Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost

  • Chelan
  • Las Vegas, NV 89183
  • 1 year ago
How much does it cost to put fat from the stomach into the breasts & can you go up to any size you want? Once you do, do you need to remove skin after you do that in your stomach?

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Shape your waistline and increase your bustline at the same time?

December 13th, 2010

I presented my results of BodyJet harvested fat for fat grafting the breasts at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting held in Toronto in 2010.  The bottom line is that fat grafting does work, but there are numerous issues you must be aware of.  Only selected patients are candidates for this procedure.  Our technique does not use the controversial stem cell enrichment technologies that might stimulate malignancy.  We only use fat cell clusters in our grafting technique.

 First and foremost, the absolute best results we had could only achieve about a one cup size enhancement with a single session.   The average results were LESS than that, about a half cup size enhancement.  In numbers, the average results showed that women who had about 250cc grafted per breast had about 125cc of 'permanent' enhancement (ie lasting at least a year post op) - in other words, about one half of the volume of tissue transferred survived as volume.  Because of existing reports, we were aware that we could not safely add more than about 250cc of graft material in to a single breast at one session, so we stayed within those bounds.   Repeated treatments (i.e. second sessions) could get us to a greater size enhancement.   In our series, we did not have any serious complications, but other centers have reported fat necrosis, cysts, infection, microcalcification, as well as other problems from this procedure, indicating that relatively minor changes in the treatment can alter the outcome.   This is a technique dependent procedure (i.e. exactly how the procedure is done makes a big difference in the outcome). 

 The initial fat graft procedure costs are about the same as breast augmentation surgery, but gives only about a half cup size enhancement on average.  Because breast implants usually give one or two cup enhancement, overall fat grafting is more expensive comparing apples to apples.  The bottom line: Fat grafting can enhance your bust line at this time, but only modestly.  The techniques and methods used are still evolving, and evidence is being generated.  We expect improved outcomes as the technologies evolve.

Claudio DeLorenzi, MD

Claudio DeLorenzi, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Fat Transfer to the Breast

January 5th, 2015

The average cost is approx $9,999-12,999 for fat transfer to the breasts with the donor being the tummy, flanks, and love handles.  One session will typically increase your breast 1/2 cup to 1 cup.  A second session approx three months later will increase your breast size another 1/2 cup to 1 cup size.  

Justin Yovino, MD, FACS

Justin Yovino, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Breast Augmentation or Fat Graft Pricing.

August 1st, 2014

In general, this prices of Breast Augmentation can vary widely from city to city. For example, a breast augmentation can cost 3-4 times in LA and New York what it costs in Montana.
In looking at the a price quote for breast augmentation, you should consider many variables.
1. The Surgeon's Fee. This can vary widely depending on the experience and results and thus demand for that surgeon. This also sometimes depends on technique. For example, a sub-muscular placement of an implant is much faster and thus takes less work for the surgeon than a sub-fascial placement of the implant that takes twice as long.
2. The Implant. The breast implant price depends on using a saline, memory gel, or highly cohesive (gummybear) implants. Usually saline implants cost about $1,000 for a pair, memory gel $2,000, and highly cohesive $3,000.  If fat is used instead of an implant, then usually a fat harvest charge is used instead of implant fee as liposuction supplies are used and the fat purified in a variety of methods.
3. Anesthesia. This can vary as well. If a board certified anesthesiologist is used then the price is higher. If a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) then the price is lower. It is even lower when a doctor just uses a non-certified anesthetist nurse, or just a medical assistant to push the anesthetic drugs (yes, this actually does happen).
4. Facility Fee. This can vary if the surgeon is using a certified surgery center or hospital vs. his non-certified office.
These four components make the total price, so it is best to break these down so the patient knows exactly what she is getting.
Realself has an average cost for each city.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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Cost of fat ransfer

April 26th, 2014

Depending upon your location, fat transfer to the breasts may cost less or similar to breast implants.  The usual size increase with one transfer is between 1/2 cup to one cup on the average.  The actual amount that can be transfer varies greatly amoung women, depending upon the size of your breast, what type of breast tissue you have, and how much fat you have available to transfer. If you are desiring a larger size, I would suggest using breast implants, or repeat the fat transfer in about 3 months.  Most women do well with liposuction from the stomach, and skin does not need to be removed in most cases.  For just fat transfer to the breast, only a small amount of fat needs to be removed from the stomach.  However, if you desire, more liposuction can be done to the stomach, and that fat can be discarded.

Connie Hiers, MD

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Fat grafting as breast augmentation

April 5th, 2014

Typically fat grafting of the normal breast can range from $8000-10000.  The fat is harvested and volumes around 200-300 are injected giving approximately one cup size increase.

Fat transfer to breast with lipomodeling

January 13th, 2014

Fat transfer to the breast is an effective procedure in select patients who desire a moderate increase in size with a natural "un-augmented" look.  We can achieve approximately one to two cup size increase depending on how glandular the tissue is and the elasticity of the skin without using BRAVA in one or two sessions.  This is also a very effective treatment for congenital tuberous breast deformities.  There are permanent mammographic changes to the breast which do not mimic cancer, and imaging is recommended by the same radiologist within 6 months of surgery and one year later for comparison.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has issued a statement that fat grafting to the breast is safe for women at this time.  The donor site has benefits as well with cosmetic liposuction and there are no long term maintenance issues that women have with implants (contracture, leakage, etc).  I build the liposuction cost into the fat grafting procedure and for one area of SAL with fat grafting to bilateral breasts surgeons fee is $4,000 USD at this time.

Lipo Fat Used for Breast Augmentation

January 11th, 2014

In general in most cases going up a half cup size is expected with the procedure which can be repeated.See the below link for details. When we perform this technique with a lift we coined the term "California Breast Lift". 
If you have good skin elasticity with no over hang then you do not need to remove skin from your tummy donor site.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Fat Transfer Fat Grafting to Breasts

August 23rd, 2013

All of our cosmetic procedures are quoted at the time of the initial consultation. Prices range due to specific individual needs and/or limitations with quality of fat able to be transferred, examination of the breasts, and time required to perform the procedure. Depending on the physical attributes of ones breasts and how much fat is estimated to be grafted, this procedure may need to be staged to achieve the desired result. In some cases, depending on skin integrity, persons age, and amount of fat harvested, the skin may not retract and would then need the skin excised or a formal abdominoplasty. All of these questions and more can be answered with the Physician and/or PA at your consultation. 

Pamela Gallagher, MD

Pamela Gallagher, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Toronto Fat Transfer

July 20th, 2013

You have asked excellent questions.  It really depends on how much fat you have available to transfer, the elasticity of your skin, and how big you want to go.  More than one surgery may be needed.  The best way to get specific answers for your body and your goals is to see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a customized and personal consultation.


Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost

September 20th, 2012

The technique of fat grafting is to remove the fat from somewhere in the body and inject it into the breasts to augment their size.  There are numerous parts and variations to this technique.  I don’t think the stomach area would be grossly affected depending on the amount of fat that is taken but the amount that lives is small. It would probably only amount to ½ cup  size increase at a time so multiple procedures would need to be done.  At this time I think the price is higher for the fat transfer to the breasts.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

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