US surgeons discuss new breast enlargement techniques

Surgeons at Plastic Surgery 2008, the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), have been discussing new breast enlargement techniques.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, one major point of discussion has been the viability of removing unwanted fat from the stomach and thighs and transferring them into the breasts.

Many surgeons have expressed the opinion that fat graft injections can produce more natural breast augmentation effects and could be preferable for women seeking smaller rises in cup size - a trend that's becoming increasingly common in the UK.

However, there's still much debate on the efficacy of such a procedure. The newspaper states that one Texas-based ASPS surgeon said: "It does sound great, but the question is, is it too good to be true? I don't think we have the data to answer that question."

Another New York-based surgeon added: "[Fat grafts are] usually the safer choice and the more natural choice. If we can do this, it makes a lot of sense."

Despite the general enthusiasm for the idea, it appears that the main concerns plaguing cosmetic surgeons at the conference are that fat grafts may not last long-term in the breasts. However, clinical tests have shown that the use of fat graft injections to smooth out any wrinkles left on breasts after surgery is effective and safe.

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US and the UK. Liposuction, through which unwanted fat is removed through the body, follows closely behind.