Breast Augmentation By Fat Transfer

What is a breast augmentation by fat grafting or autologous fat transfer?

Ever wanted to increase your breast size but didn’t want to have breast implants?  Taking fat from the stomach or thighs and using it to boost breast size is entirely possible. The procedure, known as breast augmentation by fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, has grown in popularity in Australia in the past five years, particularly in the wake of the health scare surrounding PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) silicone breast implants. Whilst the technique is not new, with Specialist Plastic Surgeons transferring fat to the face and other parts of the body for at least 20 years, what is new is the amount of fat needed to increase a breast size.  Doctors were initially concerned that if they transferred large amounts of fat to the breasts, it might form fatty lumps that could be mistaken for breast cancer, leading to unnecessary biopsies.  But advances in technology have helped us diminish those concerns. The technique used is similar to liposuction to harvest fat cells from the abdomen, hips and thighs.  The fat is prepared to a type of ‘‘puree’’ and injected into the breast tissue, under the skin of the breasts.  There is no cutting involved, but there will be puncture marks and bruising where fat has been removed.  To prevent lumps, the fat is injected into multiple tunnels in the breast, then moulded into shape so that a smooth and uniform breast enlargement is produced.

Is it right for me?

The procedure is most suited to women who have completed their family or who want to rebalance their shape by modestly increasing breast size. It’s also a popular procedure for women who have decided they want to have their breast implants removed.  Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will take out the old implants and replace them with fat.  The overall result is the breasts retaining much of the same size but the outcome of the shape can be much better.

Potential complications

As with any surgical or invasive procedure, it does carry some risks.  Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss these with you to ensure this procedure is right for you.


During surgery

Your time in surgery may vary according to your needs and the specifics of the procedures being performed. Your surgeon will explain everything to you during consultation.


One of the most important reasons for choosing a reputable plastic surgeon is that they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what recovery will involve for you.