Can You Have a Fat Donor for Butt or Breast Augmentation?

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Fat Donor for Butt Augmentation

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That is a very common question from some of our thin patients! Unfortunately fat cannot be taken from someone else and used for augmentation.

Typically if patients have a BMI over 22 there is enough fat for a buttock augmentation. If they are thinner than that then they usually need buttock implants.

You would need to be seen in person by a board certified plastic surgeon that performs a lot of fat transfer procedures.


Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Fat transplant for butt augmentation?

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Great question!! I wish! But unfortunately, no, you can not have a fat transplant for butt augmentation. You need to use your own fat which can be taken from your lower back, upper back, waist, abdomen, thighs, or just about any other place that has a little extra fullness. (This is also called a Brazilian Butt Lift).

I hope this helps and wish you all the best!

James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
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Fat donor.

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The answer to your question is no. You can not get fat from another donor, as there will be rejection issues, and possible dangerous complications as well.                                                                        

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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No Such Thing as a Fat Donor

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At this time there is no way to have a fat donor since fat is very rich in immune substances.  In the future, patients will be able to add their own stem cells to a small amount of their own fat and thereby increase the amount of fat available for transfer even if there is a minimum amount to harvest.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Fat grafting for breast augmentation and buttock contouring

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This is a greast question, but the answer is 'no.'  The fat needs to come from your own body in order to be accepted and help to give good results.  If they come from someone else, your body will most likely reject the fat leading to areas of dead fat and possibly severe infection.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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No such thing as a fat donor for buttock or breast augmentation

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Fat transfer is essentially a transplant of fat tissue. No one performs immunosuppression for fat grafting, therefore it is not acceptable to use a donor unless that donor is an identical twin. At some point in the future, they are experimenting with taking fat stem cells and making them grow.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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NO

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Fat transfer, is when fat is taken from one part of your body, and placed in another (same person).  This has variable results.  You can not get fat from another donor, as there will be rejection issues.

Scott E. Kasden, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Fat donor for buttock or breast augmentation

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You can really only use your own fat for fat transfer.  I suppose if you had an identical twin, then you can use that persons as well.  Breast augmentation with fat transfer has really  not gone mainstream just yet.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Only if you have an identical twin

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Unless the fat comes from a genetically identical individual, you will recognize it as foreign and will destroy it.  You may even have some dangerous side effects so don't try this. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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The only option is your own fat or your identical

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Fat injection at this time is only possible from patient's own fat. I been involved in breast reconstruction from identical twin but not for fat injection. The reason that you need your own is bodies immune response and tissue rejection.

Fat injection to the breast is a evolving area and American Society of Plastic Surgeon issued new guide line this year and cautions fat injection for breast augmentation. ASPS guideline state that it is Ok to do fat injection for breast reconstruction patients and patients with implant (correcting rippling).

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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