Posts Tagged ‘breast augmentation’

Breast Lipoaugmentation Offers Unique Benefits

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Saline or silicone implants may be the most well-known approaches to breast augmentation, but autologous fat grafting may be the most viable alternative.

It’s called “breast lipoaugmentation” because the procedure uses your body’s own fat to augment the shape of the breast, allowing the surgeon greater flexibility in shaping the breast.

Breast lipoaugmentation has particular benefits that recommend its use in certain cases, but it’s not for everyone. There is some disagreement about how much transplanted fat can survive the move, and there have been fears about the procedure’s effect on cancer detection methods.


  • There are risks associated with tissue grafts and implants that are avoided through the use of breast lipoaugmentation.
  • There is no compelling evidence to indicate that the procedure interferes with breast cancer detection, according to a comprehensive literature review published in 2009. Women can have mammograms or MRIs before the procedure to assist radiologists and further ensure their safety.


  • Breast lipoaugmentation doesn’t provide the dramatically increased volume made possible by breast implants. The procedure can only upgrade a breast from one-half to a full cup size.
  • Up to a quarter of the transplanted fat is likely to die as a result of the transplant. Fat is a living tissue and requires nourishment from the blood to survive, and an autologous fat graft may cut portions of the fat from receiving proper circulation. There has been promising research using bodily stem cells and other approaches to enhance the retention rate.

According to ModernMedicine’s Cheryl Guttman Krader, these unique pros and cons make breast lipoaugmentation well-suited to being combined with breast implants. Surgeons can use both techniques to maximize the beauty and natural feel of the breast.

New Study Examines Psychological Results of Breast Augmentation

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

It’s quite common for women considering breast augmentation to wonder about the physical changes in their appearance. “How will I look?” is a common question, and plastic surgeons have several ways of explaining or visually representing the results.

But how will you feel? Will the procedure change the way you think? Doctors in Berlin sought to find out. In a new study, they evaluate the psychological changes that occur after breast augmentation – specifically sub-muscular breast augmentation, a surgery that involves placement of the breast implant beneath the pectoral muscle.

The physicians outlined the following criteria to assess after surgery:

  • Attractiveness and self-confidence
  • Insecurity or anxiety
  • Emphasis placed on physical appearance
  • Sexual discomfort

Using a 100-point scale, they rated the responses of 58 patients who completed a body image questionnaire. The authors reported significant improvements in all areas except insecurity or anxiety, which they say exhibited “next to no change.”

How does sub-muscular breast augmentation work?

During breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon has the option to place the implant above or underneath the pectoral muscle. Either option is effective but in many cases, placement is determined by the patient’s body type.  For example, a petite woman and a muscular woman might be recommended different placement techniques.

Nurses Study Informational Needs of Breast Surgery Patients

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

With so many rich information sources online, the average cosmetic surgery patient can learn a lot before the consultation even begins. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon should answer your questions and provide information in order to help you make an educated decision and manage your expectations about the procedure.  However, according to a recent paper published in Plastic Surgical Nursing, some patients are still lacking valuable information.

The authors argue that information about breast surgery post-operative events is “fragmented, incomplete, or lacking.”  They reached this conclusion by studying interviews with 48 patient who underwent breast reconstruction, breast reduction, and breast augmentation.

2 predominant themes were seen among breast surgery patients: unexpected outcomes and helpful/unhelpful information.  Both themes have some clinical implication for plastic surgeons performing breast surgery – namely, a “need for more comprehensive education to better prepare women undergoing breast surgery and to help create more realistic expectations.”

Patients generally reported positive outcomes for their surgeries, but most of them also reported an unexpected event.  Some patients who experienced post-operative swelling, numbness, discomfort and sensations in the skin were not prepared for these events.  If they had been educated about these possible events, the patients would have been psychologically prepared, the authors suggest.

However, many patients in the study did receive useful information, either from their surgeons or from a website.  Patient stories, before and after photos and online discussion forums were cited as helpful.  Although These information is readily available online, you should still seek a plastic surgeon who is willing to provide comprehensive information about breast surgery and what to expect during your recovery.

You can read the article “Not What I Expected: Informational Needs of Women Undergoing Breast Surgery” through or the journal, Plastic Surgical Nursing.

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