According to information from a new study by the Miami Breast Center, fat grafting breast augmentation is quickly becoming a natural alternative to breast implants. The study was detailed thoroughly in a recent article on Medical Daily.
Though fat grafting is a popular procedure in facial fillers and buttocks augmentation, it has not been considered a viable breast option until recently. This was partially due to the relatively low survival rates of the grafted fat. As a result of the limited volume available naturally within healthy, elastic breast skin, the fat survival rates for transferred fat were only about 55%. This made it difficult to achieve volume goals. The BRAVA device, which is a suction-pump bra, has helped to address this problem.
During the Miami study, which was led by Dr. Roger Khouri, women wore the BRAVA device for four weeks prior to their breast augmentation. During this time, the breasts were slowly and comfortably expanded in volume to create a healthy environment for the transferred fat.
Overall, for the 81 women who participated in the study, the BRAVA device helped to increase the fat transfer survival rate from 55% to 82%. The increased volume of augmentation was significant as well, increasing from 130cc without the BRAVA device to 230 cc with the device.
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