Breast augmentation through the use of breast implants is the most popular procedure for women looking to change the shape or size of their breasts. However, in recent years, fat transfer to the breasts has become an increasingly popular treatment for women to add volume to the breasts. During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the differences between these two procedures and help you make an informed decision on which is best for you based on your goals. Female board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kristi Hustak, provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.
Breast implants can be made of either silicone gel or saline, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Implants are used to increase volume, augment shape, or to reconstruct the breasts after a mastectomy. Breast implants are placed either under or over the chest muscle with incisions made in concealed areas, such as under the arm, under the crease of the breast, or around the areola.
Fat transfer to the breasts is a two part procedure in which fat is first harvested from another area of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen. After the fat is harvested, it is transferred to the breasts to increase volume. Fat transfer gives the breasts a natural feel, as opposed to breast implants. This procedure is desirable since it both sculpts the body by removing fat from the donor area, in addition to adding volume to the breasts.
Which Procedure is Better?
Since breast implants are available in many shapes and sizes, they are easily tailored to fit the needs of any patient and results are more predictable and reliable. Patients using breast implants will have immediate results, and are guaranteed to have moderate to full volume enlargement, based on the size of the implants selected. Natural fat obtained from fat grafting is not as easy to shape and mold when augmenting the breasts, and results will be subtle and natural looking. Fat grafting for breast enlargement is not ideal for women looking to increase their breast size by more than half a cup size.
There is always a risk of complications following breast augmentation with implants, regardless of how skilled your surgeon is. Breast implants will also need to be removed or replaced after a number of years. With fat transfer, the body may absorb the fat and the patient may require another procedure to augment the breasts again. Fat grafting is entirely natural and inherently safer, as it does not involve the use of an artificial implant. Female board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kristi Hustak, provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.
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