How Much Fat Is Needed for a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

By: R. Sean McNally, M.D.


Are you interested in a more natural alternative to breast implants that can enhance your bustline while reducing unwanted fat in other areas of your body? At The Oregon Clinic, led by Portland, OR board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean McNally, fat transfer breast augmentation is a popular solution. Here, we’ll discuss how much excess fat may be needed for a successful fat transfer breast augmentation and cover other common FAQ about a fat transfer to the breast.

What are some reasons to consider a fat transfer to the breast?

Breast fat grafting offers several advantages over traditional breast implant augmentation and other procedures. Some key benefits of breast augmentation using fat include:

  • Natural results: Fat transfer breast augmentation provides a more natural-looking and natural-feeling outcome than synthetic breast implants because it uses your body's own fat to enhance your breasts. The results can mimic the texture and feel of natural breast tissue.
  • Dual-body contouring: In addition to augmenting the breasts, fat grafting allows for contouring of other areas through liposuction. This means you can achieve a more balanced and proportional figure by removing unwanted fat from areas such as the abdomen or thighs.
  • Minimal scarring: Fat transfer breast augmentation involves only small incisions at the liposuction sites, resulting in minimal scarring compared to traditional breast implant surgery.
  • Less risk of needed revisions: Fat transfer to the breasts can provide a lower risk of complications such as capsular contracture and rupture, which are associated with traditional breast implants.

Do I have enough fat for a breast fat transfer?

The amount of fat needed for a successful fat transfer breast augmentation can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s desired increase in breast size. During a consultation with Dr. McNally at The Oregon Clinic, he will evaluate your unique anatomy, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine the appropriate amount of fat required to achieve the desired outcome. This personalized approach ensures optimal results tailored to your specific needs. In most cases, there is enough fat between the belly, thighs, and other areas to achieve at least a subtle size increase in the breasts.

How long does fat grafting to the breasts last?

While fat transfer breast augmentation can provide long-lasting results, it's important to note that some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body over time. However, the remaining fat cells that establish a blood supply should remain in their new location indefinitely. This means that the increase in breast size achieved through fat grafting can be long-term. However, to maintain a consistent result over time, patients should avoid significant weight fluctuations, which can cause the transferred fat cells to shrink or swell and affect the appearance of the breasts.

Give your look a natural boost with breast fat grafting in Portland, OR

If you are seeking a natural alternative to breast implants and want to avoid the risks and revision procedures related to breast implants, you may be an excellent candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation. To learn more about whether this popular procedure is right for you — including whether you have enough excess fat to achieve your desired size increase — call The Oregon Clinic to schedule your Portland, OR fat transfer consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean McNally today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.