Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost

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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Costs depend on the surgeon and the geographic location.

Call around to doctors that have worked on your friends and family. See who comes recommended, and then go in for a consultation. At that point you can consider the costs. There is usually a big variation in fees, so expect a wide range.

Another good rule of thumb is to understand that these procedures cost more in certain parts of the country than in others. For instance, in California and New York, you might pay anywhere from $10000 to $20000 for fat grafting large areas, but in less populated areas where the cost of living is lower, such as where I live in Utah, you would normally see fees that are much lower.

To put the costs in perspective, I'd suggest you look at my blog on "how much a painting costs".   The link is below.

Ogden Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

Fat Transfer to the Breast

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
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Breast Augmentation or Fat Graft Pricing.

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
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Fat transfer to breast with lipomodeling

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.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost

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
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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

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
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Fat transfer is NOT a good way to enlarge breasts.

Fat grafting works best when small amounts of living fat are transferred to tissue that can surround the graft with a good blood supply. If you damage the fragile fat cells prior to transfer to the breast, the graft dies, and the volume is lost as the dead tissue is reabsorbed cell by cell. This takes time, so you may think that you have a long-term living tissue graft, but byt the time 6-12 months has passed, much of the grafted fat is gone, Perhaps a small amount of scar remains, and in some cases, the dead fat can develop microcalcifications which can interfere with mammography. Also, many doctors obtain their grafts by charging you for liposuction, and then using the fat obtained with this technique for grafting. At the suction pressures generated by all liposuction machines, much of the fat is destroyed; with ultrasonic liposuction or slimlipo (laser), even more of the fat cells are killed. Dead fat = no long term improvement (but permanent loss of money!)

Even done skillfully and properly with low-suction technique and good graft placement, it takes about 250cc for one cup size. Brava on a good day adds no more than 1/2 cup, and it may not last any longer than the dead fat that was grafted.

With the huge costs quoted, the risks of interference with breast cancer detection, and the fact that it frequently doesn't work, it's a wonder that any sensible patient (or surgeon) would consider this to be a good procedure. Fat grafting can offer help for some problems in other parts of the body, but I really don't recommend it for breast enlargement (or butt enlargement either).

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Breast Augmentation with Fat : costs

I'm offering this procedure to patients in conjunction with BRAVA pre-expansion. The total cost for the procedure, which includes the BRAVA device, is about $10,000. Most patients will require touch-up fat grafting procedures, and these are done at additional cost. From the patient's perspective, there is substantial time investment prior to surgery- the BRAVA device needs to be worn properly and consistently for 4 weeks prior to surgery. If you are not prepared for this substantial investment of time and money- then breast augmentation with an implant is the way to go.

Cost of breast fat transfer

Typically the average amount of fat transferred to the breast in most studies has ranged around 250cc. Commonly this amounts to just over a cup and a half increase in breast size. Costs vary and can range from 5000-10,000 on average.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Fat trasfer to the breast

Fast  transfer to the breast is still investigational.

There are many questions that remain to be answered regarding the safety.

The amount injected is about 100cc to 200cc that will increase you by one cup size.

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

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