• Your Complete Guide to Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation

    Truth be told, breast augmentation using your own fat became a hot topic in the 1980’s but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons was against the procedure, citing difficulties in early diagnosis of breast cancer cells. But in 2009, they retracted this statement and gave it a nod.

    Basically, fat grafting is a “natural” breast implant because no foreign material will be inserted into your body. This is recommended for patients who have hesitations about saline, silicone or gummy bear breast implants. It is done under local anesthesia and no antibiotics are needed. The downside however, is that it has longer recovery period compared with other implants.

    The Advantages of Fat Grafting

    This breast implant promises longer lasting results compared to traditional breast augmentation procedures. Another advantage is that, there is no risk that your body will reject the implant because the fat comes from your own body. The harvested fat will give you a more natural look and feel. It also does not give you scars because it does not involve open incisions and lastly, it will not interfere with your mammogram.

    Disadvantages of Fat Grafting

    Unlike traditional breast implants wherein you can choose your size, one of the biggest drawback of fat grafting is, it offers only a moderate degree of enlargement, usually limited to just one cup size; also, the change in breast size is not as predictable as with implants.

    20-95% of the re-implanted cells are absorbed by the body; hence the unpredictability but fat cells are now carefully removed through liposuction using syringes and transferred to the breasts. As a result, the survival rate of the cells is higher. This is also the reason why fat graft breast augmentation results take effect longer than silicone or saline implants; it takes up to six months to notice the outcome.

    ASPS Recommendations

    According to ASPS, “fat grafting to the breast is showing promising results and may become a popular breast augmentation procedure. We recommend that patients meet with their board-certified plastic surgeon and discuss the most recent research and options.”