(English) Demystifying Hybrid Breast Augmentation
First there were breast implants. Then came along breast fat grafting. These days, plastic surgeons are combining the prowess of the two, in the form of Hybrid Breast Augmentation. Why hybrid, you may ask, if implant or fat grafting alone is enough to enhance the breasts. Dr Chia Hui Ling, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at SW1 Clinic explains why hybrid breast augmentation is the choice procedure for some women.
There are some limitations that breast implants alone cannot address effectively when it comes to breast augmentation. Fat grafting is used as an adjunct to correct imperfections with the aim to attain a more “perfect” results.
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Women who may benefit from hybrid breast augmentation include those with asymmetries. Be it unbalanced breasts, scoliosis or rib asymmetry, the ability of fat grafting to give focal correction makes it an excellent tool for creating symmetrical results.
A common feature in women is widely separated breasts. “To create a beautiful cleavage in these women,” explains Dr Chia, “placing the implant towards the middle is not the ideal solution.” Dr Chia added that by doing so, the aesthetic proportions of the breasts is not achieved. Instead, it is a better solution to have fat grafts placed in the cleavage area, in addition to breast implants to give a closer, deeper and more natural cleavage.
Breast irregularities and asymmetries are also seen after breast resection surgeries, such as lump removal, and breast infections. Breast filler injections (no longer approved in Singapore) has also given rise to complications such as infection, filler migration and breast distortion, requiring removal and causing scarring. The hybrid breast augmentation technique can work synergistically in these cases to augment the breasts and correct localized defects and scarring.
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Even in women without any asymmetries, hybrid breast augmentation is particularly suitable for ladies who are very slim but wants a soft natural result. Here, the extra veil of fat grafts placed in the breasts, over the breast implants, can achieve their desired outcome, that implants alone cannot deliver.