Avenue Plastic Surgery in Melbourne advises that breast augmentation by autologous fat transfer (using your own fat) is now established as a safe and reliable method of breast enlargement. This procedure, which is performed as a Day Case, involves harvesting fat from areas such as the hips, thighs and abdomen and, after preparation, grafting the fat by injection into the breasts. The technique has been developed over the last 3 years to the point that surgeons are now able to achieve a 1-2 (and sometimes even 3) cup size increase in breast volume. The results are soft and natural – far better than can ever be achieved with artificial implants. There is also the added benefit of removal of unwanted fat by liposuction. For many women this is their dream come true! Moving fat from the hips to the breasts!
In fact, many women are now requesting that their old breast implants be removed and replaced with their own fat or are requesting fat transfer with a breast lift procedure.
Breast augmentation using implants has been done for 50 years despite being associated with many problems. All women having breast implants are advised that breast implants are not lifetime devices and are informed that they will almost certainly require revision or replacement of their breast implants at some time. The most likely reasons for re-operation are capsular contracture, implant migration, implant rupture or the desire for a change of size.
Capsular contracture causes the breasts to look misshaped and to feel hard, while implant migration can make the breasts sit lower or higher than normal. Rupture of silicone implants occurs relatively frequently (MRI studies suggest that 40% of implants have ruptured after 8 years). The problem is that there is no easy way to tell if your implants have ruptured and the first sign is often swollen lymph glands by which stage removal of all the silicone in is impossible.
The Chief Medical Officer issued a fact sheet on silicone gel filled breast implants in which he stated that “All silicone gel filled breast implants are considered high risk medical devices”.
To make matters worse, recently a further but extremely serious risk has been identified. Women with breast implants that have a textured surface are prone to develop a condition called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). This is a cancer of the immune system which forms in the capsule surrounding textured breast implants. Although the risk was originally thought to be “small” there have been 60 cases identified in Australia and New Zealand and 4 deaths have been caused by this disease.
So it is now clear that breast implants have a real “sting in the tail”. Women considering breast enlargement would be well advised to consider the option of autologous fat transfer.
Mr Kalus is available for an interview, please get in touch through the contact details below.
Company: Avenue Plastic Surgery
Address: 22 The Avenue Windsor, 3141, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia