Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation


Fat transfer to the breasts, alternatively referred to as “fat transfer breast augmentation” or “breast lipofilling,” is a cosmetic surgical technique employed to enhance breast size by utilizing your body’s natural fat, which is obtained through liposuction.

Procedure Time:

1 hour

Return to Work:

1 - 2 weeks

Full Recovery:

3 - 6 months




What to expect

Here’s what you can generally expect when considering fat transfer breast augmentation:

1. Consultation:

  • You’ll begin by scheduling a consultation with a consultant experienced in fat transfer procedures.
  • During the consultation, you will discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have. The surgeon will evaluate your candidacy for the procedure, including assessing the amount of available donor fat.

2. Evaluation:

  • The surgeon will evaluate your overall health, body composition, and breast anatomy to determine if you have sufficient donor fat and if fat transfer is the right option for you.

3. Donor Fat Harvesting:

  • The procedure typically begins by harvesting fat from a donor area on your body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. Liposuction techniques are used to collect the fat.

4. Fat Purification:

  • The harvested fat is processed to remove impurities, blood, and excess fluids. This purified fat is then prepared for injection.

5. Anesthesia:

  • Fat transfer breast augmentation is usually performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, ensuring your comfort during the procedure.

6. Fat Injection:

  • The surgeon will strategically inject the purified fat into the breast tissue to achieve the desired augmentation.
  • Multiple small injections are made to distribute the fat evenly and create a natural-looking result.

7. Recovery:

  • After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort at both the donor and recipient sites. This typically subsides within a few weeks.
  • You may be instructed to wear a compression garment over the donor area to aid in healing.

8. Healing and Scarring:

  • The healing process can take several weeks to months. The scars from the small incisions used for liposuction and fat injection are typically minimal and well-hidden.

9. Results:

  • The final results of fat transfer breast augmentation become more apparent as the swelling subsides and the transferred fat settles.
  • While some fat may be reabsorbed by the body, a portion typically remains, resulting in enhanced breast size and improved shape.

10. Long-Term Maintenance:

  • Maintaining a stable weight is important to preserve the results of fat transfer breast augmentation.
  • Follow-up appointments with your surgeon will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing.

11. Limitations:

  • It’s important to note that fat transfer breast augmentation may not provide the same degree of size increase as traditional breast implants. The extent of augmentation achievable with fat transfer is often limited by the amount of donor fat available.

12. Future Touch-Ups:

  • In some cases, patients may choose to undergo additional fat transfer procedures to achieve their desired breast size and shape.

Fat transfer breast augmentation is considered a safe and well-tolerated procedure with the advantage of using your own natural tissue. However, results can vary, and not all patients are ideal candidates. It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and determine if fat transfer breast augmentation is suitable for you.