January 9, 2013 – There are quite a few reasons that a woman might decide to have her breast implants removed. Some women decide to replace saline implants with silicone or even older silicone implants with the newer cohesive gel silicone breast implants. And in the event of a rupture or implant becoming out of position, breast implants would have to be either replaced or removed. But a recent article in Cosmetic Surgery Times noted the growing popularity of replacing breast implants with grafted fat. This cosmetic surgery procedure is called SIEF (simultaneous implant exchange with fat).

When a woman has breast augmentation, she usually does so to increase her breast size. Deciding to remove breast implants generally takes away that augmentation, but with the SIEF procedure a woman can have her breast implants removed and retain her fullness.

The SIEF procedure starts by having the woman wear a special bra that helps to expand the breast tissue to allow room for the grafted fat to be injected. This bra is worn for about three weeks prior to the surgery, according to the article. Then fat is harvested from the woman’s
abdomen or thighs and injected into the expanded space above the breast implants. The breast implants are then removed and the grafted fat migrates into the empty implant space. More grafted fat is injected around the area to fill out the space.

According to the article, breast size is just about the same after replacing breast implants with grafted fat.

So if you’re a woman with breast implants and have thought about having them removed but would like to retain fullness, you should speak with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has experience with the SIEF procedure as well as fat transfer breast augmentation.

[tags]SIEF, Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants[/tags]