Fat Grafting & Stem Cells Gainesville FL

Fat grafting is a breast augmentation and reconstruction procedure that is growing in popularity. The resulting breasts look, feel and react in a more natural way than silicone gel-filled or saline-filled breast implants. Even cohesive gel (or gummy bear) implants can’t compare to using real, natural fat to enhance your body.

Opting for fat grafting and the use of stem cells can be a hot-button issue for many people. At Poser Plastic Surgery Center, we want to help you make an educated decision on which type of breast augmentation procedure is right for you. Understand the role that stem cells play in a natural fat grafting breast augmentation procedure.

What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting, which is also called fat transfer, is often used to transfer a portion of fat from one area of the patient’s body to increase the size and volume of fat in a second area. Dr. Poser uses a liposuction cannula to remove the fat from the predetermined area, which is most commonly the patient’s thighs, waist, buttocks and stomach. The removed fat is prepared and reintroduced to the body in the desired spot, usually the breasts. 

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Fat transfer is a popular procedure because it is not as invasive as other procedures can be, and there is an extremely low risk factor. The fat that is used in the process will not be rejected since it was taken from the patient and just moved to a new spot. However, not all of the fat will survive the transplant. This means you need to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience and expertise in fat grafting to ensure a higher percentage of the fat will survive. Dr. Poser has a successful track record in fat grafting and can easily answer any of your questions or concerns about the procedure.

Why Is Fat Grafting Popular?

As we discussed, the procedure is an outpatient procedure, which appeals to many of our patients. Because of the few risks involved, and the exceedingly high success rate, fat transfers are used regularly during breast augmentation procedures on patients who have a high enough body fat content to warrant the transfer. The amount of fat removed will depend on the desired outcome, and it is possible that some women may not have enough fat in one area to complete the look they want. Patients must also be mindful about removing a large section of fat from just one area in relation to their body shape. It is possible to Dr. Poser to perform liposuction on several areas to match the portion removed for the breast augmentation procedure. Fat grafting combines liposuction and breast augmentation, two procedures which many patients desire. This can produce a desired look more quickly because it can be completed all at one time, rather than separating the liposuction procedure from the breast augmentation Gainesville procedure.

Because patients are receiving their own fat, and not a synthetic or silicone implant, breast augmentations performed through fat grafting can produce a more natural breast. The fat is real so the breast feels real and natural, and generally the breast retains its sensation. Silicone gel-filled and saline-filled breast implants often need to be replaced due to malfunctions, and even when the implants are perfect, it’s still recommended to replace them every 10-12 years. That puts the patient at a slightly higher risk for loss of sensation or nerve damage. But breast augmentation through fat grafting never has to be replaced. There is no risk of rupture or noticeable displacement.

Many patients who are undergoing breast reconstruction prefer fat grafting to receiving implants, and fat grafting can be used in addition to receiving breast implants in Gainesville, FL. This is most common for women who do not have adequate breast tissue to cover an implant and hold it in place. To accommodate larger breast implants, additional fat and tissue may be required. Fat transfer can also be an alternative to positioning implants below the chest muscle. Breast size irregularities can also be addressed through fat grafting to even the size of your breasts.

It’s best for you to discuss your situation and your desired look with Dr. Poser so you can both come to an agreement on whether fat transfer is right for your procedure.

Does Dr. Poser Use Stem Cells?

The medicinal and research uses of stem cells is a concern for many for both health and ethical reasons. However, the stem cells found in fat grafting procedures is different than when stem cells are used for disease research.

Stem cells are found naturally within tissue and fat that are removed during the cosmetic surgery procedure. These cells may be transferred with the fat, but the procedure is not a stem cell transfer. Any stem cells that might be transferred are native to the fat and tissue removed through the very tiny needle used in removal stage. There are absolutely no artificial stem cells, or stem cells that have been manipulated in any way, injected during the procedure. If you have reservations whether fat grafting is right for you based on what you’ve heard about the role stem cells play in the procedure, we encourage you to consult with Dr. Poser so that he may address your concerns.

Fat grafting is just one of many ways to accommodate our patients in their breast augmentation or breast reconstruction procedures. As with all procedures, there are risks involved. Contact Dr. Poser for a consultation to discuss which breast plastic surgery is right for you.