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The Difference Between Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants

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Key Takeaways:

  • Versatility and Natural Feel: Fat transfer offers a natural alternative for those seeking a moderate increase in breast size, while implants provide a more significant and structured enhancement.
  • Hybrid Augmentation: Combining both fat transfer and breast implants allows for a customized, sculpted appearance, leveraging the natural softness of fat grafting around the structural benefits of implants.
  • Personalization in Procedure: Every individual’s body and aesthetic goals are unique; understanding the differences and potential synergies between fat transfer and implants can guide patients to make informed choices about their breast augmentation.

Today, we’re exploring some exciting ways to customize your breast augmentation to match your unique vision of beauty. Whether you’re considering a subtle enhancement or a more pronounced change, understanding the options of fat transfer and breast implants can empower you in making the best choice for your body.

What’s Right for You: Fat Transfer or Implants?

Fat transfer to the breast has been gaining popularity, particularly among younger patients who are looking for a modest increase in breast size—a single cup size, for example—and desire a natural look. “If you want just a single cup increase in your breast size and a very natural breast, and you have a tight skin envelope, it may be appropriate,” I explain. This method involves harvesting your own fat (typically between 200 to 400 cc’s) and reintroducing it into the breast area. However, it’s important to remember that some of the transferred fat may not survive, which can affect the final volume increase.

On the other hand, breast implants have evolved significantly in terms of technology, offering an incredibly natural feel. “They feel like one with your breast because of the cohesive nature of the gel,” which means they integrate seamlessly, reducing any sense of separation between the body and the implant. This option is excellent for those who need not just volume but also structural support from their augmentation.

Hybrid Breast Augmentation: The Best of Both Worlds

Many of my patients opt for what we call a hybrid or composite breast augmentation. This innovative approach combines the volume and lift provided by implants with the natural feel and fine-tuning possible with fat grafting. “We cannot just put fat grafting in breasts that are tautic or have loose skin envelopes,” which is why the hybrid method is so beneficial. By placing an implant for structure and then using fat grafting to enhance the cleavage area and soften the edges, we achieve a beautifully natural yet augmented look.

Tailored to Your Unique Shape

Each body is different, and the art of plastic surgery lies in tailoring each procedure to the individual’s specific aesthetic goals and physical needs. “A lot of times I like to combine both techniques to create what we call a hybrid or composite breast augmentation,” allowing for a completely customizable look that respects the natural anatomy while enhancing it.

Why Choose a Plastic Surgeon in Tampa, FL?

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial. In Tampa, FL, our clinic ensures that every step of your breast augmentation process is guided by expertise, safety, and a commitment to achieving your desired outcomes. Whether you choose fat transfer, implants, or a combination of both, our goal is to enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence with results that look and feel natural.

We welcome you to schedule a consultation at Politis Plastic Surgery where we can discuss your vision and how we can help you achieve the look that best fits your body and your dreams.


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  2. Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation: Procedure, Results & Risks. Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/24033-fat-transfer-breast-augmentation
  3. RealSelf. (n.d.). Breast Augmentation with Implants vs. Fat Transfer. Retrieved from https://www.realself.com/surgical/breast-augmentation
  4. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2021). Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/fat-grafting-for-breast-augmentation
  5. Mayo Clinic. (2022). Breast Augmentation: Fat Transfer vs. Implants. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-augmentation/about/pac-20393178

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Effie Politis, MD

Effie Politis, MD, FACS of Politis Plastic Surgery brings both skill and a personalized approach to the care of her plastic surgery patients. She is board certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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