Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure throughout the world if not the most popular. The classic and most popular method to achieve an increase in the size of the breast is with silicone gel implants. This procedure has been popularized however does have some drawbacks. These drawbacks include risk of bleeding, infection, and capsular contracture. The capsular contracture may displace the breast upward. In this week’s blog we will discuss fat transfer in place of implants.
The introduction of transferring fat is a surgical tool has expanded the application of this procedure to the breast. So yes, the answer is yes. You can have a fat transfer to the breast instead of implants.
However, the risks of infection and bleeding persist but capsular contracture risk is no longer an issue. The major drawback to this procedure is that fat may disappear. The studies and experience vary. As much as 50% may disappear but I believe the average is around 75% may persist.
Another drawback of fat transfer is limitation in size. With breast implants if the patient has adequate skin, implant size can be maximized depending upon the patient’s personal taste. Because most women do not have fat equivalent to a large silicone breast implant the augmented new breast may not achieve the size that the patient may desire.
Another option could be a silicone implant with additional transfer of fat as well. This technique may offer the patient a unique option to improve volume, texture or feel and shape. There are many options in breast augmentation. So yes, you can have a transfer of fat to the breast. However, take into consideration the above limitations to take note of.