When you hear the term "breast augmentation" you probably imagine someone getting breast implants. For years, this has been the standard form of breast augmentation. But more and more, patients are opting for something different: fat transfer surgery. Here's a closer look at what this alternative breast augmentation procedure involves, along with its pros and cons.
What is fat transfer surgery?
Fat transfer breast augmentation involves the removal of fat from one part of your body, and then the implantation of that fat on your breasts. The fat is removed via liposuction, a procedure that uses a suction device to remove fat from beneath the skin, through a few small incisions. It can be removed from your buttocks, your thighs, or even your belly.
What are the pros of fat transfer surgery?
The main advantage of this procedure is that it does not introduce anything foreign to your body. The fat used is your own. There are no silicone or saline implants to worry about. Your body won't reject anything, and you won't have to think about the potential for leaks a few years down the road.
Fat transfer surgery also tends to result in a more natural look than breast implants. If you're someone who wants larger breasts but not breasts that anyone will suspect are "fake," then fat transfer is a smart option.
This procedure also gives you the opportunity to have another part of your body reduced in size at the same time. If you want a flatter stomach, for instance, you can have the fat removed from your stomach. If you've always hated your larger thighs, you can have the liposuction performed on your thighs. Your surgeon can remove more fat than is needed for the breast augmentation if desired.
What are the cons of fat transfer surgery?
One downfall of this procedure is that it has its limits. You can often go up a breast size, and maybe two — but if you want more than that, you'll have to opt for implants.
Another con is the with fat transfer, you will also have incisions from the liposuction that have to heal. As such, the recovery time can be longer than with breast implants.
Fat transfer surgery can be a good breast augmentation for those who want natural, less pronounced results. Talk to a doctor or a local plastic surgeon to learn more about the pros and cons of this kind of breast augmentation.