Breast augmentation has always been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures but now it’s possible to enhance the size of your breasts without implants.

Fat transfer is an innovative new procedure that allows you to add volume to your breasts using your own tissue and fat.

If you’re considering this procedure, you probably have a few questions.

FAQs about Using Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation

Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?

The ideal fat grafting candidate should only be looking to moderately increase the size of their breasts, while still maintaining a natural appearance.

How much bigger can I make my breasts?

Most patients can expect to go up 1 cup size but if there is a significant amount of excess fat available, patients could also increase their breasts by 2 cup sizes.

How much of the fat grafts will survive?

This is all dependent on the technique that is used by your surgeon. In order for the grafts to survive, the fat should ideally be harvested under low pressure. The fat should then be purified in order to get rid of excess blood and debris. Finally, multiple injections should be used to transplant the fat so that it’s evenly dispersed.

How can I increase the fat cell survival rate?

Fat cells are most sensitive to insulin levels so it would be best to follow a high carbohydrate diet for several weeks in order to increase your insulin levels, giving the fat cells the greatest chance of survival.

Will the size of my breasts change if I lose weight?

Yes, your breasts will decrease in size if you lose weight. The same applies if you gain weight. You can expect the size of your breasts to increase along with the rest of your body.

Can the procedure be performed more than once?

Dr Zurek is an experienced fat grafting surgeon so patients are generally more than happy after just one fat grafting procedure. A second procedure can be performed if necessary though.

What is the recovery process like?

You will be able to go home the same day as your surgery and you can expect your breasts to be swollen but not overly painful. Any swelling will decrease after about 2 weeks but you will benefit from wearing a supportive garment for 6 weeks. You should also be able to drive again after 2 – 3 days.

Are stem cells used in this procedure?

There are a number of stem cells present around your fat cells so they will form part of the procedure. Since the stem cells are smaller, they have a high rate of survival too.

Is fat grafting safe?

Fat grafting is completely safe. Even though there is a chance that lumps could form, it is a very rare occurrence. If you do notice a lump, it’s best to book a mammogram so that your doctor can tell you whether it’s due to the fat grafting procedure or if it’s cancer.

Can I replace my implants with fat?

Since silicone implants are known for rupturing, replacing implants with fat is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What if I don’t have enough fat to increase my breasts by 2 cup sizes?

If this is the case, it’s best to opt for saline implants that are fitted behind the pectoral muscle, which will provide you with the most natural-looking results. And because saline is used to fill the implants, rupturing isn’t as dangerous.