Fat Transfers to the Breasts – Gold Coast & Adelaide

For a more natural breast enlargement procedure with no scarring, fat transfer could be for you…

Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation, can plump up the breasts naturally with a patient’s own fat, and is an alternative to implants for a 1/2 – 1 cup increase in breast size. Fat transfer to the breast is a safe, natural non-allergenic procedure. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it is from your own body. The Japanese have been successfully using the Fat Transfer method for over 20 years. Fat transfer procedures will be offered at our Gold Coast and Adelaide clinics using the BodyJet.

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With a fat transfer, fat can be removed via Liposuction from your thighs, hips or tummy, for example, and then transferred to the breast. The success of the breast augmentation with fat transfer depends on how gently the fat is transferred from the tummy/thighs to the breast. Not all the fat cells injected into the breast survive the transfer process.  The Bodyjet liposuction technique removes fat more gently than traditional liposuction so that about 80% of the fat cells survive the transfer into the breast tissue.

This makes the Bodyjet liposuction technique the best way to transfer fat into the breast. With traditional liposuction, less than 50% of fat cells survived the transfer.  The breasts can be enlarged by half to one cup sizes with a fat transfer. If you are wanting a larger increase it would be advised to get natural looking breast silicone implants or having multiple sessions of fat transfer to the breast spaced 3-6 months apart.

Why choose Cosmos Clinic?

Our surgeons (Dr Kim & Dr Rahbar) have been trained by Dr Klaus Ueberreiter and Dr Harmut Meyer in the Bodyjet fat grafting technique to the breast. Both these German plastic surgeons have spent time at Cosmos Clinic teaching our surgeons the safest and best way to prepare and inject fat into the breast.

What happens during a Breast Fat Transfer procedure?

On the day of your fat transfer procedure, patients are given twilight sedation, which eliminates the need for general anaesthesia and its associated adverse effects.1

Bodyjet Liposuction is then used to remove fat from the area of your choosing. The fat is then purified and the healthy fat cells are separated. These healthy fat cells are then re-injected into your breasts. Different amounts of fat may be injected into each breast, to even out any size differences already present in your breasts.

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The time will vary given the amount of fat required and extracted via liposuction. Both procedures can be performed on the same seating. Fat transfers have also become popular in the Buttocks region known as the Brazilian Butt Lift.

How long does it take to recover from a Breast Fat Transfer procedure?

The breast fat transfer procedure is a day procedure, and you will go home on the same day as your procedure. Most patients are usually back to normal activities after about 2-5 days. You will wear a compression garment on the areas which have been treated with liposuction, full time for 3 weeks and part time for a further 3 weeks. You will not be able to wear a bra for 6 weeks after the procedure.

The Best Candidate for Fat Transfers

The best candidate for Fat Transfers to the breasts are those who need some shape and definition as well as wanting to increase their bust size without the need for implants. Reserves of fat elsewhere on their body are needed, namely abdomen, thighs or back. It’s important to carefully consider your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon before proceeding. You must have realistic expectations.

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Are there any complications of a Fat Transfer to the Breast?

There is no proof that a fat transfer into the breast has any impact on breast cancer, although there is also no proof that it does not. This procedure has been widely accepted in Europe & Japan for over 20 years. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has stated that fat transfer into the breast is as safe as other breast enlargements techniques. RACS have also stated that the fat injected into the breast does not make it more difficult to detect breast cancer.1 There is also a risk of fat necrosis/calcification and cysts (5% chance), and infection (1% chance). We advise that you tell the radiologist that you have had a fat transfer to the breast when you go for a mammogram, so that they can determine the difference between calcification from fat transfer and breast cancer.

Fat Transfer Cost and Prices

Fat Transfer prices will depend on the degree of liposuction being performed. Fat transfer into the breast will cost $9,000 which includes liposuction to one area, or $11,000 which includes liposuction to 2 areas.

Reinjecting the fat is truly an art. Ensure that you have an experienced surgeon performing your procedure, which has a great attention to detail and strives for perfection.