Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement and Hybrid Augmentation

Can you use your own fat to enlarge your breasts? All about Fat Transfer and HYBRID Breast Augmentation

One of the latest breast augmentation techniques is autologous fat transfer (or “AFT” – also known as fat grafting to breasts). The medical purpose of fat transfer for breast augmentation is to REMOVE, PROCESS and TRANSPLANT excess adipose tissues (body fat) from one area of your body to your breasts.

Fat Transfer vs Breast Implants – or both?

Hybrid Methods of Breast Augmentation may provide enhanced results for certain patients.

Your anatomy may limit what can be done with a surgical augmentation approach. Some patients may get better outcomes when traditional implant-based augmentation is combined with fat transfer to breasts.

To get both breast implants and liposuction/fat transfer involves MORE surgery procedures and additional costs. Plus all invasive surgery has risks and results will vary from patient to patient.

Hybrid Breast Augmentation and Fat Transfer to Breasts – Costs, Pros and Cons

Combining FAT transfer to breasts with implant-based breast augmentation methods is known as a HYBRID Breast Augmentation procedure.

PROS: Why try a fat-transfer with implants HYBRID breast augmentation approach?

  • Attaining a fuller shape and/or noticeable enlargement of the breasts typically requires an implant-based augmentation approach – with or without additional fat transfer.
  • Fat transfer to breasts MAY help select patients get better breast shaping outcomes OR cleavage enhancement results.
  • In thin patients or body builders with adequate donor tissues for fat transfer, this method may help soften the appearance of implant-augmented breasts; providing a more natural looking appearance.

CONS of Fat Transfer

  • On its own, fat transfer can achieve only small size increases or minor shaping enhancements.
  • Not all patients have adequate sites of “donor fat” (and no, you can’t share fat with friends!)
  • Results can vary significantly FROM patient to patient and even WITHIN patients over time, when body fat changes, so, too, might your breast size or shape.
  • Fat transfer COSTS are a consideration for some patients as it required additional procedures, often multiple fat transfer sessions for some patients.
  • All invasive surgery has risks and all plastic surgery results vary from patient to patient.

Be sure you ask your Surgeon for a list during a consultation and be sure you understand the costs, risks, healing processes and recovery time before you consent.

FAT TRANSFER: Liposuction, Distribution and Fat Grafting

  • The procedure of fat transfer (autologous fat transfer) uses tumescent liposuction to attain fat – this is often called ‘harvesting fat’ from a donor site of the body (hips, buttocks, waist).
  • The fat is then filtered and processed.
  • The fat is then injected into the desired area via a cannulae.
  • Read more about breast augmentation.

Fat grafting Benefits and Concerns:

There are benefits to the procedure as an adjunct to a standard breast augmentation using silicone or saline breast implants.

However, fat grafting has some limitation in terms of:

  • number of procedures required
  • amount of volume achievable
  • uneven skin consistency or globules/bumps or lumps after transfer
  • lack of uptake or stability

Is fat grafting to breasts best performed as an stand-alone procedure – or as an adjunct to Breast Augmentation?

The answer is that it depends on numerous factors, including but not limited to your anatomy, your preferences, your skin, your natural breast tissue, and your donor sites.

Results also depends on the areas being treated and the Surgeon’s experience with fat transfer.

Why does fat transfer cost so much?


  • fat grafting involves two (2) operations for every procedure, and there are many steps your Surgeon need to take, including:
    • preparing you for surgery
    • removing fat from the donor site using liposuction methods
    • carefully processing the fat to reduce certain types of cells to reduce risks
    • reinserting the processed adipose cells/tissues through fat transfer injections (grafting)

Fat Grafting vs Breast Implants: Comparison Overview


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Advantages and Disadvantages of Fat Grafting for Breast Enlargement

Advantages of Fat Grafting vs Breast implants

  • If used alone without implants, there tends to be less scarring in the breast area (injections versus incisions) – but you will have scars, and scars in the liposuction treated areas
  • Breast Implants are not required – the surgery uses your own tissues
  • Your breasts will feel and look more natural, including during dynamic movement
  • Less weight on skin than an implant (but may not suit skin ptosis)
  • Fat removal lipo-contouring processes may help to contour fat donor sites on your body
  • Some researchers believe it also improves skin appearance due to cellular renewal processes

