Fat Transfer to Breasts Los Angeles


About the Fat Transfer to Breasts

After breast implant removal or for women who just want a small natural increase in breast size without an implant, fat transfer to the breast is a great way to add volume to the breasts. Fat graft combines minimally invasive liposuction and fat injection techniques to improve breast shape and volume with minimal downtime! The overall result is improved body contour and natural breast enhancement, all in one procedure.

During this procedure, board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Hirsch will first harvest the fat through liposuction of the back, stomach, arms, or any part of the body there is extra fat. Next, the fat is cleaned and processed in a sterile system. Platelet rich plasma and antibiotics can be added, and then fat the fat is injected back into the breasts. No implants or foreign bodies are used during this procedure.

This video shows Dr. Hirsch’s technique for fat transfer to the breasts:



Recovery after fat transfer to the breasts is usually easy. Some swelling and bruising from the liposuction is common. Patients wear post-liposuction compression garments to help the skin recover quickly. It takes around 3 month for the fat transfer to settle.



Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer to Breasts


How long does fat transfer to breasts last?


Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a permanent procedure! Around 60 % of the fat that's injected into the breasts will survive. However, if you gain weight, the fat will increase in size and the breasts will get bigger. If you lose weight, the transferred fat will decrease in size and the breasts will get smaller!

How much of the fat survives after fat injections to the breasts?


Around 60 % of the fat will survive after fat grafting.Fat transfer to breasts is different than fat transfer to the butt, or a Brazilian Butt Lift(BBL).In a BBL, a lot more fat can be injected at one time than during fat injection to the breasts.In the breasts, if too much fat is injected, it won't survive and there will be calcifications and cyst formation. Sometimes, it's better to perform multiple sessions of fat transfer so that more fat survives and the best result is achieved.

Can I combine fat transfer to the breasts with other procedures?


Yes, fat transfer to the breasts is commonly combined with breast implant procedures such as breast augmentation and breast implant revision.During a breast lift or breast implant removal with mastopexy, there is less space to put the fat because the skin flaps are lifted and thin so there is more fat graft loss.In this case, it's usually better to wait 3-6 months after the breast lift or implant removal surgery to perform fat grafting so more fat survives.

How much increase in breast size can I get with fat transfer?


The shape of the breasts after fat transfer is natural and is different than an implant.An implant gives more projection and roundness to the breasts, while fat transfer gives a more "sloped" look.Fat transfer can add half a cup size to a full cup size, depending on the beginning size of the breasts.Doing more than one session of fat transfer is a safe way to add more volume to the breasts if desired.

Where does the fat come from for fat transfer to the breasts?


The fat is harvested with liposuction and can be taken from anywhere on the body such as the stomach or back or arms.Unfortunately, you have to use your own fat though and can't borrow any from a friend.

Is fat transfer to the breasts safe?


Fat transfer to the breasts is a safe and effective technique to achieve natural breast enhancement.Fat transfer does not cause breast cancer.If too much fat is injected at one time, the fat won't survive and it may lead to fat calcification or oil cyst formation that can cause changes on a mammogram. In most cases though, this doesn't happen and the fat heals well.