How Does Fat Transfer Surgery Work?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a simple and low risk procedure that doesn’t involve surgical incisions, stitching, and resulting scarring. This makes it an ideal procedure choice for women who’d prefer to achieve a small improvement in breast size without turning to implants. On the morning of the surgery, your plastic surgeon will ask that you wear loose fitting clothing. Further instructions will also be provided as needed. Once everything is ready, you’ll be moved to the surgeon’s operating room where the procedure will be performed.

  • Step 1: the plastic surgeon will start by identifying the donor areas where excess fat should be harvested. This may include a single area such as the tummy and hips, or a combination of areas. The goal is to harvest an adequate amount of fat to achieve the desired breast enhancement.
  • Step 2: your plastic surgeon will create tiny incisions in the donor areas and insert a special tube known as a cannula to harvest fat out. This process/procedure is referred to as liposuction and results in very minimal scarring, if any.
  • Step 3: once the fat has been harvested, it is cleaned and purified to make sure that it has no impurities and is safe for injection into the breasts.
  • Step 4: at this stage, your plastic surgeon will use a needle to carefully inject fat cells into your breasts. This is a difficult process that requires special skills to achieve uniform size increment throughout the breasts.

Fat transfer breast augmentation takes about 4 – 6 hours to complete (longer than breast implant surgery). This is because the above steps must be keenly executed to create an aesthetic, natural appearance. Patients should seek to work with a highly talented, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure a smooth experience and pleasant outcome.