Breast augmentation, ¿implants or body fat?

Written by: Dr. José Francisco Salvador Sanz
Edited by: Top Doctors®

When talking about breast augmentation, doubts arise about the procedure to obtain the most natural and lasting results. Specialists in cosmetic surgery to try to answer the most frequently asked questions.


But breast augmentation with body fat is not a real increase, although it seems an ideal alternative to prosthetics. It is, rather, a refinement of the breast.

Injection of body fat in the breasts

Though body fat does not serve to increase bra sizes, yes it is possible to provide firmness and resurfacing, which can lead to a slight increase.

The transferred fat, once there on, it will behave like normal fat tissue, suffering the same volume changes with weight gain or loss by the patient.


Breast augmentation implant

Breast implants do provide a real volume, which does not vary with changes in weight and remains stable over time. This is a real increase in volume or size, it should fit snugly to the measurements of the patient (thorax, breast base, height, weight, etc).

There are many cases where both operations are performed simultaneously. It is fully recommended, especially for secondary cases:

  • Prevent capsular contracture
  • Best reshape the breast upper pole
  • Intermammary remodel the area in reconstructions after lumpectomy


Breast reconstruction after tumor

In breast reconstruction with fat, there are doubts about the ability of tumor cells to create new fat cells are injected. However, this possibility is not scientifically proven.

Stem cells from fat, which have the capacity to generate the tissue where they have been transferred, may have an outside chance of regenerating tumor cells of the same extirpates the tumor removed. However, they are only assumptions.


Care after breast augmentation

In the case of silicone gel implants, postoperative recovery takes two weeks. It's painful the first 4-5 days, but then enhances the feeling of tension and tightness in the breast and sternum area.

After 14 days the stitches are removed and advises the patient to perform manual lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling and prevent capsular contracture. Sport is recommended from the first month after surgery.

In the case of fat transfer, postoperative is much milder, with a payback period of about 7-8 days, little swelling and skin ome small spills.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. José Francisco Salvador Sanz

By Dr. José Francisco Salvador Sanz
Plastic surgery

Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive, Dr. Salvador Sanz has extensive experience in the treatment of breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift, rhinoplasty reconstruction oncologica after surgery or, among others. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia and Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Alicante, teaches at the University Miguel Hernandez of Elche. He has published many papers in medical journals nationally and internationally. In the year 2003, he received the FIS Research Scholarship for facial lipodystrophy in patients with HIV.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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