Breast Implants or Fat Transfer: Which is Right for You?
By Julio Clavijo-Alvarez M.D. on February 04, 2016
At ReNova Plastic Surgery, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez offers both breast augmentation using breast implants and natural breast augmentation using fat transfer (a process that removes fat from another part of the body via liposuction, refines the fat, and then injects it into the breasts). In this blog post, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez discusses which one might be ideal for you, based on your surgery goals and body type.
When Breast Implants Might Be a Good Choice
Do you want a more dramatic increase in your breast size — say, more than one cup size? Do you have a thinner body type? If the answer to one or both of these questions is yes, then breast implants may be the better choice for you. The advantages of using breast implants over fat transfer are that breast implants can add more volume, provide a better breast shape and allow you to create better symmetry between the breasts (especially when one breast starts out larger than the other).
The use of breast implants also allows you more control over the final size of your breasts than fat transfer. This is because between 50 and 80 percent of the fat transferred to the breasts will be reabsorbed by the body, whereas breast implants won’t change in size or shape over time — even if you gain or lose weight. And if you are slim and have no excess fat to harvest and use for fat transfer, using breast implants is a more realistic option.
When Fat Transfer May Be Right for You
Are your dream breasts just a little bigger than they are right now? Do you have “problem areas” of extra fat on your body that you want to get rid of? If you are looking for a more subtle increase in breast size (one cup size, for example) and you have extra fat on your body, then the natural breast augmentation procedure using fat transfer may be the better option for you.
Some women, especially those with smaller breasts who just want a bit more added volume, prefer the more natural feel of their breasts with fat, instead of an implant, added to them. (Other women, however, may feel that silicone implants mimic the look and feel of natural breasts just as well if not better than fat.) Natural breast augmentation also eliminates the risks involved with placing a foreign object (breast implant) in the body. These risks, though rare, include more serious and uncomfortable problems like capsular contracture (where scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it harden) and rippling, when wrinkles on the surface of the implant can be seen through the skin.
And if a woman has extra fat bulges on her body that she wants to smooth out, the natural breast augmentation procedure is like two body enhancement procedures in one: the slimming, smoothing effects of liposuction coupled with the breast-plumping effects of breast augmentation, for an all around sexier shape.
Call to Schedule Your Consultation
Would you like to discuss your breast enhancement options further with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez? Why not schedule a consultation with him by calling ReNova Plastic Surgery at (412) 638-2391.
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