Are Breast Implants Safer Than Fat Transfer for Breasts?
- Asked by magic11 in Alabama
- 3 years ago
Are Breast implants really safe? I'm 44 and always wanted larger breasts, especially after breast feeding two children (I lost what volume I had). I'm torn about having implants however.
So many women say they have become ill from them and my grandmother had an autoimmune disease thus I may have a genetic predisposition for such, thus I worry whether I should have the implants or try the Fat transfer augmentation method.
Are Breast Implants Safer Than Fat Transfer for Breasts?
This is not an easy answer. The complications of breast implants are better understood than the complications of fat transfer to the breast since it is a relabively novel practice.
Breast Implant Safety
The studies have been done and all the accusations of breast implants causing autoimmune problems never proved true.
At this point this is the only safe way to enlarge the breasts. Fat grafting is being done but it is a bit risky as we dont know what it will do when it comes to breast cancer screening. Also, fat grafting has its limits as far as size goes and its limits are at the small scale.
Hope that helps.
Safety of fat transfer to breasts
I think that the question that needs answered is whether or not fat transfer is safe. We know the safety of breast implants. What we do not know is how fat transfers will affect future mammography of the breasts. Calcifications from non viable fat may produce a need for breast biopsies or increase the difficulty in reading mammograms.
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Breast Implants or Fat Injection
Multiple studies have conclusively proven the safety of breast implants. This includes proving that they do not cause autoimmune disease. Fat injection, on the other hand, does not have enough data yet to prove whether it is safe. Even if it is eventually proven safe, the technique does not add significant size to the breasts.
Breast implants are very safe
Safety of fat transfer vs. Implants for breast enlargement
Breast Augmentation with implants has been around for a long time and is safe. There is no link to autoimmune disease, so you should be fine. Also, you should be seen by a plastic surgeon and evaluated. You may also want to consult with an immunologist to see if you have any autoimmune time bombs.
Safety isn't really the issue for breast implants vs. fat transfer
It is truly remarkable that people are still talking about autoimmune disease and implants, since any questions about a possible association were dispelled by several large studies in the 1990's. Even the National Instututes of Health have confirmed, in a detailed response to a request from Congress, that medical grade silicone is non-toxic and doesn't cause disease conditions.
Fat grafting, though it has had a controversial history (it was formally banned by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for 20 years) seems to be on the verge of a comeback. Here is a list of pros and cons:
- Implants allow for precise determination of size and dimensions in one operation
- Fat grafting may take several sessions and there is an upper limit to how much can be done
- Fat grafting might require a period of skin expansion with a BRAVA device, which many find cumbersome and inconvenient
- Since fat grafting is not commonly done, few plastic surgeons have much experience with it in breasts
Bottom line is that the decision shouldn't be based on a presumption that silicone implants may cause autoimmune disease.
Breast implants much better than fat transfer.
Breast implants are completely safe. It is not that fat transfer is unsafe. It's just that it is very hard to get enough breast augmentation with fat, and how much lasts is unpredictable.
Breast Implants have Absolutely no Association with Autoimmune Disease
Breast implants, at this point, are the most thoroughly researched medical device in existence. There has been an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence developed around the world by scientists and doctors alike proving that they do not cause or complicate autoimmune disease, breast cancer, or any other illness.
With regard to the fat grafting issue, this technique (while very successful for buttock augmentation) is not (in my opinion) safe to be using on the breasts yet. The reason is that the breasts, unlike the buttock, are prone to cancer, and injecting fatty tissue into the area, which when it scars may look a lot like breast cancer on mammograms, may not be in your best interests.
In other words, the concerns you express over the safety of breast implants are more significant for fat grafting of the breasts.
If you would be happier with larger breasts, find a surgeon you are comfortable with and proceed with confidence. They are not perfect and all surgery has risks, but patient satisfaction with breast augmentation and the popularity of the procedure have been on the rise for years because the operation and the devices are safe, and effective in achieving the patient's goals.
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Fat Transfer can fill only small amount for the breasts
Great question. This is one of the hottest topics in Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery. In fact there is a course being given in Miami in late Jan or early Feb. My opinion is it comes down to size. The Fat transfer can ONLY fill a small amount, less than 200 cc's. Plus the fat injections MUST be deep into the pectoral muscle and its fascia. Vs an saline or silicone implant fills up more of the volume. In fact my average size implant is between 350 cc's to 400 cc's. This gives a real increase in size. I hope other expert posters add to this discussion. So we all can learn. Regards.
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