What is Fat Grafting (Transfer) Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation plastic surgery has become a viable alternative to traditional breast implants for many women in recent years.

The surgeon will first perform liposuction to extract the highest quality of fat tissue from the areas with excess fat and use it for successful re-injection into the breasts. The fat grafting technique can develop longer-lasting and more natural looking outcomes in the case of breast augmentation.

There are three main stages involved in this procedure, namely, fat extraction, fat processing, and fat re-injection. The outcomes are more subtle, and there is no risk of implant failure in this technique.

Board certified plastic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD provides breast augmentation with fat transfer to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA , and surrounding communities.

Fat Extraction

The most commonly used surgical technique to eliminate the fat tissue from donor areas is tumescent liposuction. This procedure can be undertaken in a less invasive manner, using only local anesthesia.

The surgeon will insert a narrow cannula through tiny incisions into the targeted deep tissue to break down stubborn fat cells and suction them out with a syringe or pump attached to the cannula’s outer end.

A thin cannula can extract even the smallest fat particles, which are suitable for use in fat grafting. Common donor areas are the abdomen, thighs, back, and buttocks. An incidental advantage of this technique can be improved body contours because of proportionate fat tissue redistribution.

Fat Processing

After the surgeon has accumulated the fat through liposuction cosmetic surgery, it is processed and purified using decanting and centrifugation techniques.

For re-injection into the breasts, only the most viable portion of the collected fat will be used. An expert surgeon will be able to use around one-fourth of the extracted fat tissue for transfer to the breasts.

Fat Re-injection

The surgeon will use small injections with special cannulas to transfer the separated fat to the precise areas of the breasts. Fat is small quantities will be transferred to various areas within the breasts at multiple depths.

This will enable the optimization of the permanent absorption rate. The surgeon must use the appropriate injection technique to develop even and natural looking outcomes. The quantity of donor fat available for re-injection in each breast will determine the possible increment in the breast size.

A qualified surgeon’s objective will be to develop proportionate and symmetrical breasts that are harmonious with the rest of the body.


Some primary advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation over breast implants are:

Autologous Fat

The procedure involves utilizing the patient’s own excess fatty tissue rather than synthetic implants. This will ensure complete biocompatibility as the fat is sourced from the patient’s own body. On the other hand, breast implants will trigger the immune response of the body. This can sometimes cause capsular contracture.

Improved Body Contours

An incidental benefit of fat grafting breast augmentation is that the excess fat is eliminated from one or more sites where the patient already seeks fat reduction.

Natural Touch and Feel

Many patients state that breast augmentation with fat grafting is similar in feel and sensation to natural breasts.

Cosmetic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for fat transfer breast augmentation surgery.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190. Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

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