Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

A breast augmentation with fat transfer is an alternative to breast implants to create natural looking breast implants via fat grafting and implantation.

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

4 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3300 - $15000

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The Specifics


What is a breast augmentation with fat transfer?

A breast augmentation with fat transfer is a plastic surgery procedure to create fuller, larger, and more symmetric breasts. This procedure may also be referred to as fat grafting, fat injections, lipotransfer, natural breast augmentation, and autologous fat transfer.

The Anatomy of the Female Breast

Female Breast Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

Women may pursue breast implant procedures due to aging, weight loss, pregnancy, or genetics causing small breasts. As an alternative to breast augmentation with artificial material like silicone implants or saline implants, fat transfer is a no rejection risk procedure that simultaneously provides a mini liposuction procedure to the stomach or thighs. Some individuals may wish to combine this plastic surgery with a breast lift for enhanced results.

What cosmetic concerns does a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure treat?

  1. Breast Shape & Size: Excess fat is harvested via liposuction from one area of the body and implanted into breast tissue for the most natural appearing results.
  2. Mommy Makeover: A more natural alternative to breast implants for mothers seeking to restore their breast shape and size.
  3. MTF Gender Confirmation: Transfeminine top surgery include the creation of characteristic female breasts, areola, and nipples. Autologous fat transfer may be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.

Who is the ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

The ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with fat transfer is in generally good health and is seeking to correct implant related issues like rippling and wrinkling, post breast reconstruction, or lumpectomy.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, do not have sufficient fat for transfer, or who are under 18 years of age.

What is the average recovery associated with a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

Most patients experience about one week of acute recovery following a breast augmentation with fat transfer. The new breasts typically heal within three days, however, the liposuction site may require a few initial days. Complete healing generally occurs within six weeks.

To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to breast augmentation recovery.

What are the potential side effects of a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

Possible side effects following a breast augmentation with fat transfer include bruising, numbness, pain, asymmetry, excessive blood loss, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, and unsatisfactory results.

What can someone expect from the results of a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure?

The results of a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure are immediate and long lasting improvements to the appearance of the breasts that will finalize within six months. The initial appearance may appear overfilled to compensate for natural fat reabsorption. The results will be affected by significant weight gain or weight loss.

What is the average cost of a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure?


A breast augmentation with fat transfer can cost anywhere from $3,300 to $15,000. The actual cost of a breast augmentation with fat transfer is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a breast augmentation.

thumbs-upPros

  • More Natural
  • Less Rejection

thumbs-downCons

  • Smaller Size
  • Insignificant Results

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


An alternative to implants, breast fat transfer uses liposuction to remove fat cells from the stomach, hips, and other fat-abundant body areas, and then places it in the breasts. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a breast augmentation with fat transfer.

The Takeaway


A breast augmentation with fat transfer is a cosmetic surgery to create natural looking enhancements to breast tissue. This type of breast augmentation surgery creates natural results without the use of silicone gel implants, saline implants, or a hybrid material, but rather the patient's own fat tissue.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Staff Breast Reconstruction with Implants mayoclinic.org
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