For years, saline and silicone implants have served as the most viable method for breast augmentation patients. But inserting ‘foreign objects’ into one’s body poses health concerns. Especially with the recent news of all of the women who received faulty implants (made of industrial, rather than medical grade, silicone). Although this news really only impacted women abroad, the medical community, patients and the media are warming up to the idea of taking one’s own fat and repositioning it from areas where we want less fat, to areas where we do want more – our breasts. Now breast fat transfers are more common for women who want larger, firmer breasts
Autologous fat grafting, also known as fat transfer (AFT), is a procedure in which fat cells are harvested from one part of the body and injected into another. Using our own tissue is just starting to make more sense, especially as the techniques have become more sophisticated, and the success levels continue to climb. In fact, there are now methods of harvesting (that were not available just a few years ago) that enable surgeons and patients to store the harvested fat for future procedures. And the new stem cell transfers are the cutting edge of medicine. The procedure can also soften the appearance of existing implants and hide visible defects or rippling in women who look bony, or have ‘sunken chests, plumping up areas for those with little skin or fat in that area, giving a healthier look to the bust line and chest area.
Are you considering a more natural method of breast augmentation? If so, contact your local board-certified plastic surgeon and discuss fat transfer options with them.