“Autologous fat transfer can enhance the size and shape of the breasts without the need for implants.”
Many women wish to enhance the size and shape of their breasts, whether that’s to increase self-confidence, better fit into clothing or regain a sense of femininity. However, not everyone is a candidate for breast implants.
Fat transfer breast augmentation offers an alternative method of augmenting the breasts using a patient’s own body fat.
What is fat transfer breast augmentation?
Also known as fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, a fat transfer breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts without the need for implants. Instead, this procedure uses your own fat to augment the breasts.
During a breast fat transfer procedure, excess fat is removed from other areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdomen, and hips, via liposuction. This fat is then purified and injected back into the breasts. Fat transfer breast augmentation is a great option for women with smaller breasts that desire a more subtle, natural-looking enhancement of one to two cup sizes. Breast fat transfer can also be combined with implants to create a more augmented look.
Advantages of breast fat transfer
If you are considering a breast augmentation procedure, fat transfer to the breasts offers a number of advantages over implants, including:
- Creates a more natural-looking breast enhancement of one to two cup sizes
- Produces minimal scarring, unlike a traditional breast augmentation
- Has the added benefit of removing unwanted fat to improve the body’s overall proportions
- Results in far less downtime compared to breast implant surgery
- Avoids the complications related to breast implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture and BIA-ALCL
What to expect during your breast fat transfer consultation
We understand that your initial consultation can be daunting. After all, it is only natural to feel nervous about revealing your concerns about your breasts, especially with someone you have never met before. Dr Anh understands that you may feel this way and will try to make the consultation as comfortable for you as possible.
During your consultation, Dr Anh and her cosmetic consultations will spend around 45 minutes with you to better understand why you desire breast surgery, your surgical expectations, and the results you hope to achieve. Dr Anh will obtain a medical and surgical history and then examine you.
From there, Dr Anh will recommend a surgical plan and provide detailed information regarding the procedure steps, recovery process and potential complications. She will show you before and after photos of previous breast fat transfer patients, answer any of your burning questions and provide you with written material about the procedure for you to take home and review. At the end of your consultation, you will be given a comprehensive quote, and our practice manager will explain all of the associated costs in depth.
What happens during the procedure
During your fat transfer breast augmentation, Dr Anh will follow the below steps:
Step 1 – Administering anaesthesia
Fat transfer breast augmentation can be performed under both local or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of your procedure and personal preference. We work with highly qualified and experienced anaesthetists who will administer your medication during the procedure.
Step 2 – Liposuction
Dr Anh will inject your chosen donor site with tumescent fluid to soften your body fat. She will make a small incision to insert a thin cannula, which is moved back and forth to dislodge and remove the donor fat.
Step 3 – Purifying the fat
Once the donor fat has been removed, it is spun through a centrifuge to separate the fat cells from the fluid. Once purified, Dr Anh will prepare it for re-implantation by transferring it into a syringe.
Step 4 – Transferring the fat
Dr Anh will then inject the purified fat into the breasts by inserting and withdrawing the injection needle multiple times. Each time the needle is inserted, a line of fat is carefully deposited into the tissue planes and is repeated until the desired breast shape and size is achieved. Following the procedure, you will be moved into a recovery area to begin the healing process.
What can i expect during my recovery
Following your fat transfer breast augmentation, Dr Anh will wrap both your breasts and liposuction sites in dressings. You will also be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the treated areas as they heal.
Most breast fat transfer patients will experience some pain, swelling and bruising during recovery. This can be managed with pain prescribed by Dr Anh, and our team will monitor your healing process during this time.
Ultimately, recovery times after breast fat transfer will vary from patient to patient. However, patients can usually return to work within a week, although they should avoid any strenuous activity for at least four weeks. To optimise results, it is important that you follow all of Dr Anh’s post-operative instructions carefully.
Fat transfer vs breast implants
Although Dr Anh is increasingly performing more and more fat transfer breast augmentations, breast implants are still the most popular method of transforming the breasts.
However, breast fat transfer offers numerous benefits to patients, especially those who are only seeking a subtle change in their breast size. Fat transfer creates far more natural results, minimises the appearance of scarring, reduces recovery times and avoids inserting a foreign material into the body. Despite this, patients looking for a more drastic breast enhancement are usually better suited to breast implant surgery.
In some cases, Dr Anh may choose to combine your fat transfer with breast implants. This option offers the best of both worlds: implants work to increase the breast size more than through fat transfer alone, while fat grafting can improve the shape and contour of the breasts to create a more natural result.
How much does fat transfer breast augmentation cost in Perth
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to breast fat transfer surgery, as the procedure can vary widely from patient to patient. As such, we simply cannot provide a cost without first seeing you for a personalised consultation.
Similar to most surgical procedures, you can expect your fat transfer breast augmentation to be broken down into several cost components:
Initial consultation fees
When you first visit Dr Anh for a fat transfer consultation at her Perth practice, you will need to pay a fee. A standard consultation with Dr Anh costs $350.
Surgeon’s fees can vary dramatically, depending on their qualifications, surgical expertise, professional recognition, experience and even popularity. The fee charged by Dr Anh to perform your breast fat transfer will depend on factors such as the chosen liposuction sites and the amount of fat transferred.
During your fat transfer breast augmentation, your anaesthetist quite literally watches over your life and vital functions. The fee charged by your anaesthetist will depend again on their qualifications and experience.
Both surgeons and anaesthetists are considered “independent contractors” who use the facilities of private hospitals, which means that Dr Anh has no control over your hospital fees. Again, hospital fees can vary from facility to facility, although most charge by the hour. Your fat transfer hospital fee will likely comprise of the time spent in the operating theatre, as well as the time required to recover from anaesthesia. If an overnight stay is required, this will increase your costs significantly.
In addition to the actual procedure costs, you may also need to pay out of pocket for compression garments and post-operative visits.
Since fat transfer breast augmentation is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, it will not be covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Dr Anh and her team will give you a detailed breakdown of fat grafting costs during your consultation.