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Fat Injections & Liposuction: Can I move Fat from My Buttocks to my Breasts?

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 augment other body parts, including the breasts. This process combines liposuction to remove excess fat cells from specific donor areas and advanced re-injection techniques to boost the breasts.

In recent years, fat injections, also known as ‘Fat grafting’ or ‘fat transfer,’ have become more common as a method for breast augmentation mammoplasty.

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The basics of Liposuction and Fat Transfer to Breasts

If you’re considering fat transfer, there are a few key things you need to consider before you book a consultation;

  • The surgery DOES require a general anaesthetic.
    • Our Melbourne Surgeons perform 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 the amount of fat they want transferred to 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 may be suitable for candidates who want only a minor adjustment in shape or breast enlargement. In other words, a half-cup to a cup size increases.
  • Weight changes WILL change your result. This is the same as most other surgeries that involve body reshaping, breast augmentation mammoplasty or breast lift mastopexy surgery.
  • Fat grafting costs vary and may not be less expensive than implants.

Common Reasons Why Patients Choose To Undergo Liposuction and Fat Transfer to Breasts Include:

  • For small cup size increases or breast volume increases, a minor augmentation may be all a patient requires.
  • The procedure uses your 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, fat transfer may be an option.
  • You can reshape your buttocks, abdomen, and breasts during the same surgery session (*may vary between patients). For example, You can reduce buttock fat and augment the breasts using your body cells once they are processed after liposuction.

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Fat Injections to Breasts: Does Fat Grafting Really Work?

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 intended effect.
  • Not all fat may take and the body may reabsorb a portion.
  • This procedure has potential complications, such as fat necrosis at the treatment site.

That being said, adding shape and shape to the cleavage for specific patients may be effective. Furthermore, using the body’s cells can minimise allergic reactions or sensitivities.

Is Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting a good way to increase your breast size?

For some patients, it can be a suitable option. And yes, your Plastic Surgeon can liposuction body fat from one area of your body. However, this depends on whether sufficient excess subcutaneous body fat is available and then inserted into another place. This includes areas such as the breasts – or face – to add volume. It can also potentially provide additional tissue coverage for some patients considering breast augmentation mammoplasty, mainly if their skin is thin. Provided there is adequate fat available to harvest for the transfer.

For the breasts, fat grafting may be a way to add cleavage for suitable patients, but it may not be appropriate for every patient desiring an increase in bra cup size.

For women who want more upper-body fullness (breast curves and cleavage), cup volume increases may be accomplished using silicone breast augmentation mammoplasty.

Augmentation mammoplasty usually involves a single surgery to implant bilateral breast prostheses. That is, breast augmentation mammoplasty is inserted on each side. It is often performed in one surgical session, lasting approximately one to two hours on average.

Fat grafting MAY be an optional extra. Ask your Surgeon for details. Alternatively, it may be done as a stand-alone for minor augmentations or reshaping procedures.

Why Fat Grafting to Breasts May Not Be Suitable for All Patients:

  • Not all transferred fat will be retained in the treated area – a portion may not ‘take’.
  • Weight changes may impact your fat-grafting to breasts results.
  • Only a tiny amount is usually viable to transfer successfully at any given time.
  • Results are less apparent when compared to other techniques.
  • Fat grafting requires at least two procedures – liposuction and fat transfer.
  • Multiple procedures may be required to achieve the intended augmentation.
  • Multiple procedures increase the total cost over time.
  • There may be discomfort, bruising or swelling at the donor sites. Recovery time varies.
  • You need to harvest a fair amount of extra fat, and smaller amounts, applied over multiple surgeries, may offer suitable outcomes – but this involves various surgeries.

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 augmentation mammoplasty and breast augmentation using standard surgical techniques.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 or download the fat grafting guide here – FREE GUIDES to COSMETIC SURGERY in Melbourne.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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