Deciding to undergo breast augmentation surgery is the first of many decisions you’ll make throughout your surgical journey. Innovations in implant technologies and alternative augmentation techniques provide today’s patients with more opportunities to customise their breast enhancement procedure than have ever been possible before.
For Asian women, this high degree of personalisation can be especially beneficial. Not only does it help us tailor the surgery to the individual’s goals, but it also allows us to design the procedure with the unique anatomical considerations and aesthetic preferences of Asian patients in mind. This is what sets Asian Plastic Surgery apart, and what creates the most attractive, natural-looking and satisfying results for our patients.
One of the first choices you will encounter is breast implants vs breast fat transfer. What are the pros and cons of each? And which one is right for you? Here are a few key considerations to help you make your decision.
Breast Implants May Be Best If...
You Want a Significant Size Increase
Does your ideal body shape involve a voluptuous bust? Are you hoping for a major volume boost or substantially enhanced cleavage? This look isn’t for everyone, but if it’s the aesthetic you adore, breast implants may be your best bet. Silicone or saline implants can achieve a significant increase in overall volume, projection from the chest wall and upper pole fullness, even for petite patients. Fat transfer is usually limited to a size increase of one cup or less, and you must have enough excess fat to qualify in the first place.
You’re Very Slender
Although Asian women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes, many are slim and small-framed with a low body mass index. Body type must be taken into consideration for fat transfer as it involves collecting excess fat from one part of the body and moving it into the breasts. You may not be a good candidate for this technique if your desired size increase requires more fat cells than you have to donate. Breast implants can give you the enhancement you want even if you don’t have fat to spare, and the results can still be discreet and natural with our advanced techniques.
You Want More Say in the Outcome
Breast implants offer the greatest flexibility and stable results. During the consultation process, you will choose the type, size, shape and profile of your implants, as well as the placement technique and the location of the incisions. A breast augmentation with implants can be customised extensively to suit your figure and aesthetic goals. Breast fat transfer does not allow for the same level of customisation, and also provides less predictable results. Some fat cells may not survive the procedure, and those that do will naturally grow or shrink if your weight fluctuates.
Fat Grafting May Be Great If...
You’re Looking for a Modest Size Increase
Having worked with many Asian patients over the years, we’ve noticed that Asian women often aren’t looking to ‘go big’ with their breast augmentation. Instead, many prefer a small size increase that enhances their femininity and improves their proportions, yet still suits their petite frame. If this sounds like the outcome you’re looking for, fat grafting may give you the results you want. Women seeking a size increase of one cup or less are typically the best candidates for a fat transfer breast augmentation.
Subtle and Natural Is Your Goal
Using your own fat to enhance your breasts means avoiding the complications that can accompany breast implants, as well as the possibility of your implants needing to be removed or replaced in the future. The results look and feel 100% natural, because they are — no foreign materials of any kind are placed inside your body. And because no incisions are made on the breasts, there is virtually no scarring left behind. These aspects of fat grafting are often appealing to our Asian patients, as they tend to favour a refined, natural look and Asian skin is more prone to keloid and hypertrophic scarring.
You Want 2x the Transformation
Breast implants can undoubtedly have a big impact on your figure, but only fat grafting can affect two areas at once. The procedure naturally and safely enhances your breasts while also slimming the areas we harvest the fat from, yielding improved contours in both places simultaneously. Some of the most popular donor sites are the abdomen, flanks, hips and thighs. Plus, this convenient two-in-one operation means you get double the benefits without double the downtime, so you can return to your normal routine faster with twice the transformation.
What If You Can’t Choose? We Have Good News...
You may not have to. A hybrid breast augmentation offers the best of both worlds by combining fat transfer with a small implant to improve cleavage, address issues with symmetry or shape, soften the lower pole and smooth the transition between the implant and your natural tissue. This can be a great option for patients who prioritise natural results and don’t want a conspicuous implant, but also want to increase their cup size by a degree that cannot be accomplished with fat grafting alone. Hybrid breast augmentations are quickly becoming a favourite for patients looking for a highly fine-tuned outcome.
Your Next Step to Naturally Beautiful Breasts
When it comes to breast augmentation, one procedure is not better than the other — it is merely a matter of aligning your goals and preferences with the best way to achieve them. Consulting a plastic surgeon who specialises in Asian procedures and being candid about your desired outcome can help you reach a sound decision.
At Asian Plastic Surgery, we strive to educate prospective breast augmentation patients thoroughly so you can make informed, confident choices about your care. Our team includes some of Sydney’s leading specialist plastic surgeons, who have extensive experience with Asian breast augmentation and a track record of beautiful results.