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What are the risks associated with fat transfer breast augmentation?

When it comes to breast augmentation the procedures available have seen dramatic changes since they were first carried out. From looking purely at an increase in size, it is now possible to look consider the shape of your breasts and also increase the firmness. 

The use of silicone and saline implants has developed and has created even more choices for women who are seeking a change to how to the appearance of their breasts. The latest development sees something that is classed as a slightly more natural option.

Fat transfer breast augmentation, also referred to as fat grafting, sees unwanted fat being removed from other parts of the body and being used to increase the size and smoothness of the breasts. Whenever there are developments in surgical options it is natural for people to be slightly apprehensive. Women may want to consider the fat transfer augmentation risks before they decide that this is a viable solution for them. Of course, prior to any surgical procedures taking place, there is ample opportunity to consult with a specialist and if there are any concerns surrounding breast augmentation with fat transfer risks then this is something that can be discussed. In this article, we will be looking at this procedure but the focus will be on breast fat transfer risks so that we consider how safe this surgery is for those seeking to increase the size of their breasts.

What are the fat transfer breast augmentation risks?

Although breast augmentation is classed as cosmetic surgery, the key word is surgery rather than cosmetic. The truth about surgery is that it involves risk. Whether you are considering cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, breast lifts, or lifesaving heart surgery there is always going to be a degree of risk involved. When looking at fat transfer augmentation risks in particular there are a number of potential complications to be aware of. These include:

This is a risk if the procedure is not carried out correctly which highlights the importance of using a specialist. It is caused by fat tissue dying. This leads to breasts with an uneven contour.

There is a possibility that cysts will develop following fat transfer augmentation. These usually occur when there has been damage to the breast tissue during surgery and usually the breast would repair itself. However, it is possible that some fat cells will respond in a different way and go on to form cysts by releasing their contents into the surrounding areas.

This is an extremely rare occurrence and occurs when large amounts of fat droplets enter the bloodstream. This can then travel to numerous parts of the body. To stress again this is extremely rare and when it has occurred it has been attributed to the use of substandard equipment. This again highlights the need to approach an expert at a reputable and trusted clinic for any breast surgery.

Should I be concerned about breast augmentation with fat transfer risks?

Breast augmentation with fat transfer risks are something that anyone undergoing this procedure needs to be aware of. This is not to say that the risks posed are significant, but being aware of these risks is all part of making an informed decision about what is right for you. A major factor to consider with this form of breast augmentation is that there are no foreign bodies being placed inside the body. The use of fat is the closest form to a natural boob job that is possible. The use of fat does have a slight drawback when compared to the use of silicone and saline implants and that is the fact that the body may absorb the fat. There is no control over this happening and if this is what the body decides to do it will have an impact on the overall results.

Should you have particular concerns over breast fat transfer risks then this is something that you should discuss with your surgeon before you go ahead with the procedure. They may be able to allay your concerns or it may be that other forms of breast augmentation are more suitable for you. However, when the risks are fully considered there is little that is likely to have a significant impact. The biggest concern is that of a fat embolism but as we have discussed this is an extremely rare occurrence and when that can be avoided by using a specialist to carry out the procedure.

Are breast fat transfer risks any greater than breast augmentation with implant risks?

Any type of surgery carries a certain risk but it is worth considering whether or not breast augmentation with fat transfer risks are any greater than when implants are used. We have already considered the risks associated with fat transfer, but the flip side of this involves looking at the pros of this procedure. These include:

Breast augmentation with implants carries its own risks and these include:

While women may be wary of fat transfer augmentation risks because the procedure is still relatively new, the truth is that implants carry just as many risks. The risks posed by implants have become accepted and that is because over time any severe consequences have proven to be rare. By opting for fat transfer augmentation you are actually reducing the overall risk as you are removing the complications caused by placing a foreign substance in your body. Overall, both of these procedures are safe but only when they are carried out by specialists. The risks involved can be managed and should not be a barrier to women having the breast type that they desire.

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