Is it possible to have breast augmentation without using breast implants? This has long been a dream for some women who want to increase the size of their breasts. While many happy patients are completely satisfied with the natural look and feel of their breast implants, some women simply prefer a result that is 100 percent natural and made of their own tissue.
So, let's go over some of the benefits and drawbacks you should think about if this surgery is appealing to you.
How Does Fat Transfer Work?
This means that liposuction is the first step in the procedure. Your surgeon will remove fat from troublesome areas such as the tummy, love handles, and thighs (or a combo of desired areas). This fat must then be meticulously processed and prepared for re-injection into your body.
Your end result accomplishes two distinct goals. It sculpts and contours your waist and thighs while increasing the size and shape of your breasts.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation
Consider the overall look and feel you want breast augmentation to provide you with and keep that image in mind as you go through this list.
The BenefitsThe Benefits
Because you are using your own tissue, your body is already familiar with it, which reduces the risk of some complications associated with breast augmentation (no risk of capsular contracture, for instance)
Small incisions (under 4mm) result in very little scarring.
Additional advantages of body contouring if you want to sculpt other areas of your body.
Initial recovery is typically faster and more comfortable than with breast implants, though swelling will likely persist in the weeks following and you may experience bruising from the liposuction.
It's a great option for those who are adamant about not using implants; breast augmentation with fat transfer is sometimes referred to as "natural breast augmentation."
The DrawbacksThe Drawbacks
There are volume limitations, probably to a maximum of about one full cup size, and it will require you to have enough excess fat for liposuction; if you want a more dramatic result or are naturally very lean, this may not be your best option.
The overall cost of breast augmentation with fat is higher due to the addition of liposuction and what is required to prepare the fat for injection.
Fat survival can be unpredictable, but roughly 50-70 percent of cells can be expected to survive.
If fat survival is erratic, it has the potential to cause asymmetry (though not significantly due to the modest overall enhancement)
If you have additional concerns, such as sagging, fat transfer will not solve them; however, as with any breast augmentation procedure, you can incorporate a breast lift into your procedure.
The Bottom LineThe Bottom Line
If you want a modest breast enhancement with little to no scarring and additional body contouring, this could be a great procedure for you. We would probably recommend implants if you want a more dramatic result for your breasts while still looking completely natural. And, if you want significant enhancement and, in particular, great cleavage, combining both of these procedures can work wonders, especially if you're naturally very lean and your breast tissue has less fat to begin with.