Fat Injections for Breast Augmentation Under Scrutiny

injectionFat injections and fat grafting techniques are becoming increasingly popular options for filling out facial lines and recently, enhancing the breasts.  Many facial and plastic surgeons prefer to use the patient's fat cells to contour and sculpt different areas of the body; the procedure involves extracting the fat from areas such as the thighs, abdomen and buttocks and then transferring it to another area of the body for easy adaptation.

Many women who do not want to undergo extensive breast augmentation surgery are also considering fat grafts for breast enhancement.   The procedure invovles injecting fat from the thighs or stomach directly into the breasts, and offers immediate results and natural-looking breasts.  However, some researchers suggest that the risks of this type of treatment may outweigh the benefits.

The Sun Times recently reported on the issue, explaining that the controversy of fat grafts stirred up a heated debate at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference in Chicago earlier this Fall.  Critics of the procedure say that there is not enough data available to suggest that fat injections in the breast tissue are actually safe or effective. Researchers will need to continue testing these types of treatments and assessing whether there are any long-term side effects to consider with this type of fat transfer process.

Dr. William P. Adams Jr, a plastic surgeon from Texas points out that the process of extracting fat with liposuction and then converting it into an injection may be more costly and even more complex than the conventional breast enhancement procedure. (Source: Sun Times)

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is currently investigating the viability of fat grafts for breast augmentation, but does concur that fat injections can work well as facial fillers and for making minor changes to the body. Current acceptable uses for fat injections include buttocks augmentation, wrinkle reduction for the face, and skin enhancements around the neck and jaw area.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.