Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation using Fat Grafting is the process of increasing the size of the breasts without implants. This is a comparatively natural procedure to augment the breasts as there are no external implants placed inside the breasts.

This technique is not just used for augmenting the size of the breasts. It also helps to correct disfigured or asymmetrical breasts. Some also go for breast augmentation through fat grafting to reconstruct their breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy.

In this procedure, the surgeon will typically extract fat from different places of the body and inject it back into the breasts to either correct or augment them.


The fat grafting procedure for breast augmentation is less invasive than the other breast augmentation procedure through implants.

You can go for fat grafting breast augmentation if you have any of the following conditions:

  • You have big depressions between the breasts and want to improve its size.
  • Your chest area appears sunken.
  • You want a permanent solution to correct the size and position of your breasts.
  • Your breast contours are irregular and aren’t similar to each other.

In any of the above scenarios, going for a breast augmentation surgery with fat grafting will help. Please note that you cannot expect a massive improvement in the size of your breasts after the fat grafting procedure. You may need to opt for breast implant surgery if you want to increase your breast size considerably.

You should avoid going for breast augmentation if you are:

  • pregnant,
  • breastfeeding, or
  • prone to allergies and many infections.
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There are a few precautionary measures you need to follow before the procedure.

  • You shouldn’t smoke for at least four to six weeks before the procedure.
  • You shouldn’t take any medication that isn’t recommended by the surgeon.
  • You should stop taking over-the-counter medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen and other similar ones that don’t allow the blood to clot easily.

You can also prepare your home for your arrival after the surgery. You can keep pillows and some food ready before you go.


This treatment happens in two steps.

1.Fat Grafting Through Liposuction

The surgeon will identify the areas of your body where there is fat content and perform liposuction to collect the fat. Usually, the liposuction is performed on the areas like:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Thighs

The surgeon inserts a tube into the chosen area with a vibrating tip that loosens the fat cells and makes it easy to collect them. Through the tube, the surgeon will suction the fat cells out of the body. These fat cells are then harvested and prepared for injecting into the breasts.

Fat Injection

The surgeon will choose various spots around the breast area to inject the fats to get the desired results. The surgeon can correct the breast contours, increase its size and even out the depressions with targeted injections at specific areas.


Since it isn’t a completely invasive procedure like breast implantation, the recovery period of breast augmentation through fat grafting is faster.

You will recover within a few days on the areas where the surgeon performed liposuction. On the breasts, you will experience some swelling and bruising for a few weeks. As the swelling minimizes, you will begin to notice the results of the procedure.

You can return back to your normal life in a week after the surgery, although you should exercise some caution when you are performing exercises or engaging in any activity that could endanger the breasts.

Breast augmentation through fat grafting produces long-lasting results. Since there is no scarring left from this treatment and the results look completely natural, there is no way anyone would know that you have gone through a breast augmentation procedure!


Breast augmentation procedure through fat grafting is a simple treatment to increase and correct your breasts. Please note that there are few risks associated with this procedure like formation of cysts, infections or necrosis. So, please consult with the right plastic surgeon to get all of your doubts cleared and to get treated under the best conditions to avoid any such issues.

The information is being provided by and have no intention to replace the medical advice of your doctor. Please consult your doctor directly for advice about a specific medical condition. This document was last reviewed by Dr. Priti Shukla, Plastic Surgeon on: 12-JUN-2020