Breast Augmentation Using Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation Using Fat Transfer

According to J. Peter Rubin, MD, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Plastic Surgery, fat transfer to the breast is a promising and evolving therapy. Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting, does not have the same long term track record that breast augmentation with implants have, however using a person’s own fat to augment the breast holds many advantages. Fat transfer can be used to improve the appearance of a breast after augmentation, and in some cases, fat injections can be used instead of implants to fix breast asymmetry.

However, there are still many questions that the plastic surgery community needs to answer regarding this treatment for the breast. These include how fat transfer will affect cancer screening or mammography? What are the long term effects of fat injections to the breast? Will fat transfer cause firm nodules to the breast? Additionally, people considering fat injections to the breast should know that the long term results can be less predictable than breast implants.

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