The New “Gold Standard” In Breast Augmentation
A hybrid (or Composite) breast augmentation refers to a breast enlargement procedure using both implants and your own fat. This is now considered the “Gold Standard” for women who want a substantial increase in breast volume but who do not have sufficient fat to achieve the result by fat transfer alone.
The hybrid breast augmentation is especially suitable for women who have asymmetry, who are thin, have a bony chest, have a chest wall deformity such as an indented or prominent sternum and for women who want the more natural look that fat transfer provides but desire more volume than can be achieved by fat alone.
The main advantage of adding fat to a breast implant in a breast augmentation procedure is that the fat can be placed strategically in the cleavage and around the implant to “soften the edges” and give a far more natural look.
Another advantage is that a smaller implant can be used. The following is well known amongst plastic surgeons:-
“Big implant big problems
Small implant small problems
No implant no problems!”
There is no question that the safest way to have a breast augmentation procedure is to rely completely on your own fat. This is called an autologous fat transfer. The result will, of course, depend on the amount of fat that is available.