Women who do not want to undergo breast augmentation and breast reconstruction surgery may now have an attractive to silicone and saline implants. After much debate over the safety and effectiveness of fat injections, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has confirmed that liposuctioned fat may be a good alternative to breast implants. Results of a new study were presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Plastic Surgery 2009 Conference in October, and research pointed to the efficacy and safety surrounding fat injections in breast tissue.
Testing was performed on 50 women between the ages of 17 to 63. Five of the women had two grafting procedures, while the others had just one grafting procedure. Fat was extracted from various parts of the body including the upper thighs, hips and abdomen, and then re-injected into the breasts. In some cases, a graft was performed so that the skin could expand easily from the extra tissue. Each patient returned for a follow up test at the 9 month, three year and five year mark, and researchers report a high satisfaction rate and an average increase in breast volume between the 6 month to 12 month mark (approximately less than a full cup size). The overall success rate for this innovative fat grafting technique was 85%. (Source: eMaxHealth.com)
While this procedure presents a number of benefits and some new options for women seeking breast augmentation, it does have some drawbacks. If the woman was to gain or lose a significant amount of weight, the effects of the fat graft would become obsolete. Researchers also pointed out that natural changes in breast volume because of hormones, stress and other issues, would result in less than desirable results.
Demand for breast augmentation procedures continues to be strong in the United States and overseas. In 2008, more than 307,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States alone.