Monday, 30 April 2012 01:15
Breast Enlargement with Fat Graft
It is an appealing concept to achieve a breast enhancement by using fat taken from elsewhere on your body, such as from the buttocks or thighs.
This procedure has been available for some time in the United States and Europe and may soon be approved for treatment in Australia.
The concept is that your own fat will ultimately be the best implant to achieve breast enhancement or breast augmentation. A silicone implant has in the past been the first choice for breast augmentation and those implants can have problems associated with them in the short and longer term.
The technique of fat transfer for breast augmentation involves the application of a special form of suction bra for a number of weeks to increase the laxity in the skin. This bra is known as a Brava.
Following this, fat can be harvested by liposuction and transferred to the breast to increase the breast augmentation.
What are the benefits of fat graft breast augmentation?
1. Your own tissue is used. The disadvantage is multiple fat transfers are required.
2. There is ongoing cost with each procedure.
3. People who are very thin or flat-chested are not good candidates for the procedure.
4. The increasing volume achieved can only be moderate.
In my opinion, this procedure does offer hope for the future.
The results at this stage can only achieve a moderate increase in breast augmentation, perhaps one cup size or half a cup size, and multiple surgical procedures are required.
Breast augmentation, using a breast implant made of cohesive silicone gel, is still the gold standard for breast augmentation at this stage though the future holds hope for fat transfers.
Dr Jeremy Hunt