Fat transfers and fat grafting procedures have captured the attention of the medical and aesthetic industry, prospective patients and the media. Advances have made it possible for trained surgeons to liposuction and remove fat from one region of the body and transport it to another area, via lipo-injections, using the patient’s fat cells during these natural augmentation procedures. Although, fat transfers are embraced and performed around the globe, daily, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery advises patients to be aware that there is still a lack of abundant research to assure the long-term, safety and efficacy of fat transfers. Like with any elective cosmetic enhancement, there are benefits and risks to consider.
The biggest concern regarding fat harvesting and grafting to the breasts is that the injected fat cells that increase the volume and size of the breasts may cause issues with self-examinations, annual breast screenings, mammography ultrasounds and MRI evaluations that help clearly and accurately detect signs of breast cancer development.
Some of the natural side-effects of fat grafting and transfer procedures is the development of oily cysts, tissue scarring and calcification. When these side effects occur, it becomes difficult for radiologists to mammographically distinguish whether the calcifications are associated with breast fat transfers or early calcification signs of breast cancer.
More sophisticated technologies have refined the art and science of fat transfers. In addition, newer state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment makes it easier to determine the density of breast tissue, but patients should still be aware of the risks.
Dr. Edward Bednar, of Bednar Cosmetic Surgery is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been performing breast augmentation using fat cell transfers for years, but advises patients to do their own homework and research, first.
The more popular breast enlargement alternatives include the introduction of saline or silicone implants into the body, which have their own risks, and can also impede accurate breast screening results. Also, breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years or so, depending.
To discuss the variable concerns, benefits and risks, it is best to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or expert breast surgeon.Tweet