Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, but some women are just not happy with what nature gave them, or how experience (read: breast feeding ) and age have affected their chest. Some women opt for breast implants if they feel the need to augment their natural shape, but there's also a controversial procedure available for those who want to add just a little volume. It's kind of a two-for-one procedure that goes like this: body fat is removed from areas where it is plentiful, such as the booty or thighs, via liposuction and injected into breast tissue.
Concerns that re-planted fat could harden and calcify, making mammograms difficult to read, led to a couple of studies to investigate the issue. To learn what the studies found and how effective the injection technique is, read more.
One recent study found that no abnormalities appeared on mammograms, and it was actually easier to see breast tissue in breasts that were augmented with fat injections as compared to implants. Another study of 50 women, who had fat from their thighs injected into their breasts, found that the women's bust measurement only increased by a small amount. That means more injections would be needed in order to achieve the desired size, so overall, this procedure takes more time than surgical implants. The fat injection technique is pricier as well.
Add to the discussion the fact that doctors aren't sure how much fat is needed to enlarge breasts to the desired size. The fat needs to develop a blood supply and if it doesn't, it dies and goes away. If it does develop a blood supply, the only issue then is that when a woman gains weight, her breasts will grow, and if she loses weight, her breasts will shrink.
The bottom line is that although this procedure seems like a dream come true, it's expensive, time-consuming, and may not provide expected results. Maybe don't mess with Mother Nature, but invest in a good bra?