NaturalFill To Increase Breast Size- Too Good To Be True?
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Facts about Fat Grafting - vs Opinion
In a recently published study in the June 2011 issue of the Journal of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery, we demonstrated, using MRI measurements, a 250cc average increase in breast size, or a doubling of breast size (116% increase) using fat transplantation.
These and other objective findings in our published study differ from many of the opinions you are reading on this string about fat transplantation. See the embedded video and attached link to study. Certainly, there is alot of controversy on this topic, but there is also too much opinion and we need to give patients more facts.
Daniel Del Vecchio, MD
Fat grafting is a valuable tool in breast surgery. This technique has gained more popularity over the past 7 years. There are many techniques used to harvest the fat, process the fat and then re-inject the fat. Conventional suction lipectomy is performed with a small diameter cannula, processed by separating the liquid and fibrous tissue from the fat, and then placed into syringes for re-injection or through a closed system.
Increasing Breast Size
Yes, it's too good to be true. Some guy decides to slap a trademark name on fat grafting and it's a new and exciting procedure. It's not. The reality is they will do liposuction and inject the fat back into your breasts. It's likely they won't wash the fat, strain it to reduce it to a small product and will inject as much as they can knowing that most of it will be reabsorbed by the body because it never got blood supply and died.
Fat grafting only works in areas of good blood supply and when the amount of fat is suitable for that blood supply to keep the fat alive. Be smart and go with the most safe and reliable solution-implants. All studies have indicated that breast implant are, and have always been, safe.
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Fat transfer to the breast has limits but can work
The idea of taking your own fat from where you have extra and putting it into the breasts has been around for a long time, but the idea of giving it a brand name is new (NaturalFill? Really? Come on.) Although the procedure was considered risky when first introduced, it is now beginning to be done more commonly due to improved methods and more science. The maximum "take" per breast is about 200-250 cc however, which is equivalent to a smaller than average breast implant. Go to a plastic surgeon experienced with this rather than looking for the best deal.
NaturaFil breast augmentation
this is a new term for fat injections to the breast in order to make it sound new and improved. In most cases, as not all of the fat that is injected survives, it will need to be done more than once. You can figure on keeping at most 50% of the amount injected and injecting larger amounts initially will not increase the retention, typically, if it is going to work, a series of 2-3 injections done months apart is needed. Also, including the term stem cells in the procedure is hype, where they are claiming they are helped by stem cells but the evidence of how many stem cells exist in the fat injected is still hard to quantify.
Fat Transfer to the breast becoming more popular
Apart from "branded" names for the procedure, fat transfer to the breast is effective in increasing your breast size by a variable amount. The actual amount of breast size increase depends on:
- Your breast type and size. Smaller breasts can take less graft tissue but retain the most, with the greatest "cup" size increase
- The availability of fat to transfer. This fat has to be of good quality, preferably from areas of compact, healthy tissue.
- The fat tissue has to be procured with extreme care and transferred with excellent technique for the best results.
In our results, some fat "goes away" but most of it is retained with a pleasant 1/2 to 1 cup size increase. Experience of the surgeon and track record (with follow up mammograms) is essential.
Fat Grafting to the Breast
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Fat Grafting Task Force gathered many fine minds together to evaluate the safety of transferring fat to the breast. The procedure has been shown to be safe, in that it does not interfere with screening for breast cancer and does not pose risk to cancer survivors. The limitations of the technique are that only a small increase in size can be accomplished at one stage and that the amount of tissue that will "take" with a good blood supply is unpredictable. Often there is an improvement in breast shape without significant increase in size. I like this procedure for the right woman. Make sure you are fully informed of its limitations and that it is a wise choice for you. Good luck.
Natural fill and fat grafts for breast augmentation
Fat grafting for breast augmentation has been around a very long time, and natural fill is a marketing term for a well known procedure. The results from fat grafting are modest, perhaps a half cup size, and are often associated with breast cysts and calcifications which can make the mammogram and breast self examination a difficult proposition. Not really such a bargain. We would suggest a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Best of luck, peterejohnsonmd
Fat grafting to the breast works but you need to find the right surgeon
The idea of using fat for breast enhancement is very appealing and challenging. The concerns about the cyst and calcification's post injection are valid and need to be discussed with the patient. You need to make sure that the surgeon is board certified plastic surgeon(not cosmetic, dentist or ER physician). I been doing the fat grafting for the last 5 years and have done follow up studies registered with NIH. You need to do you search and find the right surgeon.
You have the right idea - if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
You have the right idea - if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Breast implant surgery has been around for about 50+ years. During that time, the implants and surgical procedures have improved tremendously. I would guess that the average price for silicone implants is $10,000 or so in the NYC region Some surgeons are more expensive than others.
You are looking into a new procedure that takes fat from one area on your body and injects it into the breasts. Most of this fat then goes away. I have seen less than a one cup size increase that lasts for a short period of time. Also you can get cysts from the injected fat and calcifications that can mimic cancer when seen on x-rays. As a lot of the fat does not live, you can get infections and hard breasts.
If my wife or daughter wanted breast enhancement, I would only do implants not fat injections. When only one or two doctors do a procedure, you need to ask yourself why this is not widespread, that is because it is only experimental and not recommended by many skilled competent plastic surgeons.
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