“Fat Transfer” Procedure Allows Patients to Trade Fat Thighs for Bigger Breasts

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From the bottom to the bust. Or mid-section to mammary. Fat transplant technology has made science fiction into medical fact. A relatively simple series of cosmetic procedures can now use unwanted fat in a hip or thigh area to enlarge a woman’s bosom.

From the bottom to the bust. Or mid-section to mammary. Fat transplant technology has made science fiction into medical fact. A relatively simple series of cosmetic procedures can now use unwanted fat in a hip or thigh area to enlarge a woman’s bosom.

“My patients have been asking about this for a long time,” says Dr. Bill Johnson, Medical Director of Innovations Medical in Dallas. “And now, it’s reality. We can remove unwanted fat from a mid-section or thighs and use it for breast augmentation. It’s easier and healthier than most other breast augmentation procedures, and the results are remarkable.”

Clinically, the process is called autologous fat transfer, or natural breast augmentation. Advanced liposuction technology has been coupled with new fat grafting procedures to allow physicians to remove and then relocate the fat tissue within a matter of hours. The patient is awake during the procedure and can have it completed in one morning or one afternoon.

“Many women haven’t been satisfied with their implants, or just don’t like the idea of a man-made substance inside their body,” says Dr. Johnson, “for them, fat transfer is the answer.” Besides using the body’s own tissue, fat transfer requires smaller incisions, less anesthesia and the recovery is typically much quicker. For women who have had both procedures, the comparison is stark. Most of them say fat transfer offers a more natural feel, no risk of leakage and no concerns over an auto-immune reaction to the chemical implant. In addition, fat transfer is usually cheaper than implant surgery.

As recently as 1988, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons condemned breast fat transfer due to concerns over calcification of the implanted fat. Doctors were worried that the implanted fat would generate an inordinate amount of ‘false positive’ mammogram results. However, new radiology techniques have eliminated those concerns and in 2009, the ASPS reversed its decision on breast fat transfer.

“Not all women are suitable fat transfer candidates,” warns Dr. Johnson. “She has to have enough excess fat, be healthy with a series of completely normal mammographies. We don’t want to complicate any existing conditions.”

‘Breast Fat Transfer’ is still a relatively unknown procedure, making up only approximately 5% of overall domestic breast augmentations. As the procedure’s popularity expands, however, that number could quickly grow.

Innovations Medical is a full-service aesthetic medical practice with locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Grapevine. Medical Director Bill Johnson M.D. has been treating patients in North Texas since 1984. As the name implies, Innovations Medical was the first in North Texas to offer many leading-edge technologies, including SmartLipo, Vibro Liposuction and Acoustic Wave Therapy for cellulite. 214.420.7970
http://www.innovationsmedical.com

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