What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

While the majority of augmentation mammoplasty procedures in Baton Rouge are completed through implants, some women may qualify for natural breast augmentation. This technique is also referred to as ‘autologous breast augmentation’ and involves harvesting excess fat from a donor area then using it to achieve the desired breast size and volume increase. This page explores this alternative so you can decide whether it is an option you’d be interested in.

Benefits of autologous breast enlargement

Some key benefits of natural breast augmentation include the following:

  • This is a natural procedure that is completed using the patient’s own tissue.
  • Longer lasting results as patients do not have to worry about breast implants needing to be replaced for one reason or the other.
  • Less invasive procedure resulting in minimal incisions and scarring.
  • Fewer risks compared to implant breast augmentation.

Limitations of fat transfer breast augmentation

Despite its many pros, natural breast enlargement may be limited in that it only produces subtle increases in breast size and volume. This means that it is not even a possibility for women who are looking to achieve significant improvements in breast fullness. Women who also lack enough excess fat in donor areas such as the abdomen or thighs may also not benefit from this approach.

How does fat transfer surgery work?

During fat grafting cosmetic breast surgery, Dr. Ruston starts by identifying donor sites in qualified patients. Potential areas may include the abdomen, thighs, love handles, or even buttocks. Fat is then harvested from these areas using the process of liposuction. Once the fat cells have been collected, they are purified before being carefully injected into the breast to achieve the objectives of the surgery. Plastic surgeons may inject a little more fat than anticipated because up to 25% of the grafted fat cells may be reabsorbed by the body. This is a highly intricate procedure that requires the hands of a seasoned plastic surgeon in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Natural breast augmentation results

Natural fat transfer is often considered to be a permanent procedure with long-lasting results. However, it is important to notice that your augmented breasts will change if you gain or lose weight. Fat cells tend to grow larger or smaller as your weight fluctuates. Dr. Ruston will recommend that you maintain a stable weight and adopt healthy lifestyle choices to get the most out of this procedure.

Breast fat transfer risks

While this procedure is non-invasive, it may be associated with risks such as:

  • Painful lumps
  • Hard calcification lumps
  • Oily cystic lumps
  • Redness and bruising around the lumps
  • Pain in surrounding tissue
  • Scar tissue formation


If you’d like to learn more about fat transfer breast enlargement, scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a great start. During this initial meeting, the surgeon will assess your suitability, learn more about your expectations and answer important questions regarding the procedure approach, recovery, cost, and other specifics.