I haven’t had it, and I don’t know anyone who has. About 6 weeks ago, I underwent a traditional breast augmentation for silicone implants from an A to B cup as I only wanted a modest augmentation. My experience was great, and I had very little pain (no exaggerations here). I would say you experience mild discomfort through the healing process, not pain.
To address some of your concerns…Silicone is a complex polymer made of smaller particles of silicon. The outside of saline and silicone implants are made of this, and the inside of the silicone only. Silicon is the most common element on Earth. Beach sand is made from silicon and it is used as a food stabilizer in the foods we eat. Silicon occurs naturally in the human body in relatively large quantities. It is one of the most inert elements known to man and is ideal to make medical devices such as implantable joint prosthesis, heart pacers, catheters for IV access and breast implants. The human body naturally resists any foreign material implantation, but silicone implants are some of the best tolerated since it is an essential mineral found throughout our bodies. It’s know for it’s ability to combine with calcium, potassium, and phosphorus to build strong bones, nails, and teeth. It is also need for maintaining a normal rate of hair growth.
As for natural, I think my silicone look and feel pretty natural. I know a lot of you probably won’t believe me, but they do move like real breasts. I think because I went with a relatively small size and I have my own breast tissue on top and the implant under the muscle that they feel more real. Now, if I went from an A to a D or E…they I am sure they would feel really hard as most of my breast would be silicone. When I lie down they move out, when I run they bounce. I’ve been massaging the heck out of them because they doctor said it helps with the natural appearance. I’ve definitely seen a difference over the weeks.
Now, I don’t know about injecting fat into your body, so I can’t comment on that. However, I don’t think i’d want to test out a new procedure until it’s widespread, but that’s just me. On the other hand, I don’t understand how they can say it’s minimally invasive. I think you are forgetting about the first part of the procedure. The last time I checked, liposuction is pretty invasive as they jam that metal/plastic rod into your body to harvest the fat through a tube. My step-mother had it done around her thighs, hips, and love handles. You are extremely bruised and sore and it takes weeks to heal. She could hardly walk and was in bed for days on pain meds. Here is a question that I couldn’t find an answer to on the link you provided…how do they get that harvested fat back into the breast? I would think it requires a similar tube that they use to remove it but I could be wrong as I am no doctor. I don’t think it can be as easy as injecting it with a needle. Plus, the website even said that sometimes a splint is needed to make sure the fat stays in the right place. Again, that sounds like a pretty big deal to me.
On the other hand, I had a BA and was walking to the car 45 minutes after surgery, went to Whole Foods with my fiance on the way home to pick up dinner, to the doctors the next day for my post-op check up, and then out to eat at our favorite local restaurant. Yes, I have a small scar under my breast that is healing, but I don’t see how this “new” procedure is any less surgical. You are still going under the knife so to speak (surgical procedure, anesthesia, scarring, etc.).
I would stick to silicone and/or saline. In my case, I went with silicone because it does feel more natural than saline.