Implants vs. Fat Transfer: Choosing Your Breast Augmentation

Posted on April 10, 2018 under Breast Procedures

You might have decided on a breast augmentation procedure, but haven’t decided what kind you want. That’s okay— each have their own benefits for different results, so make sure to ask any questions you might have during your consultation. In the meantime, here’s some information on two common types of augmentations so you know what your options are.

How do Implants work?

Implant procedures are fairly straightforward— an incision is made, and the implant is placed within it. However, this procedure comes with a number of decisions and options. Firstly, the implants can be either saline- or silicone-filled and will produce different results when it comes to look and feel. Saline implants can generally be placed within a smaller incision, while silicone implants are known for feeling very natural. Secondly, different kinds of incisions exist, and certain ones can be complimentary to your anatomy and implant choice. The most common are around the nipple, underneath the breast crease, or within the armpit. Lastly, the implants can be placed above or below the chest muscle, and each will give different feel and projection. Implants that are below the muscle generally have a more natural feel and movement, but those above have better projection and less pain during recovery. Implants might be an effective option for you if you want a significant enhancement to your breasts.

How does Fat Transfer work?

The most common fat transfer procedure is the Brazilian Butt Lift, but the same technique can be applied to the breasts. This procedure begins with Liposuction and removes fat from areas like the buttocks, stomach, hips, or thighs, which tend to have a higher fat content. Because the fat needs to be able to be transferred, the traditional liposuction method must be used as opposed to other Liposuction techniques. After the incision is closed, the fat is then treated and prepared to be injected, meaning any other fluids that accompany it are removed. Using a needle, the fat is then injected into the breasts in a way that creates natural-looking, symmetrical results. Because some of the fat cells are killed during removal or injection, you can expect some loss of volume as the body absorbs them as waste. This type of augmentation is effective if you want a natural, subtle enhancement to your breasts. While you might have greater control over your size and shape with implants, fat transfer offers long-term results with little hassle or maintenance.

Dr. Basile can discuss the specifics of these procedures with you during your consultation and determine the best treatment plan for you. To schedule a consultation, contact our office at (904) 701-1927.

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