Breast Fat Grafting – Is it Right for You?

Published: August 12, 2021
Category: Liposuction, Mommy Makeover

Decade after decade, Breast Augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgeries globally and at Edina Plastic Surgery! Enhancing their breasts’ size, shape, and volume makes hundreds of thousands of women feel more confident in their appearance every year. For those seeking an option that is 100% natural and does not involve saline or silicone breast implants, Breast Fat Grafting may provide the ideal solution.

Breast Fat Grafting
Although implants can look and feel quite natural, they can never perfectly imitate natural breasts. Breast Fat Grafting uses fat harvested from a woman’s own body via liposuction to add shape and volume to her breasts. Results look and feel completely natural, are long-lasting, and the procedure itself leaves plenty of room for personalization based on a woman’s aesthetic preferences. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Fat Grafting?

If your goal is to achieve fuller breasts with more subtle, natural-looking results, then a Breast Fat Grafting enhancement may be an excellent option for you. It’s important to note that fat grafting has some limitations regarding the size and fullness it can bring to your breasts. A realistic volume increase with Breast Fat Grafting is about ½ cup to a full cup-size larger. Patients looking for a more dramatic increase in breast volume may need to consider breasts implants to meet their goal effectively.

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Breast Fat Grafting follows the natural contours of a breast and produces a more natural, “teardrop” shape. Patients desiring or needing added fullness to the upper pole of their breasts may be better candidates for breast implants. It is essential to have realistic expectations of what Breast Fat Grafting can achieve compared to implants. Your surgeon will discuss this at length during your initial consultation and give insight into what option(s) they think best for you.

Ideal candidates for Breast Fat Grafting include women who:


  • Are interested in an alternative to implant-based augmentation
  • Are seeking modest volume enhancement
  • Are desiring a more naturally shaped breast
  • Have sufficient fat stores in other parts of the body to transfer (if your Body Mass Index (BM) is less than 22, then you probably do not have sufficient stores of fat elsewhere, but your surgeon can evaluate you and tell you for sure)
  • Are at what they would consider a stable weight

What Procedures is Breast Fat Grafting Commonly Performed With?

Liposuction Fat grafting of any kind requires that a certain amount of liposuction be performed. Fat is generally harvested from the stomach, love handle area, or thighs. Many women choose to use this opportunity to reshape other parts of their body with liposuction during their procedure, such as the abdomen, thighs, and flanks.

Breast Lift Many women assume that they need a breast augmentation with implants because their breasts appear to be deflated, especially after breastfeeding. In some cases, this issue is better addressed with a breast lift to address excess skin and drooping than a breast augmentation. If you want to improve breast tissue laxity and would also like to increase the fullness of your bust, then combining a breast lift with Breast Fat Grafting is an effective strategy.

Mommy Makeover  Breast lift, liposuction, and breast augmentation are three of the most common procedures performed during a Mommy Makeover. A Mommy Makeover is a procedure designed to reverse the visible effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Women who have never born children can also be great candidates. Breast Fat Grafting is a natural addition to any breast lift during a Mommy Makeover. Add a tummy tuck into the mix, and you are on your way to a head-to-toe aesthetic makeover!

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What are the Results of Breast Fat Grafting?

Your final results of Breast Fat Grafting should be apparent at about six months after your procedure. Around sixty percent of the fat transferred to your breasts will remain. It is expected that some of the fat cells harvested during your surgery will not survive the transfer process. The rest may remain permanently.

Just like the fat on your body, the new fat in your breasts may be susceptible to fluctuations in weight. Maintaining a stable weight will lead to more consistent results with Breast Fat Grafting. Unlike breast augmentation with implants, there is no chance of rippling, rupture, or capsular contracture with Breast Fat Grafting and your results are 100% YOU!

Are you interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts with a more natural approach? Schedule a complimentary consultation with an Edina Plastic Surgery board-certified plastic surgeon by calling (612) 688-3177 or CLICKING HERE!

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