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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

An alternative to breast augmentation surgery, fat transfer breast augmentation is a natural way to enhance your chest, using your own excess body fat as a filler.

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The first step of a fat transfer breast augmentation will be liposuction. This can be performed anywhere on the body where excess fat deposits exist.

In most cases, our del mar clients have liposuction performed on two to three areas, including the:

  • Arms
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Abdomen

Once a sufficient amount of fat has been collected, it will be cleansed and purified. From there, we will inject the fat cells into the breasts at various depths and locations to create a larger and more voluptuous chest. The fat cells with eventually establish a blood supply in the area, ensuring long-lasting results. For an optimal outcome, the procedure may need to be repeated two to three times.


The ideal fat transfer breast enhancement candidate is a woman who wants to increase the size of her breasts without implants as in traditional breast augmentation in San Diego. An added benefit of the procedure is that it also contours body features with excess fat. However, it’s important to note that traditional implants will provide a more dramatic transformation. With a fat transfer, you can expect to enhance your breasts by one full cup size in a single session.

To be considered a candidate, you should:

  • Be a healthy, non-smoker.
  • Have mild breast asymmetry.
  • Want to add a small amount of volume to your breasts.
  • Feature excess fat deposits in another area of the body that can be used for the transfer.
  • Be at a stable and healthy weight, as any fluctuations can impact your results.

Fat transfer or implants

  • Options

Although a fat transfer breast augmentation is a wonderful, natural way to add subtle volume, implants continue to be the gold standard for a dramatic transformation. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, and can be completely customized to meet your needs and body goals.

Both the fat transfer technique and breast implants are safe and FDA-approved. However, an added benefit of the fat transfer is that its all-natural. The material for the procedure is sourced from your own body, eliminating the risk of an allergic reaction. With synthetic implants, there is a chance that your body may reject the material. In some cases, this can result in a serious complication known as capsular contracture, when the body forms hardened scar tissue around the implant.

  • Recovery

After the procedure, we will bandage the area and move you to the recovery room where you will be closely monitored. You will be free to return home the very same day, but you will need a friend or family member to drive you.

The healing process associated with a fat transfer is less intensive than a traditional breast augmentation. The initial recovery period typically lasts anywhere from three to five days, but can persist up to a week depending on your unique circumstances. Most of our San Diego patients can return to sedentary work within one to two weeks.

For about two weeks after the procedure, you will want to avoid sleeping on your stomach. Doing so could compress your breasts and prevent the transferred fat from integrating with the existing tissue. Our La Jolla surgeons will provide you with a personalized timeline regarding when you can resume exercise and strenuous activities.


You can expect to notice an immediate improvement in the size of your breasts after surgery. The final results will appear gradually, as the fat cells establish a blood supply in the area. Not all of the transferred cells will survive, and some may be naturally cleared by the body.

Once the final results emerge, most of our Del Mar patients have breasts that are a full cup size bigger. With that said, individual results are expected to vary depending on your body’s unique response to the surgery. In most cases, scarring is minimal. For more certain and longer lasting results you may want to consider a breast augmentation surgery with implants.

A fat transfer breast augmentation is a natural way to sculpt subtly larger breasts. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and begin planning for one of the best treatments of fat transfer breast augmentation San Diego has to offer.

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