I am regularly receiving mails from slender patients that are interested in CAL (stem cell-assisted lipotransfer) for breast augmentation. Often these patients were told that they were not suitable for CAL, like the one in this mail:
Hello DDr. Heinrich,
I’m living in Italy and I’m told the stem cell method for breast augmentation is not suitable for me. I’m 164 cm/55 kg.
If I send you my picture, could you give me your opinion? I am very much interested in the CAL operation!
Yes, kindly send photos of breasts, thighs, and buttocks. In slender women the fat harvesting for CAL (Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer) needs imperatively to be done exclusively with microcannulas (1 to 2.5 mm diameter) as harvesting with standard cannulas (3 to 6 mm diameter) does not yield enough fat in these women. We are regularly being contacted by patients having been told that they had not enough fat for CAL. In most of them harvesting with microcannulas is the solution, as fat harvesting can smoothly be performed also in areas too sensible for fat harvesting with standard cannulas.
It is very important to understand that smooth harvesting of sufficient amounts of fat for breast augmentation with CAL is best performed with microcannulas. These microcannulas allow for fat harvesting in areas too sensible for the usage of standard cannulas and provide an excellent, even, and scar-free cosmetic result.
DDr. Heinrich, MD