How Much Does It Cost to Get Fat Transfer to Breasts?

I heard that doc's are now giving women lifts by injecting their own fat and stem cells to get a natural rise, with minimal scarring. How much does this cost near chicago? Does ptosis matter? 

Doctor Answers 9

Breast augmentation and breast lift with fat grafting

Breast augmentation by fat grafting is still in a continuous study mode.  The breast lift does not really get any help from the fat cells.  There are some problems that need to be worked out. Microcalcifications, oil cysts, and mammography changes are a few to mention. It will enlarge the breasts but research needs to continue on using this technique.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Breast augmentation and breast lift with fat grafting

Safety is the main concern with fat grafting of the breasts. Abnormal calcifications, unpredictable stem cell activiy, and oil globlues may occur. Graft survival is also unpredictable. Fat grafting will not "lift" your may fill it somewhat which may create the illusion of a lift, but not a true lift. We reccommend a ps evaluation.

Burr von Maur, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Adding fat to the breast with its inevitable calcifications is adding more risk

There are Plastic Surgeons who are injecting fat into breasts to increase breast size. This does work, with the normal variations of fat survival, with breast volume increasing up to one cup size. The most important question is not how much does it cost, but is it safe?

Fat grafting to the breast can cause "microcalcifications" which will show up on mammograms. One of the things that radiologists look for on mammograms is calcifications, as these are sometimes a sign of cancer. Not all calcifications are a sign of cancer. But they can be. Not all calcifications that radiologists think are suspicious of cancer turn out to be cancer.

So, now if women start having additional calcifications show up in their breasts because of having had fat grating, I guarantee that there will be more women having to have breast biopsies because they are told that they have suspicious calcifications on their mammogram. Even worse would be the potential case of a woman having questionable calcifications that is recommended to watch them for 6 months because it was known that she had fat grafting. Then,only to find out 6 months later that she had cancer and it was evident 6 months earlier. Adding Fat to the breast with it's inevitable calcifications is just adding more risk!

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

Fat transfer to the breast

Just attended a course on Fat Transfer to the Breast

It will not replace a lift, it will fill the breast some.

The issue of fat transfer to the breast is still very contraversial. The questions are

1: microcalcifications

2: stem cells, what is the long term effect

3 Effect on mammogram

4: oil cysts formation

This is not a procedure to be taken lightly. It still requires a lot of sudy and research before it is adopted.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Breast lifts don't come from fat injection

I rather doubt that a real plastic surgeon would be promoting the concept that a breast lift could come from fat injections. It sounds more like the idea of a non-plastic surgeon trying to tempt you into their office with promises that can't be met and praying on your fears of scars from a breast lift. Be very careful!

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Breast augmentation with fat grafting

PLEASE SEE WEB SITE BELOW: You cannot truly lift a breast by performing fat injections. However, you can fill an atrophied breast (shrunken) following weight loss or lactation which can make a "deflated" or saggy looking breast appear fuller and more "perky." Costs vary tremendously and this is a controversial procedure that is being performed by a handful of physicians in the United States.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews


The cost is based on many factors: where surgery performed, length, type of anesthesia, how much fat is being used and from what areas, if a lift is required, geographical issues and experience of the surgeon. See the following links to learn more about this procedure.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Breast fat transfer and lift

Fat transfer for breast augmentation is now a common procedure in our practice. Basically, we remove fat areas of fat excess such as the abdomen, waistline, thighs. The fat injected at the same time to the breast area. Fat transfer to the breast does not give the same effect as breast implant. If you need a lift, you may still need a lift. Most patients can expect about 1 size cup change. Sometimes, it may require multiple procedure as fat may sometimes be unpredictable. The good thing about multiple procedure is that you are loosing the unwanted fat from the abdomen, waistline or thighs. The average cost of fat transfer to the breast varies by location, surgeons experience etc, but is about $7999 to $9999 in the Atlanta area. This cost can increase as you add areas of liposuction. The most important decision is to find a real plastic surgeon with experience. Do your homework. Experienced plastic surgeons tend to charge consultation fee for evaluate you and give their opinion.

Stanley Okoro, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 160 reviews

It will be more expensive than implant breast augmentation

Breast augmentation with fat is becoming more popular and accepted choice for breast enhancement. However as compared to breast augmentation with implants may be more expansive because it is a longer procedure and requires usually touch ups and repetition. You should discuss is in details with a surgeon who is experienced with both procedures 

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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