April 30, 2013, Dallas, TX- Liposuction and breast augmentations are two of the most widely preformed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. and widely sought after in Texas.
For some women the thought of using fat removed from one area or their body to augment their breasts or add curves to their hips and buttocks is very appealing, but what some may question what are the benefits and some or the risks?
Earlier this year survey of British Plastic Surgeons revealed that more and more patients are opting to have fat injections instead of synthetic materials such as silicone and saline. In the UK fat transfers increased by 13 percent in 2012 alone.
In the U.S., liposuction is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, only eclipsed by breast augmentations and facial cosmetic fillers. Though breast augmentation and reconstructions are common, some women, who would normally have the procedure, are reluctant to do so because they are skeptical of saline or silicone breast implants, instead favoring something more natural.
Fat transfers are not a new procedure by any means, but in recent years it has become more common for plastic surgeons to use this procedure to augment the breasts and buttocks. Fat from liposuction can also be used as facial fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
Doctors have used fat transfers in the breasts, buttocks, and other regions of the body since the 80s, and the procedure has minimal risks, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Those minor risks can include the development of cysts, calcification, and tissue scarring. These same risks can be observed in women, who have not had a fat transfers, and the main issue with these abnormalities is they were once hard to detect on a mammography, making it difficult for doctors to distinguish between calcifications from fat transfer, and those caused by unhealthy cells. But medical equipment has vastly improved minimizing the past concerns.
Another risk involved is that in some instances, the cells from fat transferred from one area to the other may not survive, according to the ASAPS. While this doesn’t pose a serious health risk, it may not give a patient the immediate results.
Plastic surgeons have over the years refined fat transfer techniques, allowing them to gently remove the fat ensuring it survives the process. That fat is then injected into the breast or buttocks with multiple syringes at different points in the area, leading to less scarring.
One of the primary downfalls of fat transfer for breast augmentation is that the patient can only augment their breast by one size. This is enough for many women especially if they prefer the idea of using a natural material, but those who want to go up one or more cup sizes should consider saline or silicone implants.
There are pros and cons to any type of breast augmentation procedure whether a patient chooses a fat transfer or implants. A patient can only know which procedure is right for them once they have a through consultation with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffery Adelglass, who has skillfully utilized fat transfers to give his patients the curves they want. If you need more information on fat transfers contact Dr. Adelglass’ state of the art facility in Dallas.