Women considering breast augmentation with implants at my practice serving the Naperville, Barrington, and Oak Brook, IL, areas 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 effective of these advancements is autologous fat grafting, which uses fat harvested from one area of the body to augment another area, such as the breasts.
Drawbacks of Using Fat Instead of Implants
While some 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 strong choice. Although fat can be an effective tool for breast enhancement, it is not a perfect alternative to breast implants on its own. For example, 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 natural breast tissue.
Benefits for Breast Reconstruction
Fat grafting has also become a valuable addition to breast reconstruction for my Naperville-area 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/saline breast implants or fat grafting, one may not be universally “better” than the other. Instead, these 2 approaches can work together beautifully.