Study shows Fat Grafting improves Breast Augmentation Results
Great news come from ASPS official journal (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). A new study published at P&RS shows that fat grafting can bring about improved cosmetic results in breast augmentation. Dr. Fransisco Bravo of Clinica Gomez Bravo, Madrid conducted a study examining the breast augmentation results of 59 women! 38 patients had conventional breast augmentation (using breast implants) surgery while the rest received breast implants plus “selective para-sternal fat grafting.”
The patients of second group had their own fat harvested from several body areas (like abdomens and thighs) and placed along the medial (inner) borders of the breasts (fat grafting) so as to achieve more natural results. To be more specific, Dr. Bravo measured the “vertical aesthetic line” (VAL) – the distance between the medial border of the breasts – in all patients and also asked 20 observers to rate the final results in paired breast photographs after digitally altering VAL.
VAL was essentialy different in patients having conventional breast augmentation (2.26 cm) comparing to the ones that also had fat grafting (0.6 cm). At the same moment 95% of the observers decided that the less the VAL is the more attractive is the cosmetic outcome of the procedure. We should also notice that the patients didn’t face any serious side effects!
It seems that the breast implants/fat grafting combo is able to provide much more natural results – a smooth transition between the breasts – making it possible to avoid the unnatural “seperated breasts” result that many patients (who had conventional breast augmentation) faced! Also it seems that the VAL parameter is a quite handy and helpful tool that can help surgeons achieve optimum, more natural results.