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Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer: Natural Breast Enhancement

Are you considering breast augmentation but on the fence about undergoing traditional breast implant surgery? If so, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there’s a safe and natural alternative: fat-transfer breast augmentation. This cutting-edge procedure uses your own body’s fat to enhance the size and shape of your breasts, helping provide a more natural-looking and youthful appearance. But what exactly is involved in this innovative procedure, and is it right for you? In this guide, we’ll delve into the details of fat transfer breast augmentation, discuss its many benefits over traditional implants, and help you determine whether it’s the perfect option to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is an innovative cosmetic procedure that’s becoming increasingly popular for women looking to enhance the size and shape of their breasts more naturally. This procedure involves taking fat from other areas, including:

  • Hips
  • Inner
  • Thighs
  • Outer Thighs
  • Stomach

The fat is then grafted and transferred to your breasts to increase their size and volume.

Unlike traditional breast augmentation, which requires the use of silicone or saline implants, fat transfer breast augmentation uses your own fat tissue to create a more natural look and feel.

The process of fat transfer breast augmentation involves three key steps. First, your plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove excess fat from a donor area of your body. The harvested fat is then purified and processed to remove impurities or excess fluids. Finally, the purified and transferred fat is carefully injected into your breasts to enhance their size, shape, and symmetry.

Fat transfer breast augmentation can provide the most natural-looking results. Unlike traditional breast implants, which can create an unnatural appearance, fat transfer breast augmentation uses your body’s own tissue to enhance your breasts, resulting in a more realistic and aesthetically pleasing look.

Some breast augmentation patients prefer fat transfer because there is no risk of implant rupture, leakage, or capsular contracture. Additionally, because the fat is taken from your own body, there is no risk of allergic reaction or implant rejection.

What Can Fat Transfer Do for Breast Enhancement?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is ideal for those who want a subtle increase in breast size and volume. The procedure can also address asymmetry and improve the overall shape of your breasts, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Fat transfer breast augmentations can also address areas of the body where there may be excess fat that a patient wants to eliminate, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. Patients can achieve a more sculpted and contoured body shape by using fat cells to enhance the breasts.

Finally, fat transfer breast augmentation can offer long-lasting results, with many patients reporting satisfaction with the procedure’s outcome for years after the initial surgery. While results may vary depending on the individual, proper maintenance of a healthy weight can help to maintain the results of the procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Ideal candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation are those looking for a subtle increase in breast size and volume and have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome.

Good candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation also have enough excess fat in their own body to donate to the procedure. Patients should have enough fat in the areas they want to graft to achieve the desired breast profile.

It’s also important that candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation are in good overall health, both physically and mentally. Patients with underlying medical conditions or those who smoke may not be good candidates for the procedure, as these factors can increase the risk of complications during and after the surgery.

A good surgeon will be able to assess whether a patient is a suitable candidate for fat-transfer breast augmentation.

The Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Process

The fat transfer breast augmentation process typically involves three key steps: liposuction, fat processing, and fat injections. Let’s take a closer look at each step of the process.


During the liposuction phase of the procedure, a small cannula is used to remove fat from a donor area of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen. The amount of body fat collected will depend on the patient’s goals and the amount of excess fat available in the donor area.

Fat Processing

Once the fat has been collected, it is filtered to remove impurities or excess fluids. This results in a concentrated amount of pure fat that is ready to be injected into the breasts.


Finally, the purified fat is carefully injected into the breasts to enhance their size, shape, and symmetry. The fat is typically injected in small amounts using a fine cannula, which helps to ensure that the injected fat is evenly distributed throughout the breast tissue. Multiple injections may be necessary to achieve the desired results for your breast fat transfer procedure.

The entire fat transfer breast augmentation process typically takes several hours to complete, depending on the amount of fat being collected and the complexity of the procedure.

Breast Fat Transfer Risks

So, is a fat transfer safe? Overall, fat transfer breast augmentation is a very safe and effective procedure.

Like any surgical procedure, it does carry some risks. One of the most significant fat transfer breast augmentation risks associated with fat transfer breast augmentation is the possibility of infection. And in some cases, patients may also experience temporary swelling, bruising, or discomfort following the procedure. These side effects typically subside within a few weeks of surgery and can be managed with pain medication and rest.

Very rarely, a fat embolism can occur when fat gets into the bloodstream and travels to other body parts, such as the lungs, where it can cause serious complications. Other rare complications include microcalcification, bleeding, and fluid buildup. Working with an ABPS board-certified plastic surgeons is the best way to avoid complications.

What to Expect After a Fat Transfer Procedure

After a breast enlargement with a fat transfer, patients can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated areas. However, most patients can resume normal activities within a week of surgery, although strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for several weeks to allow for proper healing.

In addition to swelling and bruising, patients may experience numbness or tingling in the treated areas. This is typically temporary and will subside as the body continues to heal.

To help manage any discomfort or swelling following the procedure, patients may be given pain medication and instructed to wear a compression garment. This can help to reduce swelling and breast fat transfer complications. Patients should also avoid sleeping on their stomachs or sides for the first few weeks following the procedure to avoid putting pressure on the treated areas. Additionally, avoiding any activities that could cause breast trauma, such as contact sports or heavy lifting, is important.

Patients can expect to see some immediate improvement in size and breast shape following fat grafting breast augmentation. However, it can take several weeks to months for the full results of the fat grafting procedure to become apparent. During this time, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your plastic surgeon to ensure proper healing and optimal results.

The Downsides of Breast Fat Transfer

As we mentioned earlier, plastic surgery also comes with a few risks that can be seen as a potential downside to this procedure. Of course, following your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions helps mitigate these risks.

Fat transfer breast augmentation may also not provide the same level of enhancement as traditional breast implants. While the procedure can offer a natural-looking and subtle increase in breast size and volume, patients with more significant enhancement goals may be better suited for traditional silicone and saline implants. This underscores the importance of realistic expectations and open communication with your plastic surgeon to ensure that the procedure fits your goals.

Will I Need More Than One Fat Transfer Procedure?

In some cases, patients may require more than one procedure to achieve their desired results. This may be due to factors such as how much fat is available for transfer, the desired level of enhancement, or the individual patient’s response to the procedure. It’s best to chat with your surgeon to fully understand whether you’ll need additional procedures to get your dream look.

You Can Achieve Your Dream Look

Fat transfer breast augmentation offers patients a safe and effective way to enhance their breasts with natural-looking results. By carefully weighing the risks and benefits of the procedure and choosing an experienced ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon, patients can achieve their desired results with minimal risk of complications.

If you are considering fat transfer breast augmentation in the Seattle region or any other cosmetic surgery procedure, you can schedule a consultation with ABPS Board Certified Dr. Shahram Salemy, who can outline the advantages and disadvantages of fat grafting for breast augmentation and can determine whether this procedure is appropriate for you. Dr. Salemy will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your individual needs and goals, helping you achieve the look you desire with confidence and peace of mind.

Contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Salemy and take the first step toward achieving your aesthetic and personal goals

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Dr. Salemy is an award-winning, ASPS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) practicing in Seattle, WA. As Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery and President of The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Shahram Salemy strives to advance the field and practice of plastic surgery for both his patients and his university students. Learn more about Dr. Shahram Salemy and his esteemed background.
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