Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that increases the volume of the breasts by taking fat from another part of the body and transferring it. Fat is usually taken from parts of the body where there is excess, such as the tummy or thighs.
For many women, feeling anxious about how their breasts look can be upsetting. This procedure — often called natural breast augmentation or fat transfer boob job — aims to tackle this. It’s become more popular over recent years, with many women making use of high-quality, affordable care on offer abroad.
But, while there are plenty of options for fat transfer breast augmentation, it can feel overwhelming when it comes to planning your treatment. Searching for the right doctor and clinic, finding a balance between price and quality, and choosing between undergoing breast augmentation with fat transfer in the UK and abroad, are just a few of the important points to consider.
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An illustration of how breast augmentation with fat transfer works.
An illustration of how breast augmentation with fat transfer works.
Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Women who are looking to change the contours or size of their breasts.
Women who are in good health and who have the required amount of body fat.
It can also be suitable for women who want breast reconstruction.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer usually lasts around 1-2 hours.
If you have the procedure close to home then you should be able to return home following an overnight stay at the clinic.
For those who choose to travel abroad, you’ll need to stay overnight at the hospital.
Resume normal, routine activities after around 2-3 days.
Resume light training activities around a week after the surgery.
Avoid cardio activities for 3-4 weeks and heavy lifting or intense activity for six weeks.
Success is dependent on your goals and expectations going into the treatment.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Necrosis of fat cells
Dispersion of fat cells
Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer Costs
Breast augmentation with fat transfer costs have steadied in recent years. That being said, prices for the treatment can change based on a few different factors.
Prices may vary based on:
The specific clinic and doctor you choose
Whether you choose to undergo breast augmentation with fat transfer in the UK or abroad (where prices tend to be cheaper)
Whether you choose to combine your natural breast augmentation with another treatment like a breast lift
Below, we’ve outlined some starting prices for fat transfer breast augmentation in a few countries. These prices have all been taken from Qunomedical-approved clinics, but they’re not fixed or guaranteed and may vary depending on individual factors.
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Is a Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer Right for Me?
To be a suitable candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation, it’s important that you’re around your ideal weight, but have some excess fat that can be used for the transfer. It’s also important that you’re not planning to lose a significant amount of weight in the future, as this can affect the long-term results of the treatment.
A natural breast augmentation is best for those who are looking for subtle changes to their breasts. If you're looking for a significant change in size and shape to your breasts then breast implants would be a better option.
Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer: How Does It Work?
The fat transfer, or fat grafting, procedure involves extracting fat from one part of your body and transferring it to your breasts. A fat transfer breast augmentation surgery can vary depending on where the fat is extracted from, how much is used, and your individual goals from the treatment. But, there are a few common steps involved in all fat transfer boob jobs.
1. Anaesthesia and Fat Extraction
Fat transfer breast augmentation is performed under either general or local anaesthesia. Fat is extracted using the liposuction procedure, whereby small incisions are made in the selected area to draw out the fat needed. The fat is then purified and placed in small syringes that are used for making the transfer.
2. Fat Transfer
Following the fat extraction, an incision is made on the breast the extracted fat is transferred into the areas to be augmented. This is carried out several times, to achieve the desired enhancement and look.
The incisions are closed and the breasts are covered with bandages. If dissolvable stitches are used, they’re broken down by the body within around 6-8 weeks. If non-absorbable sutures are used, they’re typically taken out after seven days.
Does a Fat Transfer Boob Job Hurt?
Generally speaking, the fat transfer procedure is not painful. You’ll be given either local or general anaesthetic which will numb the areas of your body that are worked on. You may experience some soreness in the days following a breast augmentation with fat transfer, but your doctor may prescribe painkillers to help to ease this.
Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer Results and Recovery
You can expect to have some bruising and soreness in the area in which the fat was taken from following your treatment. This should begin to reduce after around a week, depending on how much fat was transferred. It’s also normal to feel some discomfort and achiness around your breasts in the days following the surgery and your doctor may advise that you wear a compression garment for 1-2 weeks to help ease the recovery.
It can take anywhere from 6-12 months for the final results of a fat transfer breast augmentation to appear. There’s also the possibility that more than one session may be needed to achieve your desired look, as over time fat cells may disperse, which can change the look of your breasts. Additional factors such as breastfeeding and weight fluctuations will also influence the appearance of your breasts.
What Are the Benefits of a Natural Breast Augmentation Compared to Breast Implants?
One of the main benefits of natural breast augmentation compared to breast implant surgery is that it doesn’t involve the placement of foreign objects inside the breasts. The body can react to the insertion of implants as it recognises that they’re foreign objects. This can lead to what’s known as capsular contracture which may eventually cause the implants to harden, move, or change shape. The body will not react in this way when fat is transferred into the breasts during a natural breast augmentation.
Although long-lasting breast implants are not permanent. They typically need to be replaced after around 10 years. This is not the case with fat that’s transferred into the breasts.
Should I Get a Fat Transfer Boob Job Abroad or at Home?
Choosing between undergoing breast augmentation with fat transfer in the UK or abroad can be tricky. Travelling to undergo treatment overseas is becoming increasingly popular.
The rise in popularity is mainly because:
Breast augmentation with fat transfer costs are usually cheaper abroad compared to in the UK
Some of the most renowned natural breast augmentation surgeons are based at clinics overseas
Clinics abroad are equipped with the latest medical technologies and infrastructure
Although this is becoming a more popular option, travelling overseas for medical treatment can still feel daunting and there are a few common questions that patