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Reader Question: Fat Injections for Breasts

July 6th, 2011

Kelly writes:

So, what is the difference between the procedure of the ’80s and the procedure now? What would be the cost difference between this procedure and “traditional” breast implants? Is it dependent upon the amount of lipo done? Would it sort of be a “2 for 1″ deal?

Liposuction fat is now harvested with better survivability after placement, compared to the earlier technique.   It is also injected as thin threads throughout the breast instead of a large volume in one spot.   There are promising studies that indicate possible stem cell rejuvenation with fat transfer.

Positive improvements in technology include developments such as, fat graft injections interfere less than implants, increased mammogram and radiological expertise.   Once the procedure is completed there are no further maintenance costs, as may often be the case with implants.

There are additional benefits of losing inches from liposuction of the hips, thighs, and/or abdomen prior to the fat transfer.   The cost is not a “two-fer,” it is more like a one-and-a-half-er!   Prices will vary according to the location of metropolitan area. Liposuction recovery may take up to 6 weeks depending on volume removed, whereas complete healing for the breast fat grafting is upwards from about 9 months to a year.  The results are permanent.   The procedure is sometimes referred to as a natural breast enhancement.



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