Silicone is so last year! The latest trend in breast augmentation is to go au natural by using your own fat to enhance your cup size instead of silicone or saline implants. Approximately 4 million women in the Unites States have breast implants and many of those implants will need to be replaced after 10 years, says Peter Fodor, M.D., a cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif. About 15 to 20 percent of women with silicone implants will experience a hardening of the implant, says Dr. Fodor, and many are at risk for leakage or even rupturing, making this new trend a safer long-term alternative.
“The fat cells are usually taken from the lower stomach and thighs (favored locations by surgeons because there usually no telltale signs),” explains Fodor. Once the fat has been extracted, it gets processed and then injected under the existing breast fat and muscle tissue and sculpted into shape. While the two-hour process isn't cheap (generally 50-100 percent more than most implant surgeries), it's growing in popularity because it's less invasive, it doesn’t require incisions, the implant isn't synthetic and the procedure doubles as liposuction.