The FDA does not approve medical procedures, but it has approved a number of technologies related to fat transfers for breast augmentation, and others are under evaluation. At the Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery, we only use FDA-approved technologies, except in association with clinical trials.
In 2009, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released the conclusions of its task force on fat grafting for breast augmentation. These conclusions included that the procedure seems to be effective and severe complications “appear to be extremely rare.” Therefore, the ASPS decided to allow surgeons to use their personal and professional judgment in deciding whether to perform the procedure.
The ASPS task force also noted that the success of the procedure seems to be highly dependent on a surgeon’s technique and expertise, making it crucial you select a plastic surgeon with a demonstrated track record of success at this procedure.