Whats New With Fat Grafting To Breasts & What Women Should Know

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Ali Sadeghi

Press Release from American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) March 2013:

What Women Should Know:

The idea of taking your own fat and repositioning it to augment your breasts has captured the attention of both consumers and the media. Although there has been some research on the safety and efficacy of this procedure, more research is needed before concluding that the procedure’s benefits outweigh the risks.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) urges consumers to proceed cautiously since temporary benefits may be offset by long-term problems with self-examination and mammography ultrasound and MRI evaluation of the breast in screening to rule out breast cancer. Specifically, ASAPS believes you should consider the following before consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon about fat grafts for breast enhancement:

What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipoinjection, is a process in which fat cells are harvested from one part of the body and injected into another. It is a procedure with few surgical complications and is most commonly used to provide the face and hands with a more youthful appearance which may be permanent.

How long has fat grafting been used for breast augmentation?

Augmenting the breast with the body’s own fat first became popular in the 1980s; however, ASAPS initially cautioned its members against the technique because of side effects such as oil cysts, calcification, and tissue scarring. The calcification in particular made it difficult to distinguish mammographically between calcifications associated with breast cancer and calcifications associated with fat transfer.

What has changed since then?

More recently, radiology literature suggests that new generations of mammography equipment are more sophisticated than their predecessors and better able to distinguish cancer cells from benign ones. This is particularly true of digital […]