Can Fat Be Sucked from Stomach and Injected into Breasts?
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Breast fat transfer
Stomach fat can be suctioned and injected into breasts
As you see there are very different view about this procedure. The recent position of the plastic surgery socirty has changed and advises to do this with CAUTION. I do not think that this should be done by every plastic surgeon at this time. I have done this for the last 4 years under a protocol with NIH.
I have more than 150 patients and most of the patients are implant failure patients . This group of patients have failled implat breast augmentation and I have removed the implants and performed fat injections. The other doctors that you can check for more information are Dr. Khouri in Miami and Dr. Coleman in NY.
Please do not let a non-qualified doctor to do fat injections.
Fat injections into the breasts carries risks you should know
Despite the fact thousands of breast augmentation procedures are performed very successfully with implants each year there has been an allure of fat grafting into the breast for natural breast augmentation. There are several series of patients from which we can draw that clearly show the risk of fat grafting or injection into the breast. Fat can be difficult to harvest without damage to the fat cells, and the 'take' or survival and success of the injected material has been unpredictable. The danger lies in the fact that the fat injected which does not survive will form cysts and lumps in the breast, and can form calcifications which make breast self examination and mammograms ineffective. These are our first lines of defense in the detection and early treatment of breast cancer. Once the fat injections are done, and the cysts or lumps develop there is no going back. Someday we may have better techniques to transfer the fat tissue into the breast, however at present considering the modest enhancement afforded by fat, and the risk of unreadable mammograms, implants are the clear winner in breast augmentation.
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Breast augmentation with fat
This is a really good question and a technique that is starting to gain some popularity: using a patient's own fat for a breast augmentation. While I think you can achieve a very nice cosmetic result with this technique, the problem that we have at the moment is that this technique may interfere with routine mammography, so that it is possible that it would be more difficult to catch breast cancers. As surgeons we need to take into account that 1 out of every 7 women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives, and we know that catching the cancer early improves our chance of a cure-- what I don't think we have yet are any large studies that prove that this technique does not interfere with the reading of the mammograms-- until we do, I would be very cautious with offering this procedure to patients.
Fat can be injected into breasts
Yes this can be done but the most increase in size is only 250 cc's per breast. Again as Dr A has stated it is very controversial topic. You will be signing off label use consent because it is not fully accepted here in US. More recently we are offering Stem Cell Enhanced Fat Grafts for Breast Enhancement. Fees start from $8000. Research and try and find someone who is doing this. Regards.
Fat grafting to breasts remains controversial
The idea of removing some fat from an area where you don't want it and putting into the breasts has been around for a long time. Because any fat that doesn't survive can leave calcuim specks and lumps, the procedure was actually condemned by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The ban has recently been lifted due to improved techniques, but it remains somewhat experimental.
One big issue is that the volume of fat required to acheive the same enlargement as an implant is quite a lot, and so multiple sessions may be required. Another is that although fat graft techniques are better than they used to be, there are still no uniformly practiced standards that guarantee complete survival of the grafted fat. This is something you need to think about carefully before making a decision.
Fat grafting to the breasts for augmentation or enlargement
Dr. Aldea has reviewed the critical issues here. The primary concern is that fat grafts to the breast may interfere with mammographic evaluation of the breast.
A select number of surgeons in France and Belgium have about 10 years experience with relatively good results whereas two surgeons in the US (one in Manhattan and the other in Miami) are currently evaluating this technique with promising preliminary results. Most plastic surgeons are awaiting the reports of these pioneers early surgical procedures.
Fat Grafting to the Breasts
It is really NOT a question of CAN it be done but rather one of SHOULD it be done and more importantly, SHOULD YOU have it done.
Fat grafting to the breasts is a controversial procedure. Although through the efforts of one surgeon in Florida it is slowly becoming more accepted, the vast majority of Plastic surgeons are not doing it.
The odds that a woman will have breast cancer in her lifetime is over 1 in 11 women. In other words 1 in 10 women will have it. The problem with fat grafting is that regardless of "the best" handling, a major portion of the fat transferred dies and can result in scarring and calcifications which COULD be confusing to radiologists and surgeons when looking for possible cancer.
With breast augmentation surgery being so common, I would be reluctant to recommend fat transfer.
Dr. P. Aldea
Fat transfer breast augmentation
Can Fat Be Sucked from Stomach and Injected into Breasts?
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