Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
- What Is a Natural Breast Augmentation?
- Breast Fat Transfer Procedure
- Natural Breast Augmentation Results
- Breast Fat Transfer Risks
- Natural Breast Augmentation Cost
What Is a Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting?
As an alternative method of breast augmentation, fat grafting has helped our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery achieve natural-looking results without using an implant. This innovative breast augmentation technique—often referred to as a “natural breast augmentation”—uses your body’s own fat cells to increase the volume and fullness of the breasts. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel has also used this procedure to successfully improve the results of our breast reconstruction patients. To harvest the fat used for this procedure, Dr. Zemmel will first perform liposuction on an area of your body with spare fatty tissue, such as the abdomen, thighs, or love handles.
What Does the Breast Fat Transfer Procedure Entail?
After the fat is harvested from your body, it is purified and then re-injected into the breast tissue to gradually build up the volume and shape. Since this form of breast augmentation requires fat to be injected in small amounts, the final size can be tightly controlled. Many small injections of fat at a time allows Dr. Zemmel to control precisely the ultimate volume and shape of the breasts.
In addition to enlarging the breasts, a natural augmentation with fat grafting can provide the added benefit of a contoured figure for a more comprehensive transformation.
How Long Do Natural Breast Augmentation Results Last?
The breast fat grafting method does not need a breast implant and, therefore, any issues with downstream replacement of the implants are eliminated. We know that approximately 70% of the transferred fat will take. This means that approximately 30% of the transferred fat will not survive permanently. Multiple procedures may be needed to obtain your desired cosmetic outcome. Because breast augmentation with fat grafting can only increase the volume of the breasts by approximately one cup size, it can be ideal for patients who desire more subtle results. Patients wishing for a more dramatic enhancement may consider breast augmentation with implants.
What Are the Risks of a Fat Transfer to the Breasts?
Since the larger incision required for an implant is not required for fat transfer, the natural breast augmentation method can minimize many of the risks and scarring typically associated with traditional breast augmentation. However, since fat transfer is a surgical procedure, certain complications can still occur. These include temporary numbness, hematoma, infection, and asymmetrical results. Before your surgery, our team will talk with you about proper wound care and how to reduce your risk of potential complications. Throughout your recovery, you will return to our office for follow-up visits with Dr. Zemmel, allowing him to monitor your healing and ensure you are recovering well. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.
How Much Does a Breast Fat Transfer Cost?
The average cost of a natural breast augmentation with fat transfer is approximately $8,700*. This total may vary depending on multiple factors, including the number of donor areas the fat is being harvested from, the expertise of your plastic surgeon, the region of the practice, and other associated fees. If additional fat transfer sessions are required to achieve your desired results, this will increase your total cost. At the end of your consultation, our team can provide you with a quote for your breast fat transfer cost based on the custom surgical plan Dr. Zemmel has created to help you achieve your goals. If you would like to sign up for one of our breast augmentation financing options, we can help you get started.
*Cost estimate is taken from the average amount posted on RealSelf.com in
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation with fat grafting, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zemmel, please contact our office today.