Scientists have confirmed a new type of breast-augmentation procedure — comparable to a technique performed on actress Suzanne Somers — that incorporates a patient's own fat cells can produce better cosmetic outcomes.
A new study of the approach — reported in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons — found the fat-grafting technique can achieve more “natural-appearing cleavage” after breast augmentation using a woman’s own fat cells.
Somers says she was one of the first American women to undergo a similar fat-grafting procedure, as part of a clinical trial, after having had breast cancer surgery.
For the new study, Francisco G. Bravo, M.D., of Clinica Gomez Bravo in Madrid analyzed the outcomes of breast augmentation surgery in 59 women — 38 of whom underwent conventional surgery using breast implants and 21 underwent a technique incorporating fat grafting.
Both groups of women reported high satisfaction rates, but the results showed a more natural cleavage in patients undergoing the fat-grafting technique. The approach involves taking a small amount of the patient's own fat from elsewhere in the body — such as the thighs or abdomen.
After processing, the fat cells are carefully placed along the inner (medial) borders of the breasts to achieve a more natural shape.
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