How does fat transfer to the breasts work?

How does fat transfer to the breasts work?

24th Nov 2021


If your breasts lack projection and shape, chances are you are already experiencing lower self-esteem due to this condition. Women want their breasts to be in shape and have a certain amount of projection so that they can appear more feminine. The breasts are signs of femininity and physical attraction. They are also the most sexualized area of the body and tell a lot about your fertility level. Women with shapelier and projected breasts look more feminine, attractive, sexy, and beautiful.

Not all women get fuller and shapelier breasts naturally. Many women rely on plastic surgery to get the breasts of their dreams. Fat transfer is a plastic surgery procedure that effectively enhances the breasts by adding projection and shape to them. It involves the use of your body fat to deliver you the desired aesthetic improvements. 

Candidacy for fat transfer to the breasts

Fat transfer surgery works like all other invasive procedures, meaning that it starts with your candidacy. The plastic surgeon can tell you whether you are a good candidate for fat transfer. He will examine your breasts during the pre-operative consultation, besides assessing your overall health, identifying the fat donor sites in your body, and asking you questions about your goals and expectations.

To be a good candidate, you need to have the required amount of excess fat in your body areas like the abdomen, sides, upper back, thighs, and flanks. Fortunately, most women, even thin women, possess the amount of surplus body fat required to achieve their desired results. Moreover, you need to be in good overall health to undergo surgery. Make sure to tell the surgeon everything about your medical history. If you are taking any medications, be sure that the surgeon knows it beforehand.

In some cases, severe medical problems can affect your candidacy for fat transfer. Never forget that breast augmentation with fat is an elective procedure and not medically necessary. You must not take life-threatening risks for the achievement of your aesthetic goals. If the dangers of the surgery are higher for you than the benefits, you should avoid going under the knife. For example, if you have a fragile immune system, you will be at higher risk of infection during and after the surgery. Likewise, if you have a severe form of diabetes, you may experience excessive bleeding. 

Next, you need to have realistic and achievable goals for fat transfer to the breasts. A reasonable and realistic goal is one that is set by taking ground realities into account and accepting the shortcomings of the surgery. This procedure is not a magic or miracle that can transform you into another human being. It will only enhance your breasts in light of your other physical features and goals. After the surgery, you will get beautiful and fuller breasts; however, your breasts will not look like the breasts of a particular celebrity. Every person has a unique body and aesthetic features, which is why they achieve different results. 

How the surgery works

Many people assume that fat transfer surgery is a simple procedure. However, the reality is that it is a sophisticated procedure that involves significant steps and the use of high-level surgical techniques. It calls for the surgeon to have a fantastic sense of aesthetics of the female body and the artistry to sculpt the breasts into the desired shape. 

When choosing your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask him to show you before and after pictures of patients that he has treated for fat transfer to the breasts in the past. It will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect after the surgery. Also, make sure the surgeon is board-certified and experienced in the procedure. Below, I will explain as to how breast augmentation with fat works.

–    Fat extraction

Fat transfer is a major and invasive procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, after which you will be asleep and the plastic surgeon will start the operation. 

The first step of the surgery is fat extraction. The goal of this step is to remove the required amount of excess fat from your body so that it can be transferred to your breasts. Fat extraction for breast augmentation is done with liposuction. Liposuction involves tiny incisions on the fat donor sites identified during the consultation session. The plastic surgeon will insert a hollow tube called a cannula into the target area and then move the cannula back and forth. During this process, a tumescent solution will also be injected into the area so that the bleeding is restricted and the fat cells are easily dislodged. Moving the cannula back and forth releases the fat cells from the surrounding tissues. 

This step is crucial and calls for high-level surgical skills. The surgeon has to make sure that more than 90 percent of the fat cells removed from the body area intact, healthy, and alive. Once the fat cells are dislodged, the plastic surgeon will use a low-pressure suction pump or a special syringe to remove the fat from the area. He will then suture and close the incision and repeat the same process on all fat donor sites until sufficient fat is collected for transfer to the breasts. 

–    Fat processing

After enough fat is extracted from your body, the plastic surgeon will carry on with the second crucial step of the surgery: fat processing. Fat processing is vital in that it removes the impurities, dead and damaged fat cells, and blood and fluids from the fat collection. It is essential to purify the fat so that only the healthy and living fat cells are retained for transfer to the breasts. Doing so ensures that the desired results are achieved and sustainable.

Fat purification is done in a centrifuge. The plastic surgeon will put the fat in a centrifuge and spin at high speed. Doing so will help pick only the best fat cells to be injected into the breasts. If this process is not done correctly, the dead and damaged fat cells may make their way to the breasts. As a result, the desired results will not be achieved. 

–    Fat grafting

After processing and purifying the fat, the plastic surgeon will start the third and most vital step of the operation. This step involves the actual transfer of the fat to the breasts. The plastic surgeon will pick each fat cell with a special needle and inject it into the breast. This is the most time-consuming step in the whole surgical process. It also calls for attention to detail and a high sense of aesthetics of the female breasts and anatomy. 

The surgeon will use his artistry and skills to carve the breasts into the desired shape. He will also strive to achieve symmetry between the two breasts. Once all the fat cells have been injected into the breasts, the procedure will come to a conclusion. When you regain consciousness after the surgery, you will find yourself in the recovery area where your health will be monitored for a few hours. If your health is stable, you will be allowed to go home. 

Recovery and results 

Recovery is crucial to the achievement of the desired outcomes. You will be required to be extremely careful during recovery and follow the surgeon’s instructions for a safe and smooth recovery. 

The first two weeks are important in the recovery process. You must avoid work during this time and instead take rest. Complete recovery will take six weeks as the results evolve. As you recover and the fat cells get a blood supply, the results will gradually emerge. It can take many weeks and even months for the results to become prominent. You should wait with patience to see the final improvements made to the breasts by the fat transfer surgery. When the final results emerge, you will notice that your breasts have gained the desired projection and shape. 


Breast augmentation with fat transfer uses the surplus fat available in different areas of your body to make your breasts shapelier and projected. The results achieved with this procedure are natural and long-lasting. However, you must maintain a stable weight after the surgery and be careful during the recovery period so that the results can last longer. 

Breast augmentation with fat is a major surgery that involves several steps. It is vital for the patient to understand as to how the operation works and what to expect after the procedure. In this article, I have explained the primary steps involved in fat transfer surgery. You should also discuss these steps with the surgeon so that you can have a bigger picture of the procedure and prepare accordingly. 

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