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Women talk: Grow your own from thigh fat

Why women would want to torture themselves by undergoing certain cosmetic surgeries is beyond me. Take Emma Harding, a 25-year-old woman who was made redundant and, last December, using her redundancy money, became the first woman in Britain to undergo a platelet injection fat transfer (PIFT).

"I've heard of that!" Maggie squealed. "It's, like, you get liposuction on your tummy and your thighs and then the fat is, like, mixed with um . . . some other body cells, and then the whole lot is reinjected back into the breasts to make them, like, whatever size you want. Some people are calling it 'grow your own breasts'."

Maggie was bang on. Dissatisfied with a chest size of 32B, Emma wanted to go bigger but not melon size. "Having silicone implants was not for me," she said. "I may have wanted a bigger chest but I didn't want to look like Jordan. And I didn't like the idea of something alien in my breasts."

Personally, I found it a bit strange that she didn't consider alien the fact that someone had just taken a wallop of fat from one part of her body and injected it into another part.

The procedure is being offered in Britain by two Harley Street surgeons who also happen to be twins (are you getting the creeps yet?) called Roberto and Maurizio Viel.

It goes a bit like this. After the patient has handed over £3,500, (€3,878) Bob and Mauz will use Vaser Lipo to harvest fat -- about two and a half pints are required to boost the breasts by one cup size -- which is then refrigerated so it doesn't decompose. This harvested fat can then be used for the procedure itself and for the six monthly top-ups.

Initially, Emma was a little concerned about the long term effects of PIFT but the Viel brothers assured her that the procedure has already been carried out in the US -- which, when you think about it, means sweet Fanny Adams. However, I don't think Emma should be too worried about long-term effects because as the Viels explained, the PIFT enhancement only lasts up to two years -- hardly time for Emma to wear out her new bras.

At the Royal Free hospital in London, plastic surgery consultant Jag Chana, says "women who choose this operation are guinea pigs,".

Nevertheless, Emma believes that her redundancy money has been well spent as, I suspect, do the Viles -- sorry, I mean the Viels . . .