Implants vs. Fat Transfer: Which Breast Augmentation Technique Is Right for You?

Breast augmentation remains a leading choice for many who seek to enhance their figure. With the evolving landscape of cosmetic treatments, two primary methods have emerged as contenders: implants and fat transfer. At South Bay Aesthetics Plastic Surgery in Torrance, CA, Dr. Christopher Verbin draws on years of expertise to guide patients in making informed decisions about breast augmentation.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic treatment focused on enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. It’s usually achieved through the insertion of implants but can sometimes involve the transfer of one’s own fat to the breast area. Breast augmentation is designed to provide patients with a fuller, symmetrical, and proportionate bust in relation to their body frame.

What Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a method wherein fat is taken from one part of the body using liposuction, processed and purified, and then injected into the breasts to achieve enhancement. This technique doesn’t involve the use of synthetic implants, but instead utilizes the patient’s own body fat to increase the volume and improve the shape of the breasts.

Benefits of Fat Transfers:

  • Uses Your Own Body Fat: By utilizing your natural fat, you can have a harmonious blend with the existing breast tissue.
  • Shorter Downtime: Compared to traditional implant methods, breast augmentation recovery time with fat transfers tends to be shorter, allowing patients to return to their routines more swiftly.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Fat transfer offers a subtle and organic enhancement, ensuring the breasts retain a natural feel and appearance.

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are devices typically made from silicone and filled with saline or silicone and are inserted under the breast tissue or chest muscles to achieve a more pronounced and voluminous bust. Recognizing that many of our patients desire more dramatic results, we have honed our expertise in implants, ensuring that those who opt for this method receive optimal outcomes tailored to their aesthetic goals.

What Types of Breast Implants Are Available?


Saline implants are filled with sterile saline solution, similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. These types of implants can be adjusted more easily in terms of volume, offering flexibility during breast augmentation surgery. If a saline implant were to rupture, the body would naturally absorb and expel the saline solution.


Silicone implants are filled with a thick, gel-like silicone substance, providing a texture that many believe feels more like natural breast tissue. For those pursuing breast augmentation, silicone implants often offer a more natural look and feel compared to other options.

Gummy Bear

Gummy bear implants are a subtype of silicone implants, characterized by their firmer consistency and teardrop shape. These implants maintain their shape even if the outer shell is broken allowing for stability and a natural slope to the enhanced breast profile. This type of implant has become popular with our patients because of its increased durability and authentic-looking shape. 

Benefits of Breast Augmentation With Implants

Predictability of Size and Shape

With breast implants, there’s a clear predictability in achieving the desired size and shape. Patients have the advantage of selecting a specific volume and profile, ensuring their goals are met with precision.

Dramatic Results

One of the primary benefits of breast augmentation with implants is the ability to attain dramatic transformations. Whether you’re looking to significantly increase cup size or reshape the bust, implants provide noticeable enhancements.

Long-Term Results

Once healed, the results from a breast augmentation using implants are long-lasting. Although no implant lasts a lifetime, many patients enjoy their enhanced shape and volume for many years without complications.

Variety in Implant Types and Sizes

Patients have many choices when it comes to implant types and sizes. This variety ensures that every individual finds an implant that aligns with their vision and body anatomy.

Suitable for All Body Shapes and Compositions

Implants are versatile, catering to a broad range of body shapes and compositions. Whether you have a petite frame or a more voluptuous build, there’s an implant option that complements your unique physique.

Customizable Options

Breast augmentation surgery is personalized. With implants, you can customize aspects like profile, texture, and placement, tailoring the surgery to your specific desires and needs.

Immediate Results

Following a breast augmentation, while there is a recovery phase including swelling and bruising, you’ll still be able to see a difference in size and shape right away. As the body heals and swelling reduces, these results will become even more apparent. 

Choosing the Right Breast Augmentation Option for You

Breast enlargement options require careful consideration. Factors such as your desired size, the longevity of results, recovery time, and your individual anatomy all weigh heavily in the decision-making process. Make sure to prioritize consultations where you can openly discuss your goals and concerns with your doctor. 

During these discussions, we can offer insights into our augmentation methods, helping to tailor a strategy that best aligns with your unique aspirations. At our facility, every choice is rooted in knowledge and experience, helping you to get the best results possible.

Consultations for Breast Augmentation in Torrance, CA

If you are interested in increasing breast size, enhancing the shape of your breasts, or improving breast symmetry, breast augmentation may be the right option for you. At South Bay Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, we can walk you through all of the choices that you have when it comes to this surgery. You can contact our facility in Torrance, CA, by calling (310) 539-6500 or by filling out an online form

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