Disadvantages of Fat Grafting vs Breast Implants

  • A much less noticeable size change than using breast implants
  • Less stable results than predictable breast prostheses which have
    • known sizes, more stable shaping consistencies
    • precision placement techniques
  • It is difficult to assess how much fat to remove and to inject at each session, based on inconsistent uptake
  • Breast Asymmetry may also be an issue (differences in glandular tissue composition of breasts)
  • Low BMI patients may lack adequate donor sites
  • Weight and BMI changes may impact results and uptake is unpredictable
  • Fat grafting to breasts provides a much less noticeable change than using breast prosthesis (implants)
  • Implants may be a better option if you want a noticeable increase
  • Multiple procedures are required over a shorter period of time in order to gain enough volume
  • Risk of infections and other complication risks at donor sites
  • Potential uneven uptake or bumps or lumps at injection sites

An ALTERNATIVE: Combining FAT Grafting with Implants for a HYBRID Breast Augmentation Procedure

  • There may be BENEFITS from COMBINING both fat grafting to the breasts with quality BREAST IMPLANTS from Mentor or Motiva.
  • This is called a HYBRID breast augmentation, meaning silicone-filled or saline-filled breast implants are combined with fat transfer to the breast(s).

For example, hybrid breast augmentation may allow for:

  • extra shaping of the cleavage area OR
  • help to cover edges of a breast implant in a thin person with enough donor fat tissues.

This procedure may NOT be suitable for all candidates or desired breast size increase goals in relation to cosmetic breast surgery.

For information on the HYBRID breast augmentation procedure, phone our patient care team on 0388491444.


Is Fat Grafting going to be the future mainstay of Breast Augmentation?

  • Fat to breasts via liposuction and tissue grafting MAY eventually have the potential to replace the use of silicone implants.
  • But we are nowhere near that yet.
  • The procedure often requires multiple surgeries to have an effect AND can be costly and time consuming.

How much does Fat Transfer via Liposuction Cost?

  • Prices of Fat transfer vary according to your need, the number of procedures required, your choice of SURGEON and the hospital surgery fees/theatre prices.
  • Schedule a consultation to request a QUOTE for precision breast augmentation using breast implants and/or fat grafting procedures.

How much size increase can be gained to the bust using fat transfer methods?

  • It can vary.
  • Typically, however, a half-cup size increase to a near-full cup size increase is achievable but be sure you understand the procedure, costs, risks and technique limitations.


Small breasts can either be enhanced with fat transfer or using a natural-looking implant (Breast Augmentation) or BOTH.

Visit our Downloadables pages to get a free guide to breast enlargement surgery

For more information about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery options and research in Australia.

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Our Plastic Surgeons can customise your Breast Surgery to achieve natural-looking, shapely and more-symmetrical breasts

If you have read online about fat transfer procedures and want to learn more, book a consultation with our Plastic Surgeon Dr Rebecca Wyten.


NEXT STEP: Book your Initial Consultation for a Plastic Surgery evaluation and medical assessment – no obligation.

How to Book your Initial Consultation to explore Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement options vs other Breast Augmentation procedures:

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager.
  • A Referral from your GP or from your Specialist is NOT required for cosmetic procedures, which have no rebates or medicare eligibility.
  • If you have an issue with severe breast skin ptosis or breast asymmetry, consult your GP for a referral before a consultation.

Schedule a confidential consultation with your expert Specialist Plastic Surgeon – requires a $200 booking fee to reserve your time.

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information – DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary Consultation with a Nurse.
  • Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)  Click here.
  • Attend our Regular Practice FREE Events and hear from our Plastic Surgeons along with their top support team.
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure you want – call or contact us!

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

Please contact us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our expert Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature. To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.

Page Last updated on 7 January 2019.

Scientific Articles and Research Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

Recommended reading:

. 2015 Jun; 4(3): 232–243.
PMCID: PMC4461705
PMID: 26161308

Fat grafting and breast reconstruction: tips for ensuring predictability

Authors:  Allen Gabriel,corresponding author1,2 Manish C. Champaneria,2 and G. Patrick Maxwell1

Publication Source:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4461705/

Accessed online on 17 November 2018.