You may be familiar with the concept of Fat Grafting to Breasts, a procedure that involves the transfer of fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks to enhance other parts of the body, including the breasts. This process combines liposuction to remove excess fat cells from specific donor areas and advanced re-injection techniques to augment the breasts.
In recent years, fat injections, also known as ‘fat grafting’ or ‘fat transfer,’ have gained popularity as a method for breast enlargement. However, the question remains: Can a Plastic Surgeon use liposuction to relocate fat from the buttocks, hips, or thighs to create fuller breasts? Is fat grafting via liposuction a valid alternative to traditional breast implants? This questions are answered below.
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The basics of Liposuction and Fat Transfer to Breasts
If you’re considering fat transfer there are some key things you need to consider before you book a consultation;
- The surgery DOES require a general anaesthetic.
- Our Melbourne Breast Surgeons perform cosmetic surgery procedures and plastic surgery procedures in accredited Hospital facilities in Victoria.
- Not all of the fat injected remains in the treated area. As a result, many patients may need more than one procedure. It depends on how MUCH fat they want in their breasts.
- The Fat Grafting/Fat Transfer from Buttocks to Breasts may not suit every patient or body type.
- Fat grafting using liposuction and fat injections is best for candidates who want only a small enhancement or breast enlargement. In other words, a half-cup to a cup size increase.
- Weight changes WILL change your result. This is the same as most other surgeries that involve body contouring, breast enhancement or breast lift surgery.
- Fat Grafting may not cost less than implants and for some, procedure costs may be about the same or more.
The Key Benefits of Liposuction and Fat Transfer to Breasts are as follows;
- For small cup size increases or breast volume increases, a small enhancement may be all that a patient requires.
- The procedure uses your own body fat and not an implant. This means there will not be a future need to remove and replace the breast implant.
- If you are allergic to implants, then fat transfer may be an option for you.
- You can shape BOTH your buttocks or abdomen AND your breasts during the same surgery session (*may vary between patients). For example; You can reduce buttock fat and increase your bust size using your own body cells once they are processed after liposuction.
To find out more about the pros, cons and procedure risks of Fat Grafting to Breasts or of Liposuction (with Fat Grafting or as a stand-alone body contouring procedure), send a confidential enquiry form, below.
Fat Injections to Breasts: Does Fat Grafting Really Work?
The short answer is YES, you can transfer fat to breasts using fat grafting methods and liposuction. However, only to a degree.
- The typical amount of breast volume or breast enlargement achieved via liposuction, then fat transfer, is about a 1/2 cup to 1 cup size.
- However, this can vary from person to person.
- It can also take multiple transfers to achieve the desired effect.
- Not all fat may take. Some may be reabsorbed by the body.
- This procedure has risks, such as fat necrosis at the treatment site.
That being said, it can be effective to add shape and contour to the cleavage for certain patients. Furthermore, using the body’s own cells, can minimise allergic reactions or sensitivities.
Is Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting a good way to increase your breast size?
YES – for some patients, it can be effective. And yes, your Plastic Surgeon can liposuction body fat from one area of your body. However, this is dependent on whether or not there is enough excess subcutaneous body fat to “harvest” and then insert it into another area. This includes areas such as the breasts – or face – to restore volume. It can also be used to add implant tissue coverage for thin patients who want breast implants. Especially if their skin is thin. Granted they would still need enough fat to harvest for the fat transfer.
For the breasts, fat grafting may be a good way to add cleavage for suitable patients, but it won’t be the best solution for ALL women who want to increase their bra cup size.
For most women who want more upper-body fullness (breast curves and breast cleavage), cup volume increases are often better accomplished using silicone breast implants.
Augmentation is usually one bilateral breast prosthesis implantation surgery. In other words, breast implants inserted on each side. It is usually performed in one theatre session lasting on average one to two hours.
Fat grafting MAY be an optional extra. Ask your Surgeon for details. Alternatively, it may be done as a stand-alone for minor augmentation or breast shaping procedures.
Downside of Fat Grafting to Breasts
- Not all of the transferred fat will be accepted in the treated area – some may not ‘take’.
- Weight changes may impact your fat-grafting to breasts results.
- Only a small amount is usually viable to transfer successfully at any given time.
- Results are not as noticeable when compared to other traditional methods.
- It involves not ONE but at least TWO surgeries. Liposuction being one, and the transfer being another. Even if done during the same anaesthetic session in theatre.
- Multiple procedures are not uncommon to gain the enlargement one desires.
- Can be costly over time.
- Discomfort and bruising or swelling at the donor sites is common (longer recovery time may be possible in comparison to breast implants vs fat grafting)
- You need to harvest a fair amount of extra fat and smaller amounts, applied over multiple surgeries, may offer better results and fewer risks – but this involves multiple surgeries.
That’s why many women and Surgeons still choose quality silicone implants (especially the modern type known as Motiva Breast Implants) for breast augmentation procedures.
What does Fat Grafting to Breasts via Liposuction typically Cost? Prices of Fat Grafting to Breasts in Melbourne.
- Prices vary.
- The cost of fat grafting includes a variety of expenses including Surgeon’s fee, hospital fee, Anaesthetist, liposuction, fat processing, post-op care, post-surgery garments, follow up care, medications and more.
- The general range of prices for fat grafting breast augmentation are just under $10,000 to up to $15,000 for a single fat grafting procedure including liposuction to over $25,000 or more if several procedures are required.
Want to learn more about your breast augmentation options including fat grafting?
Liposuction Fat Grafting procedures including fat transfer from buttocks to breasts can be performed for minor volume increases or as an alternative to breast implants and breast augmentation using traditional surgery methods.
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Dr Broughton Snell Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.
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Mr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.
With over 33 years of experience in Plastic Surgery, he has performed approximately 25,000 procedures, spanning various areas of the body.
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