Summary: Fat grafting is an incredibly popular plastic surgery approach. But is a fat graft the right approach for your breast augmentation? It’s a question that largely depends on what you want to get out of your breast enhancement procedure. As with any technique or approach, there are certain advantages and trade offs to a fat graft breast augmentation. That’s why many surgeons still stick with silicone implants.
Is Fat Graft the Right Approach for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Fat graft breast augmentation procedures seem all the rage these days—everyone’s talking about them. But a fat graft the right approach for your breast augmentation? Will it be able to achieve the results you desire? There is certainly room for debate on that particular topic.
Because fat graft breast augmentation is trending, it’s easy to put it into the “miracle cure” category. Sometimes with popular procedures we fall into the trap of thinking it can do anything, deliver any result. But that’s really not the case with fat graft breast augmentation.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful procedure. But it’s not a miracle cure and it’s not going to be the right choice every single time. So is a fat graft breast augmentation the right approach for you? Let’s discuss the possibilities.
What is Fat Graft Breast Augmentation?
It should be noted first and foremost that this blog is not intended to replace or contradict advice from a highly qualified plastic surgeon. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not pretending to be! However, I have compiled the latest research and findings in a way that, I hope, makes this topic easier to understand.
Let’s start off by actually defining what a fat graft breast augmentation is. Essentially, a fat graft breast augmentation involves removing fat from one area of the body and injecting into the breasts, thereby increasing the breasts’ volume.
The mechanism and technique is not all that different from a Brazilian Butt Lift, which uses fat grafting to increase the volume and control the shape of the buttocks. As with any other plastic surgery procedure, a fat graft breast augmentation has some very definite benefits and drawbacks—meaning the decision whether fat graft is right for your breast augmentation is largely about carefully weighing your options.
Benefits of a Fat Graft Breast Augmentation
The benefits of a fat graft breast augmentation tend to come in a couple of different ways:
- Two-for-One Benefit: Any fat graft procedure requires liposuction. So, in many ways, one benefit of a fat graft breast augmentation is that you get a two-for-one: you get more control over how your body looks in the end.
- Natural Look and Feel: Because fat graft procedures are using your own tissues to generate results, your new breasts will look and feel quite natural, especially when compared to other implant options.
- Minimally Invasive Approach: Fat graft breast augmentation procedures require only very minimal incisions. This means that you likely won’t have to worry about scar tissue—especially around the breasts.
Sometimes, More Traditional Implants are Superior
While fat graft breast augmentation procedures do indeed have these benefits, the technique is not for everyone. Indeed, there are some very good reasons why a more traditional approach may actually yield better results. (Although, it’s not as though the “traditional” approach is somehow stagnant or outdates—surgeons are always improving techniques and suppliers are always improving implants.)
In most cases, a saline or silicone implant will be used for a breast augmentation procedure. Silicone is the most common implant type (even taking fat graft into consideration). And there are good reasons.
First and foremost, fat graft breast augmentation results can be difficult to predict. Not all of the fat injected will take to its new home. Surgeons have gotten pretty good at preserving the fat through this process, but it’s not perfect yet. However, even this small degree of unpredictability makes some surgeons (for among other reasons) feel a bit iffy about fat graft breast augmentation.
It’s also worth comparing the recovery period after each type of breast augmentation procedure. Now, each recovery period will have its unique challenges. After a silicone implant, for example, you’ll have the traditional recovery period—your body will heal and you’ll check in with your surgeon.
But after a fat graft procedure, you’ll have to be exceptionally careful. Any bumping, compression, or trauma to the breasts will have significant adverse effects on your end results. At the same time, you’ll have to help your body heal when recovering from your liposuction procedure. It can be a lot for a patient to think about.
Making the Right Choice for Your Body
There’s no real right answer here. Much will depend on what combination of advantages and drawbacks ends up being right for you and your body. One thing that’s for sure, though, is that the best way to find out what will deliver the results you want is to talk to your plastic surgeon.
I know, I know, that sounds like kind of a canned answer. But there’s truth in it. Talking to a highly qualified plastic surgeon (preferably one that’s board certified) means you’ll get personalized answers: answers that fit your body. So you can finally know if fat graft is the right approach for your breast augmentation.