Replacing Breast Implants with Fat Transfer: Important Facts to Consider

Photo of breast implants vs fat transfer LocateADocFat transfers are a new option in the world of plastic surgery that has gained the attention of both industry experts and potential patients. There are success stories of transferring a patients own fat cells from the thigh or another area where there are an abundance of these cells to the face, breast, buttocks, or other remote area.

As more and more surgeons have experimented with the technique over the last few years, many have reported very positive results. Stories of these successes have led to some women asking if they should have their breast implants removed and then have their bosoms filled out through fat transfer. If you are in a situation like this, be sure to understand the facts.

1) Breast implants have been heavily tested and proven safe.

Plastic surgeons have been using this procedure for decades, with consistently positive results. The industry has closely regulated the types of inserts available and ensured they are safe for patients. There are few safety concerns when it comes to this common plastic surgery procedure. On the other hand, fat grafting is a relatively new procedure. While no major health concerns have appeared to date, long-term testing has not been done to confirm its safety for patients.

2) They give uniform, long-lasting results.

Patients of traditional breast procedures enjoy uniform size and positioning after getting inserts. They last for many years, in some cases even 20 years or a lifetime. Some fat cells that are involved in a transfer do not survive the procedure, which could lead to uneven cup sizes, lumps, and other issues.

3) A fat transfer can lead to the formation of excessive scar tissue.

Early research indicates that this extra scar tissue looks similar to dangerous cancer cell masses in the chest. This may lead to difficulty in identifying cancer during a routine mammogram and other screening for patients down the road.

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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.

  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports Americans spend nearly $10 billion on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments every year. However, it’s not the elite of Hollywood that are spending big bucks to achieve their ideal figures or youthful look. Doctors say that most of plastic surgery patients are actually middle-class moms who want to take years of their appearance.

  • Plastic surgery continues to be the answer for many celebrities who want to maintain their youthful looks. Many stars have successfully taken decades off their appearance thanks to plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures including Botox, facelifts, and eyebrow lifts. More extensive procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lifts, liposuction, and body lifts can also help to keep the body looking trim, toned, and youthful. Of course, many celebrities also adhere to a strict diet and work out regularly, and turn to pricey beauty treatments and products to take good care of their skin.