Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation?
In July of this year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons validated fat grafting as a way to do breast enlargement. It is a procedure where unwanted excess fat is taken from another body area and injected into the breasts to increase their size.
Some areas where the fat is typically harvested are:
This is not a new procedure, as it was originally done in the late nineteenth century in Germany. It has also been used in the U.S. for adding fullness to facial areas such as the cheeks and lips.
It was first done for breast augmentation by a plastic surgeon here in Dallas, Texas. He wanted to satisfy women who had reservations about saline and silicone gel breast implants. The fact that there was no “foreign object” such as an implant, but only the woman’s own fatty tissue, appealed to some women as being more natural. A favorite site for the fat harvesting has been the buttocks and some women feel that this is an exciting “twofer” – they lose unwanted fat from the buttocks and gain desired fat for the breasts all in one procedure.
Fat Can be Absorbed From the Breasts
At the Cosmetic Surgical Center, Dr. Rai prefers to offer silicone and saline implants because in many cases the body will absorb some of the transplanted fat. Up to 95 percent of that fat could be absorbed. Even if it is only about 20 percent absorbed, the reduction in breast size is very noticeable and unwanted.
Because of this uncertainty in each woman’s individual case, we prefer the much greater predictability of implants.
To learn more about the many choices involved in breast enlargement, please call or email cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rai. Our office serves residents of Dallas Texas and we look forward to meeting with you.