Breast Enlargement (Fat Transfer)

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Procedure time

60 to 180 minutes

Overnight stay

Day case or one night


General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

4 - 6 weeks

Breast enlargement fat transfer overview

What is a breast enlargement fat transfer?

A breast enlargement fat transfer, otherwise known as a lipoaugmentation, lipofilling, fat grafting or a fat transfer breast augmentation, is a procedure that aims to enhance the size and shape of your breasts by making them look fuller and more shapely.

What can a breast enlargement fat transfer achieve?

You may choose to have a breast enlargement fat transfer if you are looking to:

  • Restore volume to your breasts following ageing, weight loss or pregnancy
  • Improve the shape and contours of your breasts
  • Balance any asymmetry of the breasts
  • Boost your self-confidence.

Although a breast enlargement fat transfer can enhance the shape of the breasts, it cannot correct breasts that are severely sagging. The medical term for breast sagging is breast ptosis. A breast uplift, also called a mastopexy, may be a more appropriate procedure for patients with severe sagging. Your surgeon may also choose to combine your breast enlargement with an uplift in order to achieve the best result possible.

What are the advantages of having fat transfer over implants?

Breast enlargement fat transfer is a less invasive surgery than a breast enlargement using implants. Your surgeon does not need to make many cuts during your treatment. They will inject the fat into your breasts meaning you should a minimal amount of scarring, if any. Some people also find the results of a fat transfer to be more natural looking. Furthermore, breast enlargement fat transfer not only increases the size of your breasts, but it can help improve the symmetry and the shape of your breasts.
Finally, the technique of fat grafting also has the benefit of removing fat from other areas of the body by using liposuction. This means that you can improve the appearance of two parts of your body with just one procedure!

What are the disadvantages of having fat transfer over implants?

As with any technique, there are always some disadvantages. Compared to having implants, a breast enlargement fat transfer procedure can take longer to perform and maintain. Each session can take around 2 to 3 hours to complete and sometimes you may need multiple “top-up” sessions.
With each session, there is a limit on how much fat your surgeon can transfer into your breasts. This means that a fat transfer cannot match the same increase in volume that implants can achieve. It is also important to consider that in the first six months after surgery, your body may absorb up to 50% of the fat that is injected into the breast. This means that your surgeon cannot fully predict the final results.
Choosing a highly qualified BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon will improve the chances of achieving the best results possible from your procedure.

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