Alternatives to silicone implants: breast augmentation with your body’s own fat
Instead of silicone gel implants, saline implants or a breast augmentation using your own body fat may be chosen. Nowadays, saline implants are hardly ever used as they are much harder than silicone implants. They can reduce in volume after a certain period of time or even burst. Saline is not dangerous or harmful, but surgery would be required in any case to remove the outer shell that always consists of silicone, anyway.
A breast augmentation using your own body fat is performed in conjunction with liposuction. With the help of our suction method, your fat cells remain “alive” and connect quickly with their new environment. Therefore, your breasts feel very natural. A one-off treatment under local anaesthetic can increase your chest by up to one cup size. Compared to the usual surgery with implants, patients undergoing a breast augmentation with their own body fat tend to recover much more quickly. However, one potential disadvantage is that your body may break down its own fat in time and the procedure may have to be repeated.
What happens during a breast augmentation at Dr. Bodo’s practice in Berlin?
Advice after breast augmentation surgery
After your breast surgery, you will need to wear a support bra day and night for 6 weeks. For the first 10-14 days you should take it easy and avoid any exertion. We also recommend that you do not consume nicotine or alcohol during that time. After 2 weeks you can resume your daily chores. However, you should avoid any heavy strain on your pectoral muscles (sports, heavy lifting), skipping or jumping as well as working for extended periods with your arms lifted above your head. You should also avoid lying on your stomach during this time. After removing the plasters, we recommend you apply cream and massage the scars every day to help with the healing process – if necessary with special scar care that you can obtain from us.
Will the breast augmentation leave scars?
Yes. Despite surgical techniques involving minimal scarring a breast correction will always leave a scar when we insert an implant. Depending on the size of the implant, this is usually only a few centimetres long and is placed in such a way as to be barely visible later on.
What are the potential risks and side effects of breast surgery?
During the consultation you will be asked about any allergies, pre-existing conditions etc. Blood clotting disorders and a pregnancy must be ruled out. Depending on the placement and size of the implant you will feel some pain in the chest area during the first 4-5 days after surgery, possibly accompanied by slight swelling. We can counteract these complaints by administering light medication.
During the first 6 weeks after your treatment, until the implants have become attached, the implant may slip due to incorrect postoperative behaviour. Therefore, it is very important that you wear the special bra and avoid any strain on your pectoral muscles.
Capsular contracture (hardening of the implant), which is a potential risk, hardly ever occurs with the implants used by us. During the healing process the body forms a capsule around the implant. The attaching tissue is usually very soft and feels natural. In rare cases, this capsule may harden, which can result in the implant becoming deformed. Treatment of a capsular contracture is not a problem, but requires surgery again.
Further risks, like with any surgery, are inflammations, thrombosis, numbness or bleeds. We will inform you extensively about all potential complications before your surgery.
Is it possible and sensible to have a breast augmentation without surgery?
There is no reputable, officially accredited and above all lasting and effective method for breast augmentation without surgery, even if many women would like that for fear of scars after a breast augmentation. Filling the breasts, e.g. by injecting Hyaluronic acid or other so-called fillers, including a Macrolane breast augmentation, has the distinct disadvantage of the effect wearing off very quickly and the treatment potentially having to be repeated every 1-2 years. At present, breast augmentations with Hyaluronic acid are not permitted in Germany.
Breast augmentation by means of injecting saline only have a very short-term effect and bear the risk of heavy pain and the breasts literally wearing out. This procedure is therefore not officially offered or performed in Germany – it is exceedingly dubious and shady.