Up to 80% of women are unhappy with how they see their naked figure in front of the mirror. Even women who train at the gym cannot alter where their body will store fat. Doing hundreds of sit-ups every day will not spot reduce fat from around the belly. We are all born different shapes and sizes and it is our genetics which determines where our body will store fat. There are several typical body shapes that apply to women such as apple and pear. Apples typically store body fat around their waist and bust; pears typically store fat around their buttocks, hips and thighs. The point is that through natural controls such as diet and exercise, we are unable to sculpture our bodies to take a little from here and add a little there.
A cosmetic surgery procedure called autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection allows fat to be removed from one area of the body and used to enhance another Hips enlargement . So unwanted fat from the belly or thighs could be used to enhance the breasts for example. This sounds amazing, body sculpturing now appears to be possible! The concept of transplanting body fat is not new. In fact, the early attempts at breast enlargement in the early 1900s used fat injections to augment breast size. However, the effects were not particularly long lasting as the injected fat became absorbed back into the body. The result was lumpy breasts and infections and swellings were also common.
The use of autologous fat transplantation in breast enlargement cosmetic surgery has progressed over the last few years. More recently, the technology to isolate adipose derived stem cells from fat during surgery has been developed. So fat can be removed from one area of the body through liposuction, the stem cells can be isolated quickly and then re-injected into the patient’s breast tissue to enlarge the breasts.
There are several advantages of autologous fat transplantation over synthetic breasts implants. Firstly, fat transplantation can prove to be very cost effective, particularly when it is combined with another procedure, typically liposuction. There is little to no scarring as the fat is injected into the breast tissue rather than a surgical incision being needed in order to insert saline or silicone implants. Also, because the fat is taken from the patient’s own body, there is no chance of an allergic reaction or complications such as capsular contracture as with saline or silicone breast implants.
Unfortunately, one of the main disadvantages with fat transfer breast enhancement is the longevity of the results. The factors influencing this include the expertise of the surgeon, the patient’s genetics, how well a blood supply establishes around the injected fat tissue and the patient’s lifestyle choices. Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of excessive resorption where the fat is absorbed back into the body tissue at an early stage. Due to the non-permanent nature of fat transfer, patients often require a repeat treatment after 6 months. However, the fat harvested initially during liposuction can be frozen for reuse in later treatments. Additionally, only a local anaesthetic is typically needed in order to re-inject the fat into the breast tissue. Since the procedure is less invasive, the recovery time for patients is much quicker than with synthetic breast implant surgery.
Another issue to consider is that of size. Depending upon the level of transformation required in breast size, then synthetic breast implants may be necessary as fat transfer can only provide a limited increase in breast size.