Introduction to

Breast Fat Transfer

Sometimes referred to as a “fat graft breast augmentation,” these procedures usually remove unwanted fat from the abdomen and then, after a purification process, inject that fat into the breast tissues, increasing the size and volume of the breast, depending on how much native fat is available. The results tend to look and feel exceptionally natural.

The first step in any breast enhancement procedure, including breast fat transfer procedures, is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie.

Getting Started on Your Breast Fat Transfer

During your consultation, Dr. Ogilvie will be able to assess your goals and your physiology in order to ensure that a breast fat transfer is the right choice for you.

You will also be able to ask and have addressed as many questions as you might have about your fat graft breast augmentation procedure. To schedule a consultation, contact our Chicago area office to speak with a customer service representative.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos

Who is a Good

Candidate for Breast Fat Transfer?

Good candidates for fat graft breast augmentation procedures usually have two complementary desires: they wish to eliminate fat from one area and increase the volume of another. Generally speaking, a breast fat transfer procedure might be a good option for you if:

  • You want to increase the size and volume of your breasts.
  •  You want to eliminate unwanted fat from your body (the most popular liposuction target is the abdomen, but it’s not the only option).
  • You have realistic expectations about what fat graft procedures can accomplish.
  • You want your results to look as natural as possible.
  • You do not want implants composed of silicone or saline and do not require a breast lift.
  • You are generally healthy enough for surgery.

A breast fat transfer procedure might not be a good fit for you if you have a low amount of body fat located elsewhere on your body. Most patients, however, are able to find the necessary fat deposits in order to accomplish the procedure.

What Are The Advantages

of the Breast Fat Transfer Procedure?

There are several reasons why patients might prefer to choose a breast fat transfer technique over a more traditional breast augmentation technique. Generally speaking, a fat transfer will offer the following advantages:

  • There will be no risk of scarring on the breasts themselves because there is virtually no incisions.
  • The overall look and feel of the breasts is entirely natural.
  • The incision for the liposuction procedure is quite small.
  • Patients get a sense of “two for the price of one,” as the procedure addresses two areas of discomfort.

Even with all of the benefits, there are some cases in which silicone or saline implants will still be a better choice for patients.

There are some drawbacks to the fat graft approach: the results are effectively permanent (a silicone or saline implant could be removed one day, but that’s not the case for grafted fat). Additionally, a small percentage of the fat grafted may not “take” to its new location–and the precise amount of fat that involved can be difficult to accurately predict.

The Breast

Fat Transfer Procedure

A breast fat transfer procedure will generally follow these steps:

Anesthesia — A breast fat transfer is usually performed under general anesthesia.

Incisions — The only incisions required for this procedure are for the liposuction and transfer. In most cases, a liposuction incision will be only 2-4 cm in length.

Injections — Once the fat is removed from the body, it will be injected into the breast tissue. It may take several dozen injections in order to ensure the fat is evenly and properly distributed.


and Results

Once the procedure is complete, patients will be able to return home for their recovery. Swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks, especially around the liposuction site. After swelling and bruising subside, you should be able to fully take in your results. For most patients, that means larger, more voluminous breasts that look incredibly natural.

If you want to know more about what a breast fat transfer procedure can do for you, contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a consultation and to discuss next steps.


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