What Types of Breast Implants Use Body Fat, Instead of Silicone?

Is it true that this type of surgery is safer for people with allergies to synthetic materials?

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Using a person's own fat to enlarge the breasts is an intriguing new approach

to breast augmentation, but the technique has not yet gained wide acceptance in the plastic surgery community.  Implants in the United States are filled with saline (by the surgeon at the time of the breast augmentation) or filled with silicone gel by the manufacturer.  There are no implants that are filled with body fat.  Microfat injections using a careful technique to preserve the fat that is harvested from a patient, and then injecting that fat into another area of the body is a commonly accepted technique.  It has been used to fill hollow areas in the face, under scars, and in the breasts following mastectomy and reconstruction to supplement an implant or flap.  The use of fat to primarily augment the breast in place of an implant for cosmetic augmentation has its proponenets, and may prove to be an effective methodology in the coming years.  Be sure to seek the guidance of an experienced breast surgeon who is knowledgeable about this technique before proceeding...

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Implants with body fat

There are no breast implants filled with body fat.  Fat transfer may used in certain cases around an implant to help comouflage rippling of the implants or to fill in a defect around the implant.  There are also some surgeons augmenting small breasts with fat alone and no implant.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic  Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants fillew with fat

There are no implants that have the patient's fat in them.  You  may be thinking ot fat grafting to enhance the breast.  This is still pretty experimental with no long term studies showing that this is safe and reliable.

Steven Wallach, MD
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Breast Implants Filled with Fat?

Currently breast implants are only filled with either saline or silicone. However directly placing fat into the breasts is a technique that has grown in popularity recently. The technique of fat grafting requires the correct harvesting technique and injection technique to ensure the greatest survival of the transplanted fat cells. There are definite benefits to both traditional breast implants as well as the use of fat. My opinion is that the fat grafting technique works best in women desiring smaller enlargements and for whom silicone is not an option. If selected properly patients undergoing fat transfer to the breasts will be satisfied with the improvement. Best of Luck  Dr Harrell

Jon F. Harrell, DO
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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No Implants for Transfer of Fat

There are no implants on the market which are made to have fat transferred into them for use as a Breast Implant.  Storing fat inside implants would not be safe, as there would be no nutrients or oxygen to keep the fat from becoming rancid. Many substances have been tried over the decades, and saline and silicone gel have maintained their prominence and longevity for good reason.

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Fat grafting not Fat Filled Implants

You are probably referring to fat grafting for breast augmentation; this is an alternative to breast augmentation with implants. This uses your own fat grafted using microinjection techniques.

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants do NOT contain Fat

There are NO fat containing breast implants out there. It has repeatedly been shown ovewr 100 years of experience, that with few exception most things injected into the breast (such as candle wax, glass, nylon sponges, grease, silicone etc) will be poorly tolerated and have to come out. An implant containing peanut oil was briefly allowed on the European market and had to quickly be withdrawn.

While implants containing salt water or silicone gel are safe - there are no good implants with other fillers. On the other hand, if you are willing to have your breast expanded with nightly suction (BRAVA), you may wish to have your breasts augmented with your OWN fat. No implants.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Fat Not Used in Breast Implants

Fat is not incorporated into any breast implant - they are made of silicone or saline. Fat may be injected into the breast. This is a separate type of procedure and is still somewhat controversial.

Brian Klink, MD
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No breast implants contain fat

Breast implants are either saline filled or silicone gel filled.  There are none filled with fat.  Fat can be injected into the breast but this is still controversial.

Breast Implant Composed of Body Fat?

Thank you for the question.

There are no implants that use body fat. You may have heard of fat injections. All breast implants currently used have a silicone coating.

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