Implants Vs. Fat Injections

Fat injections are a growing option for refining breast appearance. Before you decide you want to pursue implants or lipoinjection, make sure you know the difference between the two.

A breast enhanced with fat is completely fluid, and the enhancement is virtually undetectable. Breast implants can be felt and sometimes seen beneath the skin.

A woman must have an ample fat supply to achieve the volume of enhancement she desires using lipoinjection. Implants come in varying sizes and shapes to accommodate different body types and volumetric increases.

Some of the fat injected may not survive, so a woman may lose volume or need more than one procedure to achieve her desired size. Placing an implant is theoretically a one-time procedure, although throughout life, a woman may want to or be advised to have her implants replaced.

Surgery to augment breasts with fat is a two-step procedure lasting six to eight hours with a $30,000 price tag. Placing implants is a one-step, one- to two-hour procedure usually costing between $6,000 and $10,000.

Recovery following lipoinjection is somewhat longer than with implant surgery, as both the breast and the donor site must heal. It may take six months or more for final results to take shape after injections, whereas final implant results appear within six to eight weeks.

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