Fat Transfer to the Breasts at CREO
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, fat injections, and lipofilling, is a surgery that removes excess fat from one area of the body using liposuction and transfers it to another location where volume is needed, such as the breasts.
At the CREO Clinic, Dr Omar Tillo performs breast augmentation using fat transfer, implants, or a combination of both. As a double-board certified surgeon specialising in body contouring procedures, he has performed hundreds of liposuction and fat grafting procedures. As such, he has mastered the surgical skills and artistic precision to perform fat transfer to the breasts in a way that delivers natural-looking results.
If you are interested in a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss a bespoke surgical solution.
Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Some women prefer breast augmentation with fat transfer rather than implants. As the procedure adds volume to the breasts using the patient’s fat tissue instead of foreign material, a fat transfer breast augmentation produces results that look and feel more natural. Additionally, a fat transfer may be preferable for women who want a more modest breast enhancement than the substantial volume resulting from implants.
Fat transfer breast augmentation also offers the surgeon more control over reshaping the breasts, thus correcting specific concerns that implants alone may not be able to address. For instance, the surgeon can transfer the fat into specific areas of the breast to widen the base, lower the inframammary fold (where your breast meets the chest), or close the gap between your breasts to enhance your cleavage.
Another significant benefit of a fat transfer breast augmentation is its permanent results. While breast implants are permanent, many women have them replaced in 10-15 years due to the implants rupturing, developing capsular contracture (the hardening of scar tissue around the implant), or the implants looking unnatural as the body begins to age. In contrast, the injected fat cells will become a permanent part of the body and will function like any other fat storage cell in your body.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Before and After
Fat Transfer to Breasts Cost
In general, the price of fat transfer to the breasts starts from £7,900. However, prices may vary depending on the number of liposuction treatment areas and the overall complexity of your surgery. You will receive the exact cost of your breast augmentation procedure after a consultation with our plastic surgeon.
A fat transfer breast augmentation can be performed under sedation or general anaesthesia and lasts 2-3 hours. First, the surgeon performs liposuction by inserting a suction cannula through a small incision into a targeted area such as the abdomen. Afterwards, the surgeon purifies and prepares the harvested fat for injection.
Finally, we inject the fat into the breasts to create your desired shape and enhancement. The surgeon will inject up to the maximum amount of fat that the breasts can hold (depending on the patient’s desired results) to account for the 30-50% of fat cells that your body will absorb over the next 3-6 months.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Recovery
After the surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the breasts which should gradually wear off. Most patients feel able to resume light physical activities and office work after two weeks. However, it takes 4-6 weeks before you can resume more strenuous activities and exercises.
You will notice an immediate enhancement after surgery. However, it takes around 3-6 months before you can fully appreciate the final results of your surgery. By this time, the swelling will have subsided, and the fat grafts will have settled to reveal the permanent volume and contouring effects of your surgery. Additionally, your skin will have expanded to accommodate the new fat cells, which will make your results feel natural (a process known as fluffing).
Fat Transfer vs. Breast Implants
To perform breast augmentation with breast implants, the surgeon will insert silicone or saline implants through incisions in discrete areas. Some patients may prefer breast implants over fat transfer if they want a more significant enhancement than can be achieved with fat transfer or if they don’t wish to or cannot have liposuction due to a lack of body fat.
The differences between the two methods are summarised in the table below. You can discuss the best option for you during a consultation with our plastic surgeon.
|Results||Provides a maximum enhancement of one cup size in a single procedure.||Provides substantial enhancement to the breasts|
|Anaesthetic||Sedation or general anaesthesia||Sedation or General anaesthesia|
|Scarring||Insignificant scarring||Visible scarring underneath the creases of the breast, around the nipples, or in the underarm|
|Recovery||4-6 weeks||6 weeks|
|Longevity||Permanent||Permanent, although most patients have their implants removed or replaced after 10-15 years|
|Price||Starts from £7,900||Starts from £6,900|
Composite Breast Augmentation
Composite breast augmentation, also known as LipoImplant augmentation, is a technique that combines both implants and fat transfer to deliver superior results than is possible when using either method on its own. CREO Clinic is one of few clinics in the UK currently offering this procedure.
With the composite breast augmentation technique, the surgeon can better customise the procedure to deliver natural-looking results. This technique may be ideal for you if:
- You want a substantial breast enhancement but lack enough breast tissue to fully conceal the implant, in which case the surgeon can use fat grafts to cover the implant.
- The natural shape and placement of your breasts do not allow the surgeon to add volume to the upper part of the breasts and maximise the cleavage with implants alone.
- You have small and asymmetrical breasts, in which case the surgeon may need to use implants and fat grafts to create proportionate and symmetrical results.
- The effects of ageing have changed your breast size and shape, in which case the surgeon can use fat grafts to restore your results.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation FAQ
Who is an ideal candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation?
Your suitability for a fat transfer breast augmentation can only be confirmed during a consultation with a plastic surgeon. In general, most women who have enough body fat that can be harvested from liposuction and have no underlying health conditions are likely to qualify for the procedure.
How big can you go with a fat transfer to the breasts?
The volume resulting from a fat transfer varies from patient to patient, depending on the amount of excess fat and breast tissue that the patient has. On average, you can expect an increase of up to 1 cup size following a fat transfer to the breasts. If needed, you can repeat the procedure to achieve a bigger size.
How long does a fat transfer to the breasts last?
The results from a fat transfer are permanent. Once the fat cells have settled, they will be connected to your blood supply and become a natural part of your breasts. However, this means your fat cells will expand and contract if you gain or lose weight, thus altering your results. Therefore, it’s important to avoid fluctuations in weight to maintain results.
Can you breastfeed after a fat transfer to the breasts?
A fat transfer to the breasts doesn’t affect your ability to breastfeed as the surgeon won’t inject the fat around your nipples or milk ducts.
What are the pros and cons of a fat transfer breast augmentation?
The pros of fat transfer breast augmentation include getting rid of excess fat, minimal scarring, permanent results, and more natural results than having breast implants alone.
The cons of fat transfer include the limited enhancement it can provide and the less predictable results due to the rate of fat absorption. In contrast, implants offer a more dramatic enhancement and predictable result.