Breast Augmentation Options: Implants or Fat Transfer

Breast augmentation in ChicagoWhen you seek out Dr. Michael Byun for breast augmentation, you have several options to achieve your ideal cosmetic outcomes. You may opt for the traditional method of breast augmentation — the placement of saline or silicone implants — or a newer technique that uses your own unwanted fat to add shape and volume to your breasts. Dr. Byun will help you weigh your options and make the choice that is right for you.

Pros and Cons of Saline and Silicone Implants

Traditionally, the most popular way to augment small or asymmetrical breasts is through the placement of saline and silicone implants. Small incisions are created on the breasts and saline or silicone implants inserted into the chest. Depending on your anatomy and other factors, the implants may be placed in front of or behind your chest muscle.

Saline and silicone implants are reliable and predictable. They come in different shapes, sizes and profiles to satisfy a wide range of aesthetic goals. Implants are strong and durable, and may last 10 to 15 years.

But medical devices are not infallible, and breast implants need to be replaced if they deflate, rupture or develop another complication. The risk of implant rupture is approximately 1 percent for every year the implants are in place; for instance, five years post-placement, there is a 5 percent risk an implant will rupture. Another potential downside is that some women simply feel uncomfortable with artificial devices; in rare cases, a woman’s body may reject the implants. And last year, a textured breast implant was pulled off the market when the FDA reported a link to a rare cancer known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer To the Breasts

Fat transfer to the breasts is an appealing, natural alternative to traditional breast augmentation. During the procedure, Dr. Byun removes surplus fat from another area of your body, purifies it and then injects it directly into your breasts to add shape and volume.

Breast augmentation using your own fat provides outstanding results. The fat looks, feels and moves like natural breast tissue, and since it is your own tissue, there is no chance of rejection. Another big advantage of fat transfer is the donor area, which is frequently the abdomen, hips or thighs, looks slimmer and sleeker.

However, fat transfer to the breasts typically provides only a modest increase in volume. And though fat transfer is less invasive than the placement of implants, it is not as predictable. Not all of the fat transferred to your breasts will necessarily survive; some may be reabsorbed by your body over time.

The breast augmentation approach that is right for you depends on your treatment expectations, natural anatomy and personal preferences. A consultation with Dr. Byun to discuss your options will help clarify the most appropriate choice for you. To request an appointment, please call or email us today.