Those who feel that they would like to increase their bust size and need some shape and definition, but choose to avoid breast implants, are great candidates for breast fat transfer augmentation. Fat reserves from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs or back, can be transferred to the breasts to create a fuller appearance.
DISCLAIMER 1. Results may vary from patient to patient. 2. All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks or later post-procedure. 3. Results, recovery, and potential complications will vary for each individual patient. 4. Photos and videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same as another person, and does not guarantee you will receive a particular surgical outcome. 5. Any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks, side effects, and complications, which can be permanent.
A subtle increase in size is achieved by gently transferring fat to the breasts from other areas of the body
At the beginning of your breast fat transfer procedure, you will be given twilight sedation, which will eliminate the need for general anaesthesia and the adverse effects that are associated.
Using the powerful and advanced Vaser liposuction technology, the fat from other areas of your body, such as thighs, hips, flanks, back or tummy, is removed. Then, the healthy fat cells are separated and purified, before being transferred to the breasts to enhance the size and shape. If breasts are asymmetrical, different amounts of fat can be placed into each breast to achieve symmetry.
Vaser liposuction removes fat with a gentler technique than traditional liposuction, and allows for about 80% of the fat cells to survive the transfer into the breast tissue. Since less than 50% of fat cells tend to survive the transfer when using traditional liposuction technology, the Vaser liposuction technique is praised for being the best way to perform a breast fat transfer procedure.
With a fat transfer breast augmentation, the breast size can be increased by one or two cup sizes. Multiple breast fat transfer procedures can be performed three to six months apart for a fuller size, if desired. Procedure time will depend on the amount of fat that is required to be extracted via Vaser liposuction.
How much will my breast fat transfer procedure cost in Sydney?
Costs for breast fat transfer augmentation will vary, as it will depend on your individual needs, and goals that you would like to achieve from the procedure. To provide you with a general guide:
$8,000, if liposuction is performed on one area and fat transfer to the breast
Between $120 – $220, for an initial consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics
Costs will also depend on the following factors:
Doctor’s fees: This is the fee charged by your Cosmos Clinic doctor to perform the procedure. Your doctor’s fee will depend on your body type, the chosen fat donor sites of your body, and the amount of time needed in the operating theatre.
Anaesthetist’s fees: This fee will be charged by your anaesthetist, to administer your medications during the procedure. The anaesthetist’s fee will usually depend on their qualifications and experience. If you choose to undergo your procedure with general anaesthesia, your costs will be higher.
Hospital fees: This fee will cover the use of hospital facilities, and will usually include the time spent in the operating theatre, as well as any time needed to recover from anaesthesia.
To receive a personalised breast fat transfer quote, please book a consultation.
Tips and information for your breast fat transfer procedure
What to expect post-procedure
After your breast fat transfer procedure, you might experience some pain and discomfort at your liposuction sites and around the breasts. To aid in your comfort during recovery, your experienced doctor can prescribe pain medication for pain management. If you notice some fluid seepage at your incision points, this is completely normal and should stop within a few days.
Usually, you will be able to return home from the hospital on the same day of your breast fat transfer procedure. You should be able to tell that your breasts are already slightly larger, and might even appear a bit bigger than you originally expected, however, only about 80% of the transferred fat cells will survive. Your doctor will inject extra fat to your breasts, so that an optimal result can be achieved. Within the weeks following your breast fat transfer augmentation procedure, swelling will subside, allowing you to begin to see your new breast shape.
Generally, patients are able to return to work or other daily activities within two to five days. However, to ensure an effective recovery, any strenuous exercise and heavy or overhead lifting will need to be avoided for at least one month. Your breasts will need to be supported with a post-operative bra, and you’ll need to avoid wearing any regular underwire bras for about six weeks, so that you can allow your new breasts to fully heal. Wearing a compression garment over your liposuction areas for about three weeks full time, and then three weeks part-time, will also help to minimise swelling, and encourage the skin to retract.
What are the risks and side effects of fat transfer breast augmentation
Our Cosmos Aesthetics doctors have vast liposuction experience and have performed thousands of fat transfer breast augmentation procedures without any incidents occurring, however, even though breast fat transfer is a more natural breast augmentation than other breast augmentation procedures, it will still carry some risks. Potential risks and side effects can include:
Pain and aching
Changes in skin sensation
Death of fat cells (fat necrosis) resulting in the need for revision surgery
If you have any concerns about the risks and side effects of a fat transfer breast augmentation, you can discuss these with one of our informative and understanding doctors at Cosmos Clinic Sydney.
