Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

The Pros and Cons of Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer

lady-measuring-her-breastsIn all honesty, there are advantages and disadvantages to virtually all cosmetic procedures. However, the true list of pros and cons is completely determined by the patient and will be different for every individual; an ideal procedure for one person may not be the best option for another. Here are the facts about breast augmentation with fat transfer to help you determine your particular list of pros and cons:

It Reduces Body Fat

Perhaps the best and most obvious advantage of breast augmentation with fat transfer is the loss of fat from other areas of the body. The donor area can be the thighs, hips, buttocks, or abdomen—almost any larger area of the body that has excess, unwanted fat. Patients experience a few inches lost from the particular area and can feel more confident in smaller or tighter clothing.

It Is Less Invasive Than Implant Placement

Breast augmentation with fat transfer is less invasive than implant breast augmentation depending on the amount of fat removed during the liposuction portion of the procedure. Liposuction will require only a few small incisions at the donor site but may result in swelling and bruising that will cause some discomfort during recovery. The surgical step of injecting the fat into the breasts is much less invasive than surgically inserting implants. Generally, the fat grafting procedure results in a shorter and easier recovery than implant augmentation.

It Has Lower Risks Than Implant Augmentation

With breast implants, patients run the risk of capsular contracture, implant malposition, rippling, and rupture. With fat transfer to the breasts, the patient avoids all implant-associated risks. The body also will not reject the patient's own fat as a result of fat transfer.

The Breasts Look and Feel More Natural

Because the patient’s own fat is used, the breasts will look and feel more natural compared to silicone or saline breast implants. For those who would like more defined roundness and cleavage at the upper pole of the breasts, breast implants may be a better option.

before-and-after-breast-augmentationIt’s Permanent

When fat is injected into the body, it must form a blood supply to survive. Only about 50 to 70 percent of the injected fat is likely to survive in the breasts, which can lead to less dramatic results than with breast implants. After four to six weeks, the size of the breasts stabilizes. As long as you maintain your weight, the breast size will remain the same. If you gain weight, the breasts will increase in size. They will decrease in size if you lose weight.

It Provides a Less Significant Increase in Breast Size

Patients should expect an increase of about one to two cup sizes with fat transfer, while breast implants provide many more size options. Patients can choose to get more than one fat injection treatment to achieve the size they want, but this option often takes longer than breast implant surgery and may end up costing more as well. Dr. Agullo’s patients have many choices when considering breast augmentation at his practice. During your consultation, he takes your desires, concerns, and physical anatomy into consideration so that together you will both arrive at the option that will best meet your needs. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for breast augmentation, please call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form today.

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