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What is fat transfer breast augmentation?

Are you one of the many women that have lost breast volume and a pert appearance due to pregnancy, weight loss or ageing? Are you looking to increase volume by one breast size and have a more natural-looking appearance? Breast augmentation with fat transfer may be what you are looking for.

Mr Ridha lead surgeon at HR Plastic Surgery is an award-winning cosmetic surgeon who has extensive knowledge and experience in the latest fat transfer breast augmentation. London and Hertfordshire residents can contact us for more information. 

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a breast enhancement procedure where the patient’s own fat is taken from one area of the body (usually the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) and injected into the breasts. The fat is usually removed using a liposuction technique and then purified and injected into the breast area.

A breast enhancement fat transfer can be used to increase breast size and improve the shape of the breasts. It is a relatively new and minimally invasive procedure.

This surgery is not suitable for people with little to no body fat, people whose weight tends to fluctuate drastically.

Benefits of breast augmentation
with fat transfer

Several benefits of fat transfer for breast augmentation include:

  • Providing a more natural look and feel to the breasts as compared to breast implants
  • A good option for women who do not want to have foreign objects (such as implants) placed in their body
  • Correct asymmetry between the breasts
  • Minimally invasive procedure with less scarring
  • Removal of excess fat in the donor area where fat is harvested
  • No risk of complications associated with implants

Fat transfer breast augmentation can also be performed as a day case procedure.

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Risks of a fat transfer augmentation

Fat transfer for breast augmentation is typically a safe procedure, but as with all surgery, there are a few risks which include:

  • Fat necrosis which is the death of fat cells
  • Fat reabsorption by the body can lead to asymmetry or unevenness between the breasts.
  • Risk of infection at the injection sites.
  • Risk that the fat will calcify, which can lead to pain or discomfort.
  • Slight risk of fat embolism, which occurs when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks a blood vessel.

Possible Side effects

The following side effects may be experienced:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising both at the harvest site and injection site
  • Irregularity at the injection site and fat harvest site

It is important to discuss the procedure with your surgeon and ensure you clearly understand every step

breast augmentation with fat transfer - HR Plastic Surgery

A fat transfer is a procedure where excess
or unwanted fat is removed from one area of
the body and the transferring fat is injected
into another area such as the breasts.

How is a breast-enhancing fat transfer procedure performed?

Fat transfer for breast augmentation is typically performed as a day case procedure, meaning patients are able to go home the same day.

The donor area from which the excess fat will be taken (usually the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) is marked.

The area is infiltrated with anaesthetic and adrenaline to reduce bruising and minimise any discomfort. A small discrete incision is made to allow a cannula (a thin tube) to be inserted and fat is gently removed using negative pressure suction.

The fat is then purified, separating and discarding any oils or injured fat cells, before it is injected into the recipient site using a small syringe and cannula. The incisions are then closed with stitches.

After the procedure is complete, patients will be taken to a recovery area where they will be monitored for a short period of time. They will then be able to go home and rest.

Recovery time

After fat transfer breast augmentation, the recovery process is typically short and uncomplicated. Most women feel well enough to return to normal activities within a few days. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for two weeks to allow the fat to settle into its new position.

Patients may experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness in the donor and/or recipient sites. It is self-limiting and usually resolves within two weeks. Tight support garments are avoided for this period so as to not pressure the fat grafts and disrupt the revascularisation and healing process.

Following the surgeon’s instructions during recovery is essential to ensure the best possible results.

Fat transfer with an implant as an option

A breast fat transfer with an implant also known as composite or hybrid breast augmentation is an increasingly popular procedure that combines the use of implants and fat grafting.

An implant is inserted to provide volume and shape. Fat is then harvested from the patient’s abdomen, hips, or thighs through gentle liposuction and then purified and injected into the breast tissue around the implant.

The fat grafting and implant work together to create a natural look and feel, while also providing a fuller, more proportionate shape.

The results of the procedure are long-lasting and natural looking. Patients can expect to see an increase in their cup size, improved symmetry, and firmer breasts.

How much does a fat transfer breast augmentation cost

The total cost of your breast augmentation with fat transfer is dependent on your breast shape, how much your breasts are sagging and the desired results.

We recommend that you book an initial consultation with Mr Ridha and following his assessment and discussion of your desired outcome, an accurate cost can be provided to achieve your goals.

breast augmentation with implants - HR Plastic Surgery

Breast-enhancing fat transfers, using
fat injections, successfully allow for fat
tissue to be transferred to another part
of the body for cosmetic enhancement.

How we can help

At HR Plastic Surgery we strive to ensure that every patient receives the best possible service and care throughout the entire process. Starting with the initial consultation to the surgery itself we strive to ensure all our patients achieve optimal, long-lasting results.

We aim to give our patients a natural, more aesthetically pleasing appearance, with a tailored care plan unique to them. We believe that plastic surgery should both rejuvenate and create aesthetic harmony.

mr hyder ridha

Meet Mr Ridha

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Hyder Ridha is a Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon who read medicine at the prestigious Royal Free and University College London Medical School. He graduated with distinction (MB BS) in 2003 and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (First-class Honours).

Our Locations

We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout Hertfordshire near London. Find us here:

Hatfield Avenue,
Hatfield Business Park,
Hatfield AL10 9UA

One Medical House,
Boundary Way,
Hemel Hempstead HP2 7YU

Benslow Lane,
Hitchin SG4 9QZ

Ambrose Lane,
Harpenden AL5 4BP


Below you can find the questions we get most frequently asked about our fat transfer breast augmentation procedure:

The results of a fat graft are typically permanent but it may take up to six months to see the final results.

A good candidate for fat grafting should be in good physical and mental health. They should also have sufficient fat to transfer and ensure they are at a stable weight.

One of the biggest advantages of fat grafting is that it looks and feels more natural.

You can gain an average of 1 cup size from a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure.

Patients may feel slight pain and discomfort in the areas where the liposuction was done, but this should subside within a few days. 

The exact amount will depend on the individual and their desired cosmetic goals. An amount of 200 to 400  cc of fat is typically required per breast.

A fat transfer breast augmentation is a breast procedure that is considered natural as it does not use implants or foreign materials.

Fat grafting can be used for breast reconstruction, to improve and enhance the appearance of the breast.

Typically, this breast enhancement procedure does not damage breast tissue in any way. 

This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

How to schedule a consultation

To book an appointment with Mr Ridha, please call us on + 020 3907 6830, email us at, or book online via our website.

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