Women considering breast augmentation have more implant options than ever to fully customize their procedures, right down to the precise size and shape they desire.
One of the most asked-about advancements is autologous fat grafting (also known as fat transfer), which uses fat harvested from one area of the body to augment another area, such as the breasts. Women are often drawn to the organic nature of this approach and excited about the possibility of breast augmentation without manufactured implants.
However, there are a few hesitations I have around using fat grafting alone for this procedure. In today’s post, I’d like to discuss how and when fat grafting is best used as a plastic surgery option.
Breast Implants vs. Fat Transfer
While some plastic surgeons are now beginning to expand their use of fat grafting, I have used it for a number of years and come to some conclusions about when it is a sensible choice. Although fat can be an effective tool for breast enhancement, it is not a perfect alternative to breast implants. One major reason is that grafted fat has a tendency to reabsorb into the body over time, making it more appropriate for women who want only a modest increase in volume.
My Combination Approach
Instead of using fat alone to enlarge a patient’s breasts, my preferred approach is to incorporate fat grafting into a traditional breast augmentation to soften the look and feel of implants for an appealing curvature that mimics the original breast tissue. With this approach, I can ensure patients achieve the size and shape they desire as well as results that look natural and seamless.
Fat Grafting Benefits for Breast Reconstruction
Fat grafting has also become a valuable addition to breast reconstruction for my patients. This procedure rebuilds the breasts after illness or injury, and fat can be very useful when paired with an implant or the patient’s own tissue. These women are especially appreciative of the natural-looking results created with their own fat.
When it comes to deciding between silicone or saline breast implants or fat grafting, one may not be universally “better” than the other. Instead, these 2 approaches can work together beautifully. When you come in for an initial consultation, I will discuss all available options with you to ensure the custom treatment plan I create will best address all your concerns and goals.
To see how these breast augmentation approaches help women boost their confidence, take a look at my before-and-after photo gallery.