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Revisional breast augmentation surgery generally consists of removing old implants and replacing them with new ones. However, implants are not your only option when it comes to revisional breast augmentation surgery. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh of Folsom Plastic Surgery explains the benefits of using your own fat when undergoing revisional breast augmentation surgery.
Revisional Breast Augmentation Surgery
Women decide to undergo revisional breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons. Besides just deciding they want a different breast size, they may suffer pain from a complication called capsular contraction, where scar tissue forms around one or both implant(s). This condition may become so uncomfortable that it necessitates implant removal.
Perhaps candidates are concerned about possible implant rupture, especially if they have silicone implants. Over time, the implants may move or the breasts’ appearance or feel may change.
Augmentation Fat Transfer Option
With fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, Dr. Mabourakh uses liposuction to remove fat from areas where it is plentiful, such as the stomach, thighs or hips. After the fat is purified, it is then injected in small amounts into the breasts to make them appear fuller. The transferred fat remains in the area permanently, when it develops a new blood supply.
Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer
Fat transfer is a safe type of breast augmentation. It does not pose the same risks of breast implants, and since it is your own fat, the body accepts it readily. The injections leave no scars. There is no chance of capsular contraction, rupture or any of the other potential concerns involved with breast implants. Overall, fat transfer leaves breasts looking and feeling more natural.
The downside is that fat transfer is not an option if you want to increase your breast size significantly. For that, you must go the implant route. If you want to increase your breasts modestly, fat transfer is an excellent alternative.
Very thin women are usually not candidates due to insufficient fat. But for those women with enough fat, liposuction can make the donor part of the body look thinner. So you get the benefits of your fat transfer while slimming down those fuller areas.
After fat transfer, the breasts many tend to sag after significant weight loss, pregnancy or as part of the aging process. This is less true of saline or silicone implants.
You can expect a full recovery from revisional breast augmentation surgery with fat transfer in about four to six weeks.
If you would like more information about revisional breast augmentation surgery and a fat transfer option, schedule your consultation with Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh in Folsom, California, at (916) 984-8585 or Stockton, California, at (209) 464-5656. Or use our online form to contact Folsom Plastic Surgery and learn more about your options.