Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures.  There is a variety of ways to enhance your breasts – including a range of sizes, shapes, textures, and fill materials of breast implants.  Additionally, breast enhancement can also be achieved using fat transferred from other parts of your body.  There are a number of reasons why you might choose to have a breast augmentation with your own fat.  In our April blog, we discuss some of the pros and cons of breast augmentation with fat transfer.


1.     No foreign substance or implant needed – no need to put a foreign object in your body.  You can rest assured that your breasts are enhanced using your own tissue.

2.     No complications associated with breast implants – because breasts are filled with your own fatty tissue, the risks of implant-associated infection, rejection, capsular contracture, rupture, deflation, malposition, or a rare cancer (breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, “BIA-ALCL”) are avoided. 

3.     You get two surgeries at the same time – your whole body gets reshaped.  Fat used for increasing breast size is obtained from the liposuction of other parts of your body.  So, you get the slimming recontouring benefits of liposuction along with a breast augmentation all in one.

4.     Minimal scarring – fat transfer is done by liposuction and re-injection of fat through tiny incisions that tend to heal beautifully.

5.     A more “natural” look – because fat does not hold its shape like an implant, breast augmentation with fat transfer has a more natural look.


1.     Limited increase in size – most patients do not have enough fat to increase breast size more than a cup size or two.

2.     Reduced “perkiness” – because fat is not as “rigid” as a breast implant, fat transfer can’t mimic the shape associated with a breast implant.

3.     The size after surgery may not last – fat can be reabsorbed. Fat transfer can be compared to sowing seeds – you plant way more seeds than you need because not all seeds will “take” or grow.  Fat behaves the same way.  Some amount of the fat transferred to your breasts will not survive, and the size you have immediately after surgery may not last.

4.     It is more expensive – because fat transfer to the breasts involves two surgeries at the same time (liposuction + breast augmentation), it is generally more expensive than breast augmentation with implants.

Interested in breast augmentation with or without fat transfer?  Text us to learn more @917-960-1661.

Happy Spring,

Dr. Chmielewski