Will Natural Breast Augmentation Replace Silicon Implants?
Silicon-gel breast implants were banned by the F.D.A. in 1992 in response to growing alarm that lupus, cancer, autoimmune conditions and other problems could possibly be related to silicon leaking into the body. Six years ago silicon implants were returned to the market with limited use. This summer, the FDA declared silicon-gel breast implants mostly safe. This decision was rendered after the companies who make silicon breast implants complied with the FDA by studying women with implants. The results of the studies were a little dicey with more than half of the women MIA at the end of one study. The other companies faired almost as bad in keeping track of their research subjects. Missing data disqualified the studies from being published in peer reviewed medical journals. Still, the FDA was satisfied enough with the results to reach the conclusion that women can start choosing silicon-gel again over saline implants.
Medically acknowledged problems with silicon implants are capsular contracture (scar tissue) leading to asymmetry and breasts that feel like baseballs, infection, wrinkles, and ruptures, all of which can lead to repeat surgeries. One twenty-six year old woman I interviewed told me, “When you have implants, you are committed for life to repeat surgeries.” She was scheduled for her fourth surgery. Anecdotal problems are even more troubling, though they are not acknowledged by the FDA, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or the companies that manufacture breast implants. These include pain, tingling, swelling, numbness, loss of sensation, deformity, autoimmune conditions, lupus, cancer, and a very long list of accompanying symptoms from copious hair loss to persistent cough.
Despite what we all know and fear about implants, a lot of women want bigger breasts and of course men love them, thus the great temptation to throw caution to the wind. The FDA’s decision will likely be reassuring to women who have silicon implants, and will surely increase the number of women who seek silicon-gel breast implants in the future.
But what if a woman could have larger, natural feeling and looking breasts for the same price tag without adverse effects? Today, there is actually an alternative: Using your own body fat. I’m talking about removing the fat roll from around your tummy and putting it into your breasts.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Lief Rogers has been performing fat transfers to the breasts for over five years. Dr. Rogers uses fat transfer to augment breasts for patients who don’t want implants and also for reconstruction patients who need fat around their implants to create a more natural look. Fat is liposuctioned from fat areas of the body and transferred into the breast. In happy synchronicity with the trend away from cantaloupe-like breasts, patients can go about one full cup size in one session of fat grafting, from say a small B to a full C cup. I asked Dr. Rogers why and he said, “There is generally only so much room in the breast to accommodate fat without a significant decrease in graft survival rate. It’s possible to increase the amount of fat that can be grafted in one session by using the Brava system, which are suction cups worn by the patient before and after the surgery, for a total of six weeks. But it’s a significant commitment, and most patients find it difficult to comply with the requirements.”
After fat grafting, breast size will decrease somewhat over the first six weeks as the swelling decreases, and some of the grafted fat is adsorbed by the body. Dr. Rogers said, “Typically 50 to 80 percent of the fat grafted survives. Usually, the younger the patient, the greater the percentage of fat survives. Dr. Rogers added that once the remaining grafted fat “recovers” from the procedure, the breasts could increase up to another half cup in size.
You can see some of Dr. Rogers’s spectacular results on his website http://www.leifrogersmd.com/before-after/cosmetic-surgery/
What about the increased risk for breast cancer with this procedure? “No current research suggests that grafting fat to the breasts increases the risk of breast weeks.”
Then the fun begins. And isn’t it’s about time that most reviled of all bodily substances was put to a more noble use?
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