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Fat Transfer vs. Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation

Many women express interest in enhancing the size and appearance of their breasts as they get older. Surgery of the breast remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Many choose to receive breast implants to increase size and volume due to the high rate of success for the procedure.

However, undergoing a fat transfer to increase breast size is becoming a popular alternative to implants. Many feel it gives the most natural look and are also happy to hear that it does not leave any scars.

There are several pros and cons to each procedure. A decision will come down to your individual desires for a breast augmentation and which procedure can help you reach those goals.

Keep reading for a brief overview of each to get a better understanding of which breast augmentation process best serves your needs.

Breast Implants: A Popular and Well-Tested Procedure

Breast implants are a reliable and popular method to increase the size and change the shape of the breasts. Technological advancements with silicone and saline implants make the risk of rupture very small if they are implanted by an experienced and professional plastic surgeon.

Silicone and saline implants are easy to remove if necessary and can be inserted in a one-time procedure. In contrast, fat transfers are not as popular, so there are still some unanswered questions about their long-term effectiveness and what can happen when body fat comes into contact with breast tissue. However, these aspects do not necessarily make a fat transfer unsafe.

Little To No Scarring Or Maintenance with Fat Transfers

A fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that is often able to be carried out without any anesthesia. Injections leave little to no scarring and there is no risk of breast thinning or rippling after a fat transfer.

Breast implants can lead to scars that form at the site of the incision. Most plastic surgeons work to ensure that any scarring is minimal and try to position incisions around the natural contours of the body so they can be easily hidden by clothing.

Implants Offer More Treatment Flexibility

Patients who are looking for big changes in breast size or volume often choose implants for augmentation. A fat transfer severely limits the amount that a breast can be enlarged since the amount of spare fat elsewhere on the body might be limited. This makes a fat transfer suitable for patients who are willing to undergo multiple procedures or who are just interested in smaller cosmetic changes, like fixing uneven breasts.

Breast implants give the greatest flexibility for aesthetic changes to the breast because the sizes of silicone or saline implants can be easily adjusted. Implants also come in a variety of profiles and textures that can be adapted by a plastic surgeon to suit the aesthetic desires of a patient.

The Costs For a Fat Transfer Can Add Up Quickly

Fat transfers can cost significantly more than breast implants. The procedure for a fat transfer involves liposuction to collect excess fat from the body and then the actual process of insertion into the breasts.

The higher price can be prohibitive for patients who are looking for smaller cosmetic changes or who are on a tight budget. In addition, implant technology continues to advance, which means patients can experience a higher degree of satisfaction with an augmentation.

Your Consultation with Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Breast augmentation is an effective way to improve breast fullness and projection. Breasts are an essential part of feminine identity, and enhancements have given countless women a renewed sense of self-confidence and assurance about their bodies.

While a fat transfer is an augmentation technique that has been gaining popularity, implants still remain the safest, most effective, and natural method for cosmetic enhancement.

Our office creates an augmentation treatment plan around a patient’s individual goals and desires. We perform a thorough examination of your breasts to offer recommendations for what type of procedure can meet your goals. We understand how important the decision to undergo breast augmentation can be and our ultimate goal is your peace of mind.

Contact Waltzman Plastic Surgery today to learn more about a breast augmentation and see if it is right for you.

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