For many women, the idea of breast augmentation is an exciting prospect. There are two main procedures for this, breast implants and fat grafting to the breast. Both can achieve beautiful results, but understanding the differences between them is important when making a decision. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each procedure.
Joel Aronowitz, MD says breast implants are a popular option for breast augmentation because they are quick, effective, and long-lasting. The procedure itself typically takes 1-2 hours and involves inserting silicone or saline implants into the chest area through incisions either under or around the breasts. This is done under general anesthetic and you will be able to see your new shape immediately after surgery. The implants should last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
The biggest drawback to breast implants is that they can feel unnatural because they are made from synthetic materials. This means that it may take time for your body to adjust to them and you may experience discomfort during recovery. In addition, there are potential risks associated with any surgical procedure including infection, bleeding, pain, and scarring. It’s also important to be aware that if you choose silicone implants, regular MRI scans will be required to check for any issues with the implant such as rupture or leakage.
Fat Grafting To Breast Procedure
Fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) involves taking fat from other parts of your body such as your stomach or thighs using liposuction techniques and then injecting it into your breasts in order to add volume. Unlike breast implants which involve synthetic materials being inserted into your body, fat grafting uses natural material which makes it much less likely that you will experience any discomfort or rejection of the material by your body. It also means that there is no risk of rupture or leakage like with silicone implants.
The downside of fat grafting is that it is not permanent – you may need more than one session depending on how much volume you want and how quickly your body absorbs the injected fat cells – so this should be considered when making a decision about whether this option might work best for you. Additionally, due to its nature as a surgical procedure, there are still potential risks associated with it including infection, bleeding, pain and scarring, although these risks tend to be lower than those associated with breast implant surgery due to its minimally invasive nature.
Ultimately, choosing between breast implants and fat grafting comes down to personal preference as well as lifestyle factors such as cost Vs time available for recovery, etc. Each procedure has pros and cons but both can deliver excellent results if done correctly by an experienced surgeon. Whichever you choose for your augmentation journey, make sure you do plenty of research ahead of time so you make an informed decision about what works best for you.