Plastic Surgery

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, or fat transfer, is a method used to enlarge the breasts without the use of implants. In this procedure, excess fat cells from one part of the body are removed and then implanted into the breasts to create a natural look and feel.

While fat grafting is more likely to be used for breast reconstruction rather than cosmetic breast surgery, it provides an alternative for those patients wishing to avoid implants.

Who is a Good Candidate for Fat Grafting?

A good candidate for fat grafting is someone who is healthy and seeking to improve their breast size naturally. Because the procedure involves transferring fat tissue, there must be enough fat present in a suitable area to make the procedure an option. Your surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for fat transfer breast enhancement during an initial consultation.


While fat grafting surgery is normally safe, there is always the possibility of complications, as with any surgical procedure. You can reduce potential risks and complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions provided to you by your surgeon.

Approximately 50-60% of the fat transferred will survive after the procedure, so a large volume of fat must be transferred. It is not possible, however, to predict how much of the transferred fat will actually survive so results can be somewhat unpredictable.

Preparing for Fat Grafting

You will be provided specific instruction on how to prepare, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, that may interfere with the blood's ability to clot.

Carefully following all instructions will help your surgery go smoothly. Arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure.


After surgery, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and keep pressure off of your chest for at least the first two weeks. Based on your surgeon's recommendations, you will be able to return to light activities in as little as two days.

Soreness and swelling are common for the first few days. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage the discomfort. Over the next few months, your breasts will heal, and you'll begin to see the results of your new and enhanced appearance.

Next Steps

To schedule a consultation call 800-789-7366 or request an appointment online.