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Choosing Between Breast Implants and Fat Grafting

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Breast augmentations are some of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed worldwide. However, until recently, implants were the only option to enhance breast size. With modern advancements, new options for breast augmentation have been made available to suit a wide variety of patients. At Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang offers the two primary options for breast augmentation – breast implants and fat grafting, also known as fat transfer.

Fat grafting is a more recent innovation that allows surgeons to remove unwanted body fat and transfer it to the breasts for a subtle enhancement. Both procedures can deliver beautiful, natural results for the right patient. The question is, which one is right for you?

Keep reading to learn more about the differences between breast implants and fat grafting in Tampa, FL, and the best candidates for each treatment.

How are breast implants different from fat grafting?

When people talk about breast augmentation, they’re typically referring to a procedure that requires breast implants. Breast implant surgery is the most common type of breast augmentation and aims to rebuild or increase breast size.

During breast implant surgery, an incision is made under the breast, in the armpit, or around the areola. Then, the implant is inserted, and the incision is closed with stitches. Finally, the patient is wrapped in supportive bandages and fitted with a special bra to promote a fast and comfortable recovery.

Artificial implants can be made with either saline or silicone. Each has its advantages. However, both options are highly customizable and come in various sizes to allow for anything from a slight, natural boost to a dramatic increase in breast size.

Pros of breast implants

  • Long-lasting results

  • Wide variety of size options

  • Easily removed

  • Immediate, visible results

  • Backed by decades of research

Cons of breast implants

  • Risk of leakage and rupture

  • Larger, more visible scarring than fat grafting

  • Longer recovery time

  • An invasive procedure requiring general anesthesia

In contrast, fat grafting is a special procedure that allows Dr. Mang to enlarge the breasts without using an implant. The primary goal of fat grafting is to reconstruct the breasts, and correct defects, while also enhancing the size and shape. Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure and does not require general anesthesia. However, the treatment does not deliver the same dramatic results as breast implants. Instead, fat grafting offers a more natural, subtle enhancement to the breasts.

The fat grafting procedure involves two steps. First, unwanted body fat is removed from other areas of the body, such as the belly, thighs, and buttocks, using liposuction. Then, after the extracted fat has been purified, it is injected into the breasts to give them a more flattering shape and size.

Pros of fat grafting

  • No foreign object implanted in the body

  • Little to no scarring

  • Fast recovery time

  • Little to no scarring

  • More natural look and feel

  • Minimally invasive procedure

Cons of fat grafting

  • Can’t achieve a dramatic increase in breast size

  • Not as long-lasting as implants; fat may be absorbed and die

  • Not suitable for particularly slim patients

Who is a good candidate for breast implants?

Generally, any patient with good physical and mental health and realistic expectations for surgery is a good candidate for breast implant surgery. The FDA also requires that breast implant patients in Tampa, FL be at least 18 years old for saline implants and at least 22 years old for silicone. If you’re hoping for a substantial size increase, breast implants are likely the best choice for you.

Who is a good candidate for fat grafting?

The best candidates for breast augmentation using fat grafting are those looking for a reasonably small, subtle increase in breast size. Essentially, if implants seem like too dramatic of a change, fat grafting may be a great alternative.

Ideal candidates for fat grafting are women who have small breasts with good fat deposits in different areas of their bodies. For example, patients with excess fat around the hips and abdomen are excellent candidates for this procedure. In addition, women whose breasts are asymmetrical or depressed may also benefit from fat grafting.

Treatment options for breast augmentation in Tampa, FL

The most important factors to consider before scheduling a breast enhancement procedure are your personal goals for treatment. Consulting a surgeon can help confirm that your goals are realistic and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery with years of experience helping women achieve fuller breasts and a more flattering overall physique. If you’re interested in breast augmentation procedures in Tampa, FL, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.