Fat transfer to breast updates.

All these reviews are old. Isn't there newer information out there on all aspects of the proceedure? Is there a better technique now then two years ago? Is retention better? What is best amount to transfer? Any other information updates would be helpful as it seems this is becoming a more popular proceedure.

Doctor Answers 3

Fat transfer to breast updates.

I do believe that every good plastic surgeon continues to refine their technique with every patient. As far as a global change in the technique...NO. Retention is secondary to the nature of the procedure. We know that ~30-50% of the fat survives the transfer after 3-6 months. The perfect amount of fat transfer varies from patient to patient, but it has been my experience that 250-300cc is a nice amount. Remember not every patient is a good candidate for this procedure. The best candidate is someone who has perky breasts with minimal to no ptosis and desires a small increase in size (~1 cup size).

Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Natural breast augmentation with fat grafting

I appreciate your question

I perform a natural breast augmentation with fat. This can be removed from any unwanted areas including the breast itself as part of my lipo-lift procedure. I perform the fat grafting in multiple planes including under the muscle to give the best, most natural enhancement. Fat grafting is a great solution for someone who wants to bring their breast size up a cup or so and use natural tissue vs an implant. However, it can also be combined with an implant or used as a secondary procedure to fill in areas that are flat or thin. It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast feeding. It can be a little lump or hard at first but tends to soften over time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic breast plastic surgery.


Best of luck!


Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Fat transfer to breast

A good technique in the proper patient. I do not recommend fat transfer for large augmentations- I find implants to be more predictable and reliable. Usually, 150-200cc of fat does well, remember take is not 100%. Fat grafting is useful for upper fullness and can be added to a breast lift.We use Vaser ultrasound liposuction to harvest fat and use a spinner during our preparation for transfer. We overcompensate knowing approx 2/3-3/4 or less should stay. An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon who performs these procedures is recommended to confirm you are a candidate as well as discuss your options and expectations. 

Harry T. Haramis, MD, FACS
Montclair Plastic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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