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Risk of Traditional Implants vs Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

When choosing between the various breast augmentation procedures available, it is important to consider the risks involved. Breast augmentation is an invasive procedure requiring surgery that comes with associated risks that need to be considered. Breast implants and fat transfer breast augmentations are the most popular breast augmentation procedures currently available. Here are the associated risks with these popular procedures.


Traditional Implants

Breast implants have been around for years, with various options currently in existence. Silicone implants lead the pack in popularity and are the perfect procedure for those looking for bigger, fuller breasts and results that are not unexpected. While technology has only made breast implants safer over the years, they still come with possible risks. The biggest includes the possibility of the implant leaking or bursting inside the breast. Sometimes a scar can form around the implant; this is called capsular contracture. There is also a very rare form on cancer that occur from silicone breast implants called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Additionally, this invasive procedure requires surgery that will result in scar tissue around the breasts, and if a patient later decides to remove the implants or move to a bigger cup size, an additional surgery will be required that will leave scar tissue. With any surgical procedure, there will be a substantial recovery before the patient is fully healed.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

The next most popular breast augmentation procedure is fat transfer breast augmentation. This procedure grafts fat tissue from other parts of the body to create a fuller breast which comes with associated risks of liposuction.  Also, very thin patients may not have enough fat for transfer. The recovery of the breast is relatively quick and often leaves no scar. One risk specifically associated with fat transfer breast augmentation is the amount of fat tissue that survives the procedure. Not all of the fat tissue that is transferred will survive, with some numbers even indicating that only 50% of fat tissue remains following the procedure. This limits the size increase that can be achieved with fat transfer to the breast. Generally, a cup size is the most one can expect.

Choose What is Best for You

Regardless of the procedure that ends up being best for you, there will be associated risks. Help minimize those risks by choosing a team of highly trained professionals such as Dr. Wright and his team at the Laser Lipo & Vein Center. His team of highly trained professionals will help you choose which procedure is right for you and minimize any risks with their combined years of training. Call for a consultation today.