Breast Fat Grafting

Many women would like to increase the size and improve the shape of their breasts. Breast implants are a great way of achieving this, though some patients complain about results that are less than stellar. Advances in plastic surgery techniques have been constantly evolving, and it’s no different when it comes to breast augmentation. Now through the process of fat grafting, your breasts can retain a natural shape and feel, because we’re using your own fat to augment their size!

Fat grafting is one of the alternatives to traditional breast implants that has been growing in popularity over the years. And with good reason. Fat grafting can achieve much better results than traditional implants that look and feel more realistic.

What is Fat Grafting?

Also known as fat transfer and microplipoinjection, fat grafting refers to the removal of body fat from one part of the body so that it can be placed into another portion of the body. This relocation of fat serves two purposes: it increases volume in the desired area while achieving aesthetic fat reduction in the donor area.

How Does Fat Grafting Work?

Fat grafting uses liposuction in order to remove fat from the donor site. This is usually the abdominal area, the buttocks, or the thighs. Once the fat is extracted, it is injected into the treatment area. It’s similar in some ways to dermal filler treatments.

Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

For women who would like to increase their breast size by a cup to a cup-and-a-half, one of the best options out there is fat grafting. It can achieve a number of things that traditional breast augmentation can’t, in fact. If you have pockets of fat on areas of your body such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks that you do not mind getting rid of, this is the procedure for you!

Women who want to increase their breast size beyond one cup size should consider breast augmentation with implants.

Fat Grafting vs. Traditional Breast Implants

There are some key advantages to fat transfer breast augmentation surgery:

  • Little to no scarring: The cannula for liposuction and the syringe for fat injection leave very small and practically undetectable marks.
  • Much easier patient recovery: No need for weeks of discomfort and downtime with fat transfer when compared to traditional breast implants.
  • Breast enhancement and body sculpting: Since patients undergo liposuction, they can lose some pesky fat in a problem area.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Patient Review

“Great surgeon and good bedside manner. I am very happy with the results of my liposuction and fat graft to the breasts. I also had revision of prior implants and they look so much more natural!” - February 2nd, 2017

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Results of Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation

There are two key things when it comes to the results of fat grafting breast augmentation:

  • Improved appearance of the breasts: Using fat for a relatively small amount of volume enhancement means breasts that look fuller and yet totally natural.
  • Excellent texture of the breasts: Since fat is used rather than a synthetic implant, the breasts feel natural.

Fat Grafting Can Also Enhance Appearance of Traditional Breast Implants

If women have traditional breast implants that look unnatural or are poorly shaped, fat grafting may prove helpful for improving those results. By using careful fat transfer, a surgeon can mask the look of breast implants, making a patient’s breasts appear much more natural and increasing patient satisfaction in the process.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about different fat grafting applications, other breast enhancement surgery methods, and the many other great options out there for enhancing your appearance, be sure to call our plastic surgery center serving Minneapolis today at (612)335-9032. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a mammogram detect a ruptured implant?

The best way to detect a ruptured implant is MRI

Can belly fat be used for breast reconstruction?


Can I lay flat after breast augmentation?

We recommend laying at an incline for 2 weeks.

Can I take my surgical bra off for a few hours?

Yes but it is best to wear it as much as possible

How long is recovery after fat transfer?

4-6 weeks for an initial recovery

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Not super painful but its still surgery!

Is natural breast augmentation safe?


What are the risks of fat transfer?

Fat embolism but its a low risk.

Can you transfer fat to your breast?


Does fat transfer last?

yes it does!

How do fat transfers work?

Fat is removed from your body and with the latest technology handled and transferred to the area

How long do I need to sleep upright after breast augmentation?

2 weeks.

When can I run after breast augmentation?

6 weeks.

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