What you can gain from your breast fat transfer procedure
A breast fat transfer is considered to be a more natural breast augmentation than other methods, so it carries some benefits:
Breasts that are natural-looking and defined: A more subtle breast enhancement procedure of around one to two cup sizes, creating a natural appearance.
Reshape other areas of your body at the same time: The removal of fat from chosen areas such as the thighs, abdomen, and hips, can help sculpt the specific areas, allowing fat reduction and breast enhancement procedures to be performed together.
A procedure that is not as invasive as other breast augmentation methods: Since Vaser liposuction and fat injections need very small incisions, the risk of scarring is minimal. Breast fat transfer procedure is also linked with fewer risks and shorter recovery times than other methods of breast enhancement.
Am I a suitable candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation?
If you want a natural-looking enhancement in breast size, but don’t want to receive breast implants, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. You might also be a good candidate for breast fat transfer augmentation If you fit the following criteria:
Good physical and mental health
Stable and healthy weight
Unsuitable for breast implants
Firm and elastic skin
Non-smoker (or willing to quit before and after surgery)
Realistic expectations to what breast fat transfer can achieve
No blood circulation problems
Enough fat stores available in other areas of the body to harvest and transfer to the breasts
To determine if you are the right candidate for fat transfer to the breasts, you can discuss your individual factors and needs with one of our doctors during your consultation.
What do I need to do to prepare for my breast fat transfer surgery?
During your consultation at our Sydney clinic, your doctor will give you specific pre-operative instructions. In particular, directions for preparation can include:
Quitting smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of surgical complications
Avoiding particular medications that could increase the risk of excessive bleeding during and after your procedure
Purchasing comfortable and loose clothing to wear after your surgery
Filling any required prescriptions that you will need so that you will not have to leave your home
Preparing some healthy meals
Arranging for someone to pick you up from the hospital and, if possible, to help with tasks at home for the first few days after your procedure
How long will my breast fat transfer augmentation procedure take?
Typically, you will spend between two and four hours in the operating theatre. Procedure time will depend on individual factors, such as the amount of fat that will need to be transferred to achieve your desired outcome.
Will my breast fat transfer procedure hurt?
You should not experience any pain during surgery, as the procedure will be performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia. However, you can expect to experience some slight discomfort and pain during recovery, that you will be able to manage with medication that can be prescribed by your doctor.
How soon can I expect to see results?
You should see an enhancement in the size of your breasts straight after your procedure, however, this will be mainly due to swelling, that should subside within a few weeks after surgery and allow you to start to see your new breast contour. First results should appear at around six to eight weeks after surgery, and final results will be noticeable within six months.
How long will my results last?
The fat that survives the breast transfer process will stay in your breasts permanently, but fluctuations in weight after the procedure can change the volume of the breasts. To ensure that your results last, we recommend following a healthy diet and exercise routine after your breast fat transfer augmentation procedure.
Where will the donor fat be taken from?
The fat donor site on your body will depend on where you have enough excess fat available to be transferred to your breasts, and will be different for everyone. Common liposuction sites are usually the abdomen, thighs, hips and back. During your consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics, your fat transfer doctor will help to determine the appropriate areas of the body to harvest the donor fat from.
Will I be left with visible scars on my new breasts?
Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, however, very noticeable scarring caused by breast fat transfer is rare, as the incisions needed for liposuction and fat injections are small and are strategically placed in easily hidden places.
Will I need multiple fat transfers to achieve my desired results?
Since not all of the fat that is transferred will survive, you may need up to three or four fat transfers to reach your ideal results. At Cosmos Clinic, we use advanced techniques that ensure a survival rate of over 80 percent, so that one procedure will be as effective as possible.
Can fat transfer to the breasts increase my risk of breast cancer?
The fat transfer procedure has been widely accepted in Europe and Japan for over 20 years, and RACS has stated that fat transferred to the breasts will not make it harder to detect breast cancer. RACS has ensured that fat injected into the breasts carries the same risks and chance of complications as other breast augmentation procedures. If you go for a mammogram, we advise you to notify your radiologist that you have undergone a breast fat transfer procedure, so that they will be able to determine the difference between breast cancer and any calcification that has occurred as a result of your procedure.
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 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 Aesthetics, 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.