A breast augmentation with fat transfer involves a cosmetic surgery process where the fat is gathered by liposuction from other parts of the body. like thighs, buttocks and abdomen. and is then processed and transferred to the breasts to make them look bigger and fuller than before.  It may be a great method for women who do not need a lot of additional volume because fat transfer depends on the patient having sufficient donor sites.  In addition, because it takes a large amount of blood circulation to nourish the fat, only relatively small amounts can be transferred.  Having enhanced and more attractive breasts helps many women to feel more self confident, sexy and attractive.  This surgery should be performed by a licensed cosmetic surgeon with excellent skill, experience, and success doing this procedure.

Advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation

Using natural autologous fat from the patient’s body is completely natural.  Unlike silicone implants which introduce foreign materials into the body, a patient’s own fat reduces risk and gives breasts a more natural, smooth look.  Some of the advantages of this augmentation are as follows:

  • Your breast shape is enhanced and natural feeling when using harvested fat.
  • The breast can be reshaped and restructured according to your desire.
  • This augmentation is minimally invasive, requiring fewer incisions which reduce the chances of scars.
  • The final result of a fat transfer breast augmentation is natural and real.
  • Recovery time is quick.
  • You avoid the most common complication with implants: capsular contracture.
  • Liposuction to harvest fat removes unwanted fat deposits in areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Reasons to consider fat transfer breast augmentation?

  • It improves the shape of the breasts. This surgery is commonly considered by women with small, drooping or oddly-shaped breasts.
  • The fat transferring procedure increases the volume of the breasts and makes them look fuller and natural.
  • To improve the breast symmetry.
  • After an injury or going through a mastectomy, a breast augmentation surgery is often recommended.
  • To make the size of both breasts equal and proportional.

Fat transfer surgery risks and complications:

Like any other surgeries, breast augmentation also involves a few risks and complications that a person should be aware of before getting the surgical procedure done.  A rather substantial blood supply is needed to nourish the fat, and it is not good in the breasts because there is no muscle to provide an adequate blood supply.  Consequently the result may be that a very high percentage of fat will be absorbed by the body.  There are some techniques being used currently that are said to greatly enhance fat retention by using pre-surgery breast expansion devices.  Some possible complications are as follows:

  • Cysts
  • Microcalcification
  • Transferred fat may migrate from the breast area.
  • Transferred fat may be absorbed, because fat cells die without an adequate blood supply.
  • Results are not as predictable as with implants.
  • You may need some follow-up surgeries to keep up the size of the breasts.
  • Breasts may sag because fat, being soft and loose, lacks body to support the breast.
  • Infection.
  • Swelling in or around the breast, usually a temporary condition.
  • Minor changes in nipple, areola, and breast sensation.

Before going through any surgical process, it is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor about any risk involved.  It is always appropriate to seek proper guidance from your cosmetic surgeon before and after the surgery, and discuss your medical conditions before undergoing the procedure.


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