Dr. David M. Hartman | 04/01/2023
If you're looking to enhance the size of your breasts, there are two main options for breast augmentation: breast implants and fat transfer. The best option for your body type will depend on several factors.
At Fine Arts Skin & Laser, Dr. David M. Hartman helps patients near Dover, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA decide which breast enhancement procedure is right for them.
Keep reading to explore the differences between breast implants and fat transfer.
Breast implants and fat transfer can both be used for breast augmentation. They both enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
Breast implants come in various shapes, sizes, and textures, and can be surgically placed above or below the chest muscle, depending on the patient's preference and anatomy. At Fine Arts Skin & Laser, Dr. Hartman uses Natrelle® breast implants to help patients achieve their ideal aesthetic outcomes.
Fat transfer for breast augmentation involves taking fat from one part of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, purifying it, and transferring it to the breasts to increase their size and shape. The procedure involves liposuction to remove excess fat from the donor site, followed by injection of the fat cells into the breasts. Dr. Hartman uses BeautiFill®, a revolutionary laser technology, for fat transfer procedures.
Fat transfer for breast augmentation requires a shorter recovery time than breast implant surgery.
During breast augmentation, patients are “comfortably awake.” Dr. Hartman uses tumescent lidocaine and PRO-NOX™ during procedures, and EXPAREL® for long-term pain relief.
One of the main differences between breast implants and fat transfer for breast augmentation is the longevity of the results. Breast implants are considered a long-term solution for breast enhancement, as the implants do not reabsorb or disappear over time. Fat transfer for breast augmentation, on the other hand, may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results, as some of the transferred fat cells may not survive in the new location.
Another difference between breast implants and fat transfer for breast augmentation is the level of control over the final result. With breast implants, patients have more control over the size and shape of their new breasts, as they can choose the specific size and type of implant that suits their body type and desired outcome. With fat transfer for breast augmentation, the amount of fat that survives in the new location can vary depending on several factors, such as the patient's overall health and the technique used during the procedure.
It’s also important to note that breast augmentation with fat transfer typically results in a modest increase in breast size, ranging from half-a-cup size to a full-cup size. If you desire a larger increase in breast volume, breast augmentation with implants may be a more suitable option for you. Additionally, if you are seeking more projection in the upper poles of your breasts, breast implants may be more effective than a fat transfer.
Overall, breast implants and fat transfer for breast augmentation are effective options for women seeking breast enhancement. The choice between the two procedures ultimately depends on a variety of factors, such as the patient's preferences, anatomy, and desired outcome.
If you're trying to decide whether implants or a fat transfer is the best way to enhance your bust, it's crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. David M. Hartman to determine which procedure is right for you.
To get started, schedule a consultation today at Fine Arts Skin & Laser. We serve patients in Dover, OH, as well as the surrounding areas of Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA.
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