For many years, breast implants were synonymous with breast augmentation, but autologous fat transfer is now increasingly being viewed as a viable alternative. While the proponents of fat transfer point to the safety benefits of using fat rather than synthetic implants, there are some compelling reasons why fat transfer is not as effective as a breast implant augmentation surgery (click here).
Fat transfer and Breast Implants
Fat transfer involves the harvesting of fat from the patient’s own body, and then injecting it into the breasts after processing. Breast implant augmentation surgery involves the use of synthetic implants made from silicone gel, or a saline solution.
Why Fat transfer is not as effective
Inconsistency is one important reason why fat transfer is not as effective as breast implants. With fat transfer some of the fat will inevitably be reabsorbed by the body, and this makes it difficult to predict how much of the transferred fat will remain in the long term. This is an important concern, because it will affect the final outcome of the breast augmentation procedure.
The success of the fat transfer method also depends on a patient having the necessary supply of fat to adequately augment the breasts. Patients that don’t have enough fat cells will not be able to get the breast size and contours they desire.
When fat transfer initially became popular, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) had some concerns. However they have become less critical due to improvements in the methods used to harvest and inject the fat. Nevertheless, patients are advised to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to review the pros and cons of the procedure.
Contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA, for more information. Please call (949) 701-4454 today, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kyle Song.