Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Breast Implants vs. Fat Transfer for Breast Enlargement

Breast implants vs. fat transfer for breast enlargement.  Seattle Plastic Surgeon compares the two operations.

I have been doing fat transfer to the breast for about three years now.   When I started practice in 1991, fat transfer to the breast was dismissed as ineffective.  And indeed it was because the technique did not lend itself to long term viability of the fat.  These days, thanks to fat transfer pioneers like Dr. Sydney Coleman and Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, we know how to harvest, handle and inject the fat in such a way that most of the fat survives in its new location.   Fat transfer has become an important addition to my breast enhancement practice.  Based on my experience, here are the main differences between breast implants and fat transfer for breast enhancement.

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For most patients, there is a clear choice between these procedures but a few patients are really torn about which way to go.  In consultation, I provide as much information as I can about each procedure and make sure that patients understand the limitations of fat transfer and also the long term consequences of having breast implants.

Thanks for reading and check out my other blogs on fat transfer to the breast.

Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

 

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