The bust size can be symmetrically increased, shaped, and defined by using fat donated from elsewhere on the body such as the abdomen, back, flanks, or thighs. The subtle and natural-looking increase in size that can be achieved by breast fat transfer means that the procedure does not need breast implants to produce desired results.
If you are considering a breast fat transfer procedure at Cosmos Clinic, consider the outcome that you would wish to have after breast augmentation. Discuss your expectations and ask any questions during a consultation with one of our highly skilled doctors.
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A subtle increase in size is achieved by gently transferring fat to the breasts from other areas of the body
After receiving twilight sedation, the effective Vaser liposuction technology will remove the fat from the chosen areas of your body, and the healthy fat cells will be separated. The harvested fat will then be purified before it is transferred to your breasts, where your doctor can form fuller, defined, and symmetrical breasts. You may wish to enlarge your breasts by one or two cup sizes. If you choose to achieve larger breasts, you may receive multiple breast fat transfer procedures that are performed three to six months apart.
Since Vaser technology is advanced and powerful, about 80% of the fat cells are likely to survive the transfer into the breast tissue, while less than 50% of fat cells tend to survive the transfer with other forms of liposuction technology.
Cost of breast fat transfer procedure in Adelaide
The price of your breast fat transfer augmentation procedure will depend on your individual needs and certain aspects of the required fees.
In general, liposuction will be around $8,000 if performed on one area and fat transfer to the breast, and the initial consultation will be between $120 – $330
The required fees include:
Doctor’s fees: This amount will vary from person to person, as it depends on factors such as your body type, the chosen fat donor sites of your body, and procedure time duration.
Anaesthetist’s fees: This will usually depend on the anaesthetist’s qualifications and experience, and will be a higher amount If you choose to undergo your procedure with general anaesthesia.
Hospital fees: This fee will cover hospital facility use, including the time spent in the operating theatre, and the recovery time from anaesthesia.
To receive a personalised and detailed quote, we recommend booking a consultation with us to discuss your goals.
Leaders in liposuction, Cosmos Clinic has a team of experienced and skilled doctors
With extensive knowledge built on over 50 years of collective experience, our team is made up of skilled and highly qualified doctors and nurses, specialising in multiple areas including liposuction and injectables.
To find out more about the Cosmos Clinic team, visit the Meet Our Team page.
If you are travelling from interstate or overseas for treatment at our Adelaide location, please contact us via the contact form at the end of the page. Our staff can provide you with a personalised quote and more information on our set procedures for our travelling patients.
What will recovery from breast fat transfer surgery be like?
It’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort after your breast fat transfer procedure, but your doctor can prescribe pain medication to help you manage. Any fluid or seepage at your incision points is also normal while you are healing and should stop within a few days.
As the swelling begins to subside, you’ll begin to see your new bust shape. Your breasts will already look bigger on the day of your surgery, but this will mostly be due to swelling and the factor that not all of the fat cells that were transferred will survive.
You will likely be able to return home on the same day as your procedure, but work or usual daily activities will need to wait until about two or five days after surgery, so that you have some time to rest and heal. Any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting will also need to wait until about a month after your surgery, and you’ll need to be cautious of overhead lifting.
Bras that contain underwire will need to be avoided for about six weeks, as you will need to wear a post-operative bra to better support your breasts instead. Compression garments worn over your liposuction areas for about three weeks full time and then three weeks part-time will also help your body to heal effectively.
You will receive more details on how to best ensure a fast and successful recovery during your consultation. Following your recovery instructions can help you to reduce the chance of certain complications from occurring after surgery.
Side effects and complications of breast fat transfer
All surgical procedures carry certain side effects and risks, including breast fat transfer augmentation, even though it is seen as a more natural breast augmentation than other methods.
These complications and risks may include:
Aching, pain and swelling
Delayed healing time
Bruising or bleeding
Changes in skin sensation
Death of fat cells (fat necrosis)
Revision surgery being required to address complications
If you have any concerns about the side effects of fat transfer breast augmentation, you are welcome to discuss them with your doctor during your initial consultation.
The advantages of breast fat transfer augmentation
When compared to other breast augmentation procedures that typically require implants, breast fat transfer is often regarded as a natural breast augmentation, as the material used to enhance breast size is extracted from your own body as opposed to a silicone or saline-based product.
Subtle yet effective results: Slightly fuller breasts that are enhanced by one to two cup sizes, plus a natural-looking lift, mean that your results will be more subtle than those of other breast augmentation methods.
Sculpt other areas of your body simultaneously: Liposuction on chosen areas such as the thighs, abdomen, and hips, can help to shape the areas.
Less invasive method: Vaser liposuction and fat injections use tiny incisions, which means that the risk of being left with noticeable scars is low. In addition, breast fat transfer procedure has been linked to fewer risks than other breast enhancement surgeries. Recovery time from breast fat transfer can also be noticeably lower than recovery time from other procedures.
Breast fat transfer surgery preparation
You will be instructed on the best way to prepare for your breast fat transfer procedure by your doctor during your initial consultation. To provide you with some guidance to preparation in the meantime, some tips can be to:
Avoid certain medications that pose an increased risk of excessive bleeding during and after surgery
Buy loose, comfortable clothing to wear after your procedure
Quit smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of surgical complications
Fill required prescriptions
Prepare some healthy meals to have available during recovery
Arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital
Arrange for someone to help you with tasks at home for the first few days after your surgery, if possible
Suitable candidates for breast fat transfer
Good candidates for breast fat transfer augmentation are those who desire a natural lift with a slight increase in fullness, as opposed to a larger enhancement in size that can be achieved with silicone or saline breast implants. Patients may need to fit the following criteria to be considered suitable for a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure:
In good health, both physically and mentally
At a healthy and stable weight
Has skin that is firm and elastic
Is a non-smoker (or willing to quit before and after surgery)
Has realistic expectations as to what breast fat transfer can achieve
Does not suffer from blood circulation issues
Has sufficient fat stores available on the other areas of the body to transfer to the breasts
A consultation with one of our doctors will ultimately determine if breast fat transfer surgery is right for you, and is the suitable choice to achieve your desired outcome.
How long will I be in the operating theatre for?
It will depend on your individual procedure details, such as how much fat will be harvested with liposuction and transferred to the breasts, but breast fat transfer augmentation typically takes about two to four hours on average.
When can I see results, and are they long-lasting?
You should start to see results as soon as swelling begins to subside, within the few weeks following your procedure. Vaser liposuction offers a fat transfer survival rate of at least 80 percent, so just one procedure can be effective, however multiple procedures may be needed to reach your goals. After about six months after your surgery, your final results will be visible, and the fat that survives will stay in your breasts permanently. Just like breasts that have not been augmented by any surgical procedures, changes in weight can influence your breast size after your procedure. To maintain your final results, we suggest following a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Can I get more breast fat transfer procedures done if I want more fat to be injected into my breasts after my first procedure?
Multiple breast fat transfer procedures performed about three to six months apart may be able to be performed to enhance the breast size further.
Can fat transferred to the breasts make it harder to detect breast cancer?
Fat injected into the breasts will not make it more difficult for radiologists to detect breast cancer if you go for a mammogram, as stated by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). The RACS has also confirmed that the same risks or complications that are involved with other breast augmentation methods are involved with breast fat transfer procedures. If you see a radiologist for a mammogram, you should mention that you have had a breast fat transfer procedure, so that they can be aware that the procedure can be the cause of any calcification that may appear.
Does breast fat transfer augmentation leave scars?
At Cosmos Clinic, we use advanced Vaser liposuction technology, that carries a low risk of scarring thanks to its gentler method than traditional types of liposuction. Both the Vaser liposuction and fat transfer injections only need small incisions, and your doctor will place them in areas that are discreet or are easily concealed. Therefore, even though the chance of highly visible scarring is low, if scars occur, they will be in hidden places.
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To comply with NSW Public Health Orders, Cosmos Clinic is currently only providing surgical procedures, and medical procedures performed by Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) Registered health practitioners that involve the prescribing of Schedule 4 medications or procedures requiring venous access or post-operative care for our surgical patients. Our surgical procedures are only performed at our licensed and accredited Day Surgery facility. We are not providing any treatments that may be provided by persons who are not AHPRA Registered health practitioners, such as beauticians, including laser skin treatments.
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patient and visitor screening questions* are located at entries, along with QR Codes and a hand hygiene station. Patients and visitors are required to answer the screening questions in that checklist, and check in using the QR Code. Patients and visitors who do not pass the screening test will be turned away;
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*The screening checklist questions are those set out in the NSW Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening and NSW Healthcare Facilities document, dated 17 July 2021, and updated as restrictions change.