Alternatives to Breast Implants for Augmentation: Fat Transfer vs. Hyaluronic Acid Gel Injections (Macrolane)

Plastic surgery in Los Angeles is always popular and breast augmentation is one of the most popular physical enhancement surgeries available.

February 22, 2010, Beverly Hills, CA — Plastic surgery in Los Angeles is always popular and breast augmentation is one of the most popular physical enhancement surgeries available. The debate still rages over which is the best breast implant; silicone implants or saline implants? Into the fray steps two new contestants: Macrolane injections and fat transfer. Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione, located in Beverly Hills, the exclusive shopping, restaurant and hotel enclave in Los Angeles, California is currently examining these two new methods of breast augmentation in Beverly Hills.

Macrolane is a gel that adds volume to body tissue. It can be used to fill in concave deformities and scars, and works just as well to add roundness to small or flat breasts. The results are immediate and long lasting without needing costly and time consuming plastic surgery. Macrolane itself is a stabilized version of hyaluronic acid, the same chemical that helps form cartilage in the body. According to its manufacturer Macrolane is a pure, non-animal based gel. The results of Macrolane injection treatment are immediate and long lasting but not permanent; typically results last up to 12 months at which point a re-treatment is necessary to maintain the aesthetic results.

After a local anesthetic is applied, Macrolane is injected into the problem areas. Results are immediate; the patient can see a noticeable difference in breast augmentation before and after the procedure. Also, there are a number of advantages to using Macrolane instead of permanent breast implants. These include the use of non foreign materials, the use of local instead of general anesthesia, and the swift healing rate.

For more than 100 years plastic surgeons have used fat transfers to fill in scars, sunken eyes and hallowed cheeks. It is not uncommon today for plastic surgeons to use the fat transfer method to augment the buttocks, hands and bicep and triceps muscles of the upper arms. And of course, some physicians are using a patient’s own fat to augment their breasts. Fat transfer injects fat into the areas that need contouring and shaping, such as breasts and buttocks. The fat is removed from other areas of the body and injected into the problem area, then gently massaged into place. The process is usually done around three times in order to fully correct the problem. Since the fat comes from the body, there is very little chance of the body rejecting the filler. It is an outpatient procedure with a short recovery time.

Dr. Ourian’s Epione Medical Corporation, located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, is among the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, acne scar removal, skin discoloration, lip enhancement, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and tens of others. Laser hair removal and laser tattoos are offered too. Epione also carries Dr. Ourian’s Signature Series skin care products. For further information please contact 888-951-3377.