When is Fat Transfer to the Breasts an Alternate Option to a Traditional Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation in Glastonbury, CTThe fat transfer breast augmentation technique offers patients a unique opportunity to avoid the traditional breast augmentation surgery, and the use of breast implants, but still enhance the size of the breasts. With the relative lack of surgery on the breasts, many patients assume that the fat transfer would be a preferred technique for breast augmentation. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Below, we’ll tell you when a fat transfer is a good alternative to a traditional breast augmentation – and when it isn’t!

When to Consider a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a more “natural” breast augmentation technique, using fat from your own body to augment the breasts. This approach has some distinct advantages, which often get the attention of patients who would like to avoid extensive surgery.

Primarily, a fat transfer offers the benefit of reduced surgery and scarring in the breasts. This is because fat is injected into the breasts during a fat transfer – it’s not placed surgically like a breast implant. As a result, patients experience little to no scarring in the breasts and a reduced recovery period. An additional benefit is the fact the treatment requires patients to harvest fat from another area of the body, which can further enhance the figure.

In short, a fat transfer breast augmentation is best suited for patients who want the minimal recovery period.

When to Consider a Traditional Breast Augmentation

Despite the substantial benefits of a fat transfer breast augmentation, a traditional breast augmentation is typically the better choice for most patients. This is because a traditional breast augmentation delivers much more predictable results. When a fat transfer is performed, not all of the fat survives the treatment. Even if your results look great the day after treatment, they may partially dissolve in the weeks and months that follow. Similarly, your body fat will naturally break down over time. This means that if the fat survives the initial transfer, it may still dissolve in the years that follow.

By using breast implants, these issues can be avoided. Patients can select the exact shape, size and material of their breast implants prior to their surgery. This gives them complete control in the outcome of their procedure, whereas a fat transfer may not produce the exact results you are hoping for. Additionally, breast implants are designed to be life-long devices. You don’t have to worry about the implants dissolving or fading over time. There are risks involved with implants, of course, but they can be easily managed by a responsible individual. Plus, if you’re discouraged by scarring, you needn’t be. With modern surgical techniques, incisions made for the breast augmentation procedure can be discreetly placed so that you are the only one who knows they’re there.

Which Breast Augmentation Technique is Right for Me?

Both the fat transfer breast augmentation and the traditional breast augmentation have their advantages, so it’s important to consider the decision carefully when planning your breast augmentation. If you need help determining which of these options is best for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beam.