MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More and more women like Chrissy Teigen and bachelorette Clare Crawley are claiming their breast implants are making them sick and want them removed. Plastic surgeons are now using a patient’s own fat to rebuild their breast. Ivanhoe has the details.
For Liz Lugo, her beauty promotes her brand. But when she felt her breast implants were hurting her health, she needed natural options to replace them.
“I wanted to have something. I wanted to still feel like a woman. I still wanted to wear cute stuff,” shared Lugo.
So, Joshua Lampert, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon out of Miami, suggested fat grafting … taking fat from her thighs with liposuction to fill the void left behind when the breast implants were removed.
“You can borrow from Peter to pay Paul and overall make the patient happier. Fat is a better way to sculpt the body,” explained Dr. Lampert.
Using liposuction, the fat is removed, then transferred to the breast. Only the patient’s fat can be used. For the first time in her life, Lugo wishes she had more fat.
“I was worried how they would look aesthetically, of course, because I’m used to be double D’s. Now, I am barely a B cup. But my health came first,” said Lugo.
It’s been three months since surgery and Lugo says she feels better than ever.
“What’s great about fat grafting is it gives us one more tool. If I can’t put a breast implant back in, how am I gonna make this breast look good?” continued Dr. Lampert.
“Fat grafting is an option that you can do, and I’m super happy with the results,” smiled Lugo.
After fat grafting, 30 percent of the fat is reabsorbed into the body. The remaining fat will remain permanently and behave like any other fat in the body.
Contributors to this news report include: Neki Mohan, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; and Judy Reich, Videographer.
FAT GRAFTING TO REPLACE BREAST IMPLANTS
BACKGROUND: Breast implants have been around a while throughout history. Some implants use liquid silicone injections. Overall, these were not well tolerated and produced silicone granulomas resulting in painful nodularity and inflammation of the surrounding breast tissue. Other complications from silicone injections included skin slough, migration of silicone along fascial planes, granulomatous hepatitis, embolism, and even death. Silicone injections were never approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the breast. As many women have had this procedure, and such injections are still practiced in parts of Asia, these symptoms are occasionally seen.
SYMPTOMS: The symptoms can appear any time after implant surgery. Some people develop symptoms immediately, while some develop them years later. A lot of the symptoms are associated with autoimmune and connective tissue disorders, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. Plastic surgeons are now using a patients’ fat to replace it after removing the implants. This method is called fat grafting. Fat grafting involves using a patient’s own fat to augment the breasts. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is very safe; it involves fewer risks than augmentation with breast implants and is completely hypoallergenic. Fat grafting after breast explant is appealing to many women, including those who want to maintain a larger breast size but have experienced symptoms of breast implant illness (BII). The natural fat used to augment the breasts can come from various body areas, including the abdomen, hips and back. In addition to enhancing the breasts, fat grafting offers body contouring benefits as it slims the donor areas. Since fat grafting uses natural tissue, the patient must have sufficient excess fat in other body areas to qualify for the procedure.
AUTOLOGOUS FAT GRAFTING: One particular procedure gaining worldwide popularity is autologous fat grafting. As per Fact MR, the demand for autologous fat grafting will rise in response to the focus on cosmetic surgeries. Over the years, disruptive products such as autologous fat grafting have met such customer demands, as autologous fat grafting is a minimally invasive method. In 2018, the number of people going for augmentation and reconstruction procedures in the U.S. was 6.2 million, out of which, the adoption % of autologous fat grafting procedures was 2.2%. Autologous fat grafting is also preferred for the correction of contour deformities in reconstructed breasts. The increasing prevalence of scar contractures is also expected to drive demand for autologous fat grafting. The sales of autologous fat grafting were valued at around $172 million in 2020 and are projected to expand at a healthy CAGR of close to 10% through 2031.
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