Fat Transfer to Breast

Autologous fat grafting breast augmentation is a natural way to enhance breasts using one’s own body fat. Women who have certain bulgy areas such as abs, buttocks or thighs, could reuse some fat taken from that area and transfer it into their breast to enhance the breast size and contour. The procedure also serves as a dual purpose, as it primarily focuses on breast enhancement, it can simultaneously contour a difficult bulgy area of the body from where the fat is extracted.

At Harley Body Clinic we basically use ultrasound Vaser Liposuction to extract the autologous breast fillers for small to moderate breast augmentation and contouring. The minimal invasive surgery gives you soft, absolutely natural and fuller breasts, and is an excellent and safer alternative to prosthesis saline or silicone breast implants.

Possibilities with Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation

The main benefit of autologous fat grafting procedure is that it is the safest alternative to synthetic breast implants and having an invasive surgery under general anaesthesia. The procedure can be carried out on an outpatient basis with minimal invasiveness and downtime.

It is offers satisfactory outcomes while correcting small breast atrophy with a moderate breast enhancement that can achieve a fuller volume and good skin texture and smoothness.

The Possibilities of Fat Grafting Breast Enhancement Can Achieve the Following

  1. Increase one/two cup size
  2. An enhanced and fuller breast contour
  3. Excellent option for correcting mild asymmetry
  4. Natural look and feel than breast implants and also safer
  5. A complete bust-to-body proportion
  6. Minimal scarring, surgical risks and post surgical maintenance

Fat Grafting in Conjunction with Breast Implants

Fat grafting can also be combined with breast implants in some complex cases to achieve optimal symmetry in the breasts. Any residual asymmetry that cannot be corrected with breast implants alone, an additional fat injection helps achieve the same.

Fat Grafting in Conjunction with Breast Lifting

The breast uplift procedure mainly focuses in achieving firm and perky breast contour without affecting its fullness and volume. But sometimes, keeping the fuller volume of the breasts is not possible when there’s large atrophy. Often breast implants are used to achieve the desired augmentation in conjunction with breast lifting. Replacing breast implants with fat grafting procedure can have prominent results to sculpt the breasts.

Best candidates for this procedure are women that have

  1. Who want a small augmentation and enhancement to mild to moderate breast atrophy or small breasts, or correct mild breast asymmetry
  2. Who have adequate body fat to donate for the transferring
  3. Good skin elasticity
  4. Non-smokers, or them willing to refrain till the indicated time
  5. Normal mammography results

Limitations of Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation

Not ideal for augmenting very small breasts (micromastia) with a bigger cup size Not ideal for repairing severe breast ptosis or atrophy.

Several sessions might be required to achieve the desired or deserving result for large, round, augmented breasts.

The fat sometimes gets absorbed by the body and hence the breasts can lose some of its perkiness and volume with time and require a second session or breast implants.

We recommend patients to have several small sessions to conceive the desired results rather than a single large session with large volume fat injection. As large volume fat grafting sessions would leave less room for correction if there’s any irregularity, such as some women gets tissue dimpling with fat getting absorbed by the body, or find asymmetry. With small sessions it is easier to detect how the fat fillers are working on the individual patient and do something about it, also there’s room to save for enough fat to do it.

Preparing for surgery

Patients are indicated to refrain from drugs based on individual patient’s drug usage that typically includes aspirins, vitamin supplements; non-steroidal drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs etc.

Patients who smoke must refrain from it for several weeks before and after the surgery

Even though it is an outpatient surgery, patients are going to need someone to accompany them home and at least the first night of the surgery. It is wise to arrange someone, a friend or hire help.


Fat grafting breast augmentation is largely performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia and patients can go home on the day of the surgery. It is quite a simple and minimal invasive procedure compared to the traditional breast implantation, including with the incision types, placement types etc.

However, the process of fat grafting spans longer than a traditional breast implantation as it takes careful assessment to harvest the fatty tissues and to refine the filler to inject into the body.

Our surgeons unanimously use ultrasound assisted Vaser Liposuction for extracting the fat, a minimal invasive procedure precisely removing the selective fat from the targeted area without causing bruising and scarring.

The procedure begins with extracting the fat from the predetermined donor area. Usually multiple areas of the body is selected to harvest the fat, in a bid to achieve a full body proportion in the process.

In some cases patients are recommended to wear external tissue expanders to prepare the breast and allow it to naturally grow more tissue and increase vascularity creating more natural space to receive the breast fillers.

The procedure begins with anaesthetising the donor area by subcutaneously injecting a wet or super wet local anaesthesia that numbs and stiffens the area. Then the VASER Lipo probe is inserted into the skin or by 1.5-2mm tiny incisions. The surgeon brisk the VASER LIpo probe into the fatty tissues in order to break it, whilst the ultrasound releases pulsed vibrations that make the job easier by melting down the fat from deep layers in minutes without the need of strenuous poking of the thin hollow tube and the risk of any tissue damage or bruising.

Once the surgeon is satisfied with breaking the fat all inclusively and evenly from the donor zone, the fat is aspirated out of the body and stored in a sterilized medical container. Then the extracted fat is purified from the anaesthetic solution, and other impurities, to prepare the refined breast fillers.

The breast fillers are injected into the breasts carefully, layer by layer to achieve a desired augmentation and contouring. Our surgeons majorly choose to use injecting small amounts of fat fillers for better precision and better definition, as opposed to a large transfer at once. This also fulfils minor asymmetry or irregularities more inclusively.


The best thing about fat grafting that it requires minimal downtime and quick recovery, and when performed on best candidates the procedure can be really predictable. Downtime is usually not more than 2 weeks. The first night is likely to feel sore and discomforting.

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