Fat transfer to breasts

If a woman’s breasts don’t match up to or don’t satisfy her expectations, it often becomes a serious cause of concern. Breasts are a very important feature of a woman’s overall appearance, her body shape and her personality. If a woman’s breasts are too small (micromastia), it can result in significant psychological issues.

Often after pregnancy and breastfeeding, women’s breasts tend to sag. Ageing also leads to sagging or shrunken breasts. In these cases, breast implants are a good solution. If one has to undergo mastectomy, then breast implants can be used to regain her natural body shape. If the two breasts are unequal, then implants can be done for one breast.

There are various options of breast surgery, with regard to the size and shape of breast implants that can help augment the breasts. However, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of introducing a foreign material inside their body. For those reluctant to consider implants there is an option to naturally enhance the shape and volume of the breasts.

Fat transfer to breasts deliver equally aesthetically pleasing result as breast implants, with natural-looking results.


Anaesthesia type: ClearSleep

Procedure time: 4-5 hours

Recovery time: 1 week

Fat Transfers Vs Breast Implant Augmentation

Fat Transfers

  • Use of foreign material not involved
  • Can increase size by one cup size
  • Fat removal is part of the procedure
  • Incisions involved are small and fades away over time
  • Does not carry the risk of rupture or capsular contracture
  • A decrease in any sensation is very unlikely

Breast Implants

  •  Insertion of foreign material (silicone at Centre for Surgery)
  • Can increase size as desired taking various factors into consideration
  • Involves a 5-6cm length incision
  • The potential risk of rupture or capsular contracture
  • May experience loss of sensation, temporary or long-term

All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with natural breast augmentation surgery.

We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.

Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.

Fat transfer to breasts is ideal for people who want subtle natural looking enhancements of the breasts. However, the individual has to have enough body fat to be transferred to the breasts.

We recommend breast augmentation with implants to individuals who do not have enough fat in their body to go ahead with fat transfer to breasts. We may also have to refuse the procedure to individuals considering to have children as pregnancy and childbirth can affect the results.

Prior to the surgery, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons.

The decision to have a fat transfer to breasts is a major step for most women and extremely personal. The surgeon therefore always guides and supports his prospective patients through every stage of this process. During an initial consultation at our clinic, you will discuss your reasons for wanting this procedure and will undergo a thorough medical check-up.

The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the natural breast augmentation procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

The fat transfer to breasts procedure is performed by highly skilled breast augmentation experts who will utilize fat deposits from a donor area and transfer it to the breasts for a natural enhancement.

Liposuction is first performed on the donor area to collect the best quality fat cells to be transferred. The fat is collected in a filter to purify it and then collected in multiple syringes. Once this is done the fat is injected back into the breasts.

fat transfer to breasts

Following the surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising for the first few weeks that will fade away over time. The result will be noticeable after the swelling has gone down. We recommend our patients to avoid any strenuous activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks for the area treated to heal fully.

Fat transfer to breasts can help achieve one whole cup size with a very natural looking result.

The achievable result will depend on the surgeon’s skills to obtain best quality fat and equally the patient’s ability to retain the transferred fat cells. Some fat cells will be absorbed naturally by the body and cannot be prevented. Ageing will also have an impact on the result achieved.

why choose centre for surgery?

Surgeon-led and managed care throughout for a truly personalised approach

Our innovative ClearSleep anaesthesia technique

Comprehensive aftercare programme

Financing options available

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Fat Transfer To Breasts faqs

Am I a good candidate for a fat transfer to breasts?

Natural breast augmentation is suitable for anyone wanting to enhance the shape and size of their breasts, however, you must have enough fat on other body areas for the transfer to take place.

Who will we not treat?

We will refuse the procedure to you if you do not have enough fat in other areas of your body for the fat transfer to breasts.

How much body fat do I need for the fat transfer?

The amount of fat you need on your body depends on how much added volume you desire on your breasts. The surgeon will need to asses this during your consultation.

How is the fat grafting procedure performed?

  • Liposuction is first performed to collect good fat cells from the donor area
  • Fat is purified
  • Fat is then injected back to the breasts using multiple syringes

How do I prepare for my surgery?

You are expected to quit smoking for at least 30 days before your bra line back lift surgery. Avoid taking aspirin or any blood thinners to prevent bleeding during the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

On average the procedure takes around 3 hours, but it solely depends on how much fat you are looking to get transferred.

Is the procedure going to be painful?

The procedure is performed used local anaesthesia making the experience relaxed and pleasant throughout the whole procedure.

Will I be left with scars?

The incisions made for the cannula to go in during liposuction may leave small scars that will fade away over time.

What is the recovery period going to be like?

Expect some swelling and bruising for the first few weeks following your procedure and you should avoid exercise during this time to allow the treated area to heal fully.

What are the risks associated with fat transfer to breasts?

Fat transfer to breasts does not come with many side effects other than the common surgical complications like infection and bleeding that can be avoided with a good aftercare routine.

What results can I expect from the procedure?

The result achievable from fat transfer to breasts is very natural looking and the results will last long term as long as you are able to maintain a stable weight. Ageing will also play a role in your ability to maintain the results as its effect on the fat cells cannot be controlled.

Are there limitations in the results I can achieve?

Do not expect to gain two to three cup size following your surgery as some percentage of the fat will be absorbed naturally by your body. You may be able to gain at least one cup size but that also heavily depends on your own body.

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