Silicone Implants or Fat Transfer: Which Is Best for Me?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. About 300,000 patients undergo the procedure every year. However, that doesn’t mean that they all go through the same process. We’re a long way from the 1990’s when all breast augmentations created a similar look. Today, you can choose to customize your breast augmentation and make it look as natural or as dramatic as you like. So what is best for you? Silicone implants or fat transfer?

Silicone Implants or Fat Transfer?

Going for the Drama

If you want to add substantial volume to your bust, then a more traditional implant-based breast augmentation may be right for you. There are a number of different implant types to give you a fully customizable experience. For women who want lifted, visible cleavage, a silicone implant is typically used. However, saline implants and “gummy bear” implants can be used to give your breasts a more natural shape and feel.

To get a sense of what implant-based breast augmentation is right for you, be sure to ask your board-certified plastic surgeon about the different properties associated with each type, shape, and texture implant. Looking at their portfolio can help you to determine how you want the implants to help shape your breasts.

Opting for Subtle “Oomph”

Increasingly, many patients are looking for more natural results. For some women, who have extra fat that can be repurposed from other parts of the body, a breast augmentation with fat transfer is a great way to gently increase your breast size. In fact, there are actually a number of benefits that you should keep in mind if you’re aren’t entirely set on one approach or the other.

Less Invasive

With a more traditional breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon has to create an opening large enough to push the implant through. By contrast, a breast augmentation with fat transfer only requires the insertion of a cannula into the breast. As a result, the incision is quite a bit smaller. Either way your surgeon is fully capable of carefully hiding any scarring you might have, but the fat transfer scar will be smaller.

Lower Risk

As safe as breast implants are, they are still foreign to your body. There is always the possibility that they might move or that your body may have an adverse reaction. With a breast augmentation with fat transfer, there are no foreign bodies. It’s your own fat. In fact, your body will re-absorb a small portion of the re-inserted fat within a few weeks of your procedure.

Repurposes Unwanted Fat

If your hips, belly, thighs, or buttocks have a little more cushion than you would like, then a breast augmentation with fat transfer is a double win. You can to shed a little fluff from an unwanted area and put it in a part of your body where it can be fully appreciated.

Entirely Natural Look and Feel

Since the fat used in a natural breast augmentation is completely your own, your breasts will look and feel exactly like you expect them to. However, if you’re hoping to make them a bit perkier or address less satisfactory parts of their shape, you can always have a breast lift in Houston at the same time as your augmentation to get the best, most natural results.

Making the Choice

When it comes to deciding what breast augmentation option is right for you, personal preference is key. Pay careful attention to your reactions as you look through Dr. Linville’s cosmetic surgery portfolio, and ask to feel what the different implants feel like. It’s a big decision, so take your time to ensure you do what you feel is right for you.