Earlier this year the PIP scandal left many women having second thoughts about what they were putting in their bodies. The medical profession and plastic surgeons have been working on a way of increasing breast size without the need for implants. One alternative is using our own fat from areas where there is excess and then transferring this into the breast area.
There will be a gathering of twenty of the leading plastic surgeons from around the world as well as scientists of cell biology and tissue engineering experts. They will gather at the G20 forum in a few days in Switzerland.
The technique is called ‘lipo-filling’ and is already being used across the world by many plastic surgeons as an alternative to implants. When the fat has been taken from areas of the body, it is then purified and injected into the area that needs to be filled.
The downside of this treatment is that once the fat had been transferred to a different part of the body around half of it is reabsorbed into the body after 6 months. This is due to the fact that fat cells need a blood supply so the surgeons and medical professionals will be discussing ways of growing blood vessels in the fat implant, which is called neoangiogenesis. There will also be looking at ways of having stem cells in the fat so that the fat implants last longer.
Whatever the case, plastic surgery is forever modernising and new techniques are discovered regularly, and the creation of patient-own fat grafts is just one of many exciting treatments of the future.