Breast augmentation employs breast implants to augment the breasts. It uses either saline or silicone in order to enhance the appearance of the breasts by making them larger and firmer.
However, not all women are comfortable with having foreign objects (breast implants) planted inside their bodies. Though they like to have firmer and larger boobs, the thought of having something far from natural stuck inside their bodies is more than enough to drive them away from breast implants.
As cosmetic surgery evolves through time, this particular dilemma is now addressed through the presence of fat grafting, a procedure that involves transferring fat by liposuction from certain parts of the body such as the thighs and waists to another such as the face and breasts, in order to give them a more defined shape and contour.
Transferring fat from where a broad should be narrow as an arrow to where a broad should be broad is "fabulous," says a 39-year old Toronto woman we'll call Sue Davis. "It was pretty awesome, to take fat from here and put it there. Like, hello?"
This spring, Davis was among the first patients to have her breasts contoured by Toronto plastic surgeon Trevor Born with fat harvested by liposuction from her waist and thighs.
She went to Born to inquire about having her breasts lifted or getting implants to "fill them out a little - they weren't saggy but had dropped." But, she says, "I was never really comfortable with the thought of having something foreign in me."
Of course, this procedure has its own set of complications and risks as well. In fact, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons thinks that augmenting the breast with the body's own fat should be prohibited because some side effects like cysts, calcification, and tissue scarring may occur.
Despite this warning, fat-grafting advocates such as Dr. Sydney Coleman and Trevor Born, believe that this procedure is generally safe and even exhort that the move to prohibit this practice was driven by politics.