is over 1 in 11 women. In other words 1 in 10 women will have it. The problem with fat grafting is that regardless of "the best" handling, a major portion of the fat transferred dies and can result in scarring and calcifications which COULD be confusing to radiologists and surgeons when looking for possible cancer.” (Source

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to breast augmentation.  The best thing to do before deciding what procedure to take is for the patients to do their own research.  They have to find out the risks involved and the pros and cons of having one’s breasts augmented. 

The biggest thing is to understand that getting a good doctor is key to avoid a botched operation. Patients should not be lured to easy schemes of unreliable clinics promising easy and immediate results. If a patient wants to try this type of breast augmentation, she must find a well-reviewed and widely-experienced surgeon to do the job. 

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