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Breast Augmentation vs. Fat Transfer Surgery

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Breast Augmentation vs. Fat Transfer SurgeryBreast augmentation is a procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon to enhance the size and volume of the breasts. The procedure has an excellent track record of success, and with advanced qualities of silicone breast implants, FDA approvals, and innovative surgical techniques, the procedure has emerged as one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries in the US.

Dr. Eugene Kim is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and other procedures to his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other areas. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kim will discuss various aspects of breast augmentation and how it compares with newer treatments such as fat transfer.

Safety Aspects

Safety is the prime concern in any plastic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation through implants or fat transfer. The patient should ask information about potential risks and address all their doubts and concerns with the cosmetic surgeon during the initial consultation process. Both fat transfer and breast implant procedures are considered very safe.

Over the years, the technology of silicone implants has improved dramatically, and produces highly aesthetically superior and safe outcomes in breast augmentation. FDA has approved silicone implants for several years now for women above the age of 21. Fat transfer technique has been used for several years for various body parts to improve the contours, and the safety quotient is very high in this case too.

While the research in the area of safety has been extensive in case of breast augmentation through implants over the years, but far less amount of research has gone into studying the results of fat transfer for breast enhancement. Dr. Kim is a dedicated plastic surgeon will address all these aspects for his patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding areas.


The primary goal of a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast enlargement is to achieve optimal size and shape of breasts as desired by the patient. In case of breast augmentation, patients have a choice of implant sizes ranging from 120cc to 960cc. Shapes may be round or tear-shaped, and breast profile options are also available. Following the FDA approvals for both saline and silicone implants breast augmentation with implants has been the dominant procedure with significantly effective and desirable results for most patients.

Fat transfer, on the other, can only produce limited breast enhancement, depending on the availability of excess removable fat in other areas of the body. While fat transfer procedure has been used with great results for the gluteal area, cheeks and lips, but re-using the fat to enhance breasts may have limitations because of the substantial amount of enlargement required in both breasts.

Implants allow for highly precise determination of dimensions and size of breasts as desired in a single operation. However, with fat grafting, the surgeon is likely to perform several treatment sessions. Fat grafting may also be more cumbersome for some patients, particularly if it requires a period of skin expansion using special devices.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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