Is There an Alternative to Breast Implants?
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, you may have considered getting breast implants. But did you know that breast implants are only one of your options? Depending on what you want to improve and what your aesthetic goals are, a fat transfer or breast lift might be more suitable for you.
What is breast fat transfer?
In a fat transfer, also known as “lipofilling” or “fat grafting,” fat is taken from another part of your body, such as your thighs or abdomen, and injected into your breasts. Since your body’s own fat is used, results tend to be more natural and subtle. Fat transfers will usually increase the size of your breasts by about one cup size and make the upper pole of your breasts (the part above your nipple) fuller. While breast implants will usually need to be replaced after about 10 years, this is not the case with a fat transfer – the fat cells become a natural part of your breast, there for the long term.
Benefits of natural fat transfer for breast enhancement
- Benefits of breast fat transfers include:
- The results look and feel entirely natural.
- After recovery, the results are long-term. About 40 to 50 percent of the transferred fat will survive in your breast, creating a subtle increase in volume.
- Fat is removed from a donor site, giving you the added benefit of sculpting another body area.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” is a surgical procedure used to lift and change the shape of your breasts. If your breasts sag or your nipples point downward, which is common after a pregnancy or significant weight loss, a breast lift can raise your breasts to a more youthful position and reshape them, so they appear plump and youthful. The purpose of a breast lift is not to increase the size of your breasts, but rather to change their shape. Gravity, weight changes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all stretch the tissues in your breasts and cause them to sag. With a breast lift, your breasts are reshaped and lifted so they appear youthful and rounded.
Am I a candidate?
The best option in enhancing your breasts depends largely upon your aesthetic goals. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wirth will take his time to ensure he fully understands what you hope to achieve and discuss the options with you. As a specialist in breast reconstructive surgery, Dr. Wirth is extremely experienced and familiar with the different procedures available to you and will be able to offer you professional guidance and advice.