Breast augmentation has been the top cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in America since 2006. In fact, 290,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed last year alone. But despite safer, more realistic implant materials, many women still aren't comfortable with the idea of implants.
Enter natural breast enhancement.
Natural breast enhancement involves a fat transfer technique that uses your own fat tissue to increase the size and fullness of the breasts without implants. A plastic surgeon first performs liposuction on an area of the body where excess fat is stored (such as the hips, buttocks, or thighs). The fat is then purified and injected into the breasts to add fullness.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
The appeal of killing to birds with one stone (smaller thighs and larger breasts) is enticing for many women. However, like any surgical procedure, there are pros and cons.
The obvious advantage of natural breast enhancement is that you enjoy larger breasts without synthetic materials in your body. There’s also the added bonus of losing a few inches. But preparing for surgery is no cake walk. Usually, you’re required to wear a special suctioning bra (think Madonna-shaped cones) for several weeks prior to the procedure. The bra essentially stretches the breasts until they look like deflated balloons. This is necessary so that more fat can be accepted during the fat transfer. Many women find the bra uncomfortable and irritating, and just an all-around hassle.
Another disadvantage is the unpredictability of results. Most plastic surgeons are not fans of natural breast enhancement because it’s much harder to get a good, consistent result. Implants, on the other hand, offer very reliable and predictable outcomes. Implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you can customize your results. With natural breast enhancement, you cannot control your results as easily. Any increase in size will likely be minimal, and the results aren’t guaranteed to last forever.
Safety is another important issue. Many women incorrectly assume that using your own fat tissue is safer than an implant. However, the safety of natural breast augmentation has not been well studied. Breast implants, on the other hand, have been researched for decades and are FDA-approved. Silicone materials used today are much safer than they were years ago, and this has been well-documented through scientific research.
Natural breast augmentation may be a good option for women who want a modest increase in breast size without the use of implants. If you decide to go the natural route, be sure to find someone who has performed this technique many, many times. And, as always, ask to see a portfolio of work.