USA – Purified Fat Could Be an Alternative to Breast Implants

Solana Beach, CA-based Puregraft has developed a technology that would use a person’s own fat for breast augmentation or restructuring.

There has been intense discussion lately about the risks associated with breast implants. France has gone so far as to ban the use of textured breast implants – an act that occurred earlier this month.

Solana Beach, CA-based Puregraft has developed an option other than an implant – a technology that would use a patient’s own fat, for breast augmentation, or restructuring.

“Fat transfer, believe it or not, is the most popular procedure that you’ve never heard of,” Brad Conlan, Puregraft CEO, told MD+DI. “The first fat transfer on the books happened in the late 1800s. The question has always been if it’s so great why isn’t it [used more].”

One of the biggest markets for Puregraft is France, which is the first country to ban the implants. The ban covers macro-textured implants and implants with a polyurethane coating. The National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) in France notified manufacturers of the ban last week.

The ANSM said it has not found a causal link between ALCL and the textured breast implants, but it is imposing the ban nonetheless as a « precautionary measure. » Since 2011, 59 cases have been reported in France, and most women affected by the disease had textured breast implants…