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What to Know About Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation

Augmentation of breasts using fat grafts is becoming popular among women looking to achieve well-sized and shapely breasts via a natural enhancement option. This procedure utilizes the candidate’s own excess body fat removed through liposuction to improve the breast contour. It is a safer alternative compared to other foreign material insertion options. According to ASAPS, women should take into account the following before scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon for breast augmentation using fat grafts.

  • What actually is fat grafting? This is nothing but removing fat from one part of the body through a procedure such as liposuction and injecting it into other areas that need augmentation.
  • How long has the procedure been in use? This innovative procedure first became accepted in the 1980s. Even though it was cautioned for use by ASAPS initially due to some side effects, the advancements in technology have made it a better and safe option.
  • What are the risks or associated issues? The injected fat cells may not always survive and the body may absorb it. It can also cause changes in the breast contour that may create a suspicion of cancer. Further tests may be necessary to ensure that the patient is on the safe side. All women may not have enough fat to spare to achieve the desired contour and in some cases it can take up to 6 months to actually see the desired results.
  • What are the other applications for this procedure in breast surgery? Other than for augmentation, fat grafting is being used for softening the appearance of existing implants and hiding visible rippling. It is also being used along with implants for a better outcome.
  • What does ASAPS recommend? They understand the growing demand for the procedure and are taking steps to continue monitoring the clinical evidence for safety and efficiency. ASAPS noted promising results with this treatment but recommends meeting a board certified plastic surgeon to talk about the most recent research and options before taking a final decision.

This advanced procedure should be ideally performed under the guidance of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to ensure maximum safety and also experience the best results.