Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation With Stem Cells.

So why am I writing about breast augmentation, besides the obvious fact I like breasts? I read a lot of diverse publications, and when I came across this topic in an issue of Plastic Surgery Practice, I thought it was an interesting topic many in the fitness/bodybuilding arena might also find interesting and potentially useful….Sounds like science fiction, or at the very least, some future way of increasing breast size, but it’s not. It’s a technology being used now in fact. No more implants, but your own real tissue.

I’m sure most reading this recall  some years ago talk about transferring fat from one place – such as the hips, stomach, etc –  to the breasts as the next big thing in breast augmentation (BA) procedures, but then the idea seemed to drop off. It was another one of those ideas that sounded great “on paper” but didn’t pan out so well. Due to the way the fat was harvested,  50% or more of the fat tissue transferred died, and was simply reabsorbed. It often left lumpy spots, and possibility of calcifications was another possible side effect. Thus, why it was a short lived idea, but that does not mean it went away…

As with many early technologies, it needed some additional work to be viable, and it appears that time is here. With much improved harvesting and implanting techniques, and using stem cells (more on that in a minute) to greatly improve survival rates of the transferred fat, according to a Dr. Malan interviewed  in a recent issue of Plastic Surgery Practice (1) over 80% of the tissue transferred survives and newer techniques look very natural with very low rates (lower then for that of implants  BTW) of complications.

Here’s how it works: it’s normally done during a liposuction procedure. The removed  fat tissue  is then  divided. Part of the fat tissue  has its stem cells extracted and purified, so this is using the person’s own stem cells for the procedure. The stem cells that were extracted and purified  are then mixed with the remaining fat tissue, and implanted using very small needles injected into the breast tissue. The stem cells release growth factors that lead blood vessels to grow (giving the newly implanted fat a blood supply so it does not die) as well as other assistance such as less trauma and swelling. Some have suggested the addition of the stem cells actually leads to additional breast tissue growth beyond what was implanted, but I don’t believe that’s been researched.

The end result is, larger breasts using your own tissues and no implants to worry about, with the bonus of some fat removed from the areas of liposuction. Flatter tummy, bigger boobs, in one shot.

Although some still consider the  procedure  in the “experimental stage” it’s been done in other countries outside the US for some time now, and a few docs in the US have been doing it with a fairly large number of patients. Todd Malan, M.D. at the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, AZ, is probably the doc with the most experience in the US using stem cell augmented BA.

This will probably be the true BA women have been searching for if the procedure gets greater attention and acceptance in the cosmetic medical field as it  appears to be a big step forward in BA. As far as I can tell so far, the major drawback to typical BA is it costs more, but if it’s as big a step forward over implants it seems, it sounds worth it.

For a list of docs using this method, click HERE

(1) Jan 2010, p16

  1. makster 12 years ago

    Nothing wrong with a good article about breasts!

  2. healthandmuscle 12 years ago

    yeah, not seeing a downside , good article as well.

  3. Mike Johnson 12 years ago

    Thanks Will:
    This is very interesting, Might be great for the older athletic lady. Do readers and you think that breasts are getting larger over the last few decades? Looks that way to me 🙂

  4. izreol ramirez 12 years ago

    Hi Will
    continue (Denver Colorado) i was just wondering if you knew of any reasearch or anything so that i way i could help myself. this is taking havoc on my bodybuilding and i also understand that insulin is a major hormone that says if you are gonna lose/gain wieght
    thank you
    Izreol ( Denver, Colorado)

    • Author
      willbrink 12 years ago

      How does that question relate to the blog topic if breast augmentation? 😮

  5. Dyl 12 years ago

    The marvels of technology, however wrt body recompsition in woman I assume implanted fat will be re-absorbed when the bodyfat drops to low levels (10 – 12%)?

    • Author
      willbrink 12 years ago

      Dyl, not sure how the new tissue responds to BF levels, but it stands to reason some may be lost when BF levels get low enough. Would be interesting to hear what what clinical experience has been with that.

  6. Fitness 12 years ago

    First thing that women should do is think long and hard about why you want breast augmentation.

  7. Dian Bob 12 years ago

    Not sure why google sent me over to your but I must say I am now pretty entertained by the information you have aggregated together. How many years did it take to end up with so many users to your blog? I am rather new to this WWW thing.

  8. Stacy Rance 12 years ago

    Great Read! Keep up the good work, Very imformative.

  9. It’s pretty impossible to find things you are looking for these days unlike this post, thanx

  10. mommyof4 12 years ago

    Hi – I actually had BeautiFill X ( the stem cell enhanced natural Breast augmentation) with Dr. Malan. Becasue of a surgery several years ago, my left breast was uneven and smaller than my right breast. I knew that breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast surgeries in Europe and Japan have been using this same procedure as a natural way to correct their breasts. After doing research I realized Dr. Malan was the best, he actually trains other docs in the U.S to do it safely and effectively. I am very happy I had this procedure. I feel much more confident. My biggest concern was keeping a natural look so i am very happy that i am still all natural, no implants or harmful chemicals in my body.

    • Author
      willbrink 12 years ago

      Glad it worked out for you!

    • lauren 12 years ago

      Hi Mommyof4,
      I am considering getting this procedure but can not find much reviews about it online. Do you mind telling me a little bit more about your experience? I find one client said her breast completely deflated, which really scares me. Do you mind telling me what was your before and after size? Did it hurt? Did you experience any complications? Any scars? How long was recovery? Any cacification? Does it look and feel very natural? Thank you sooooo much!!!

  11. Mandy 12 years ago

    @lauren: I hope my most gets through as it may be helpful for you. I have undergone this procedure more than one year ago at Dr. Heinrich in Vienna, Europe. Although I am not from Austria originally, I have lived there for some years now, so I just booked a consultation. My breasts feel very natural and I fortunately didn't experience any complications. It took some days for the post-op swelling to disappear. I gained one cup size in total starting at a small B cup. Just look up Dr. Heinrich's website for a whole lot of before and after photographs.

  12. jimmycolleen 12 years ago

    I've recently lost 30 pounds over the past six months. Though the overall fat content of my body has decreased, the size of my breasts has remained the same. Now they look totally out of proportion. Is there any exercise that I can try to reduce the size of my breast or do I get a liposuction. Please Advise.
    I've tried searching, but this is all that i could get : http://goo.gl/tLeI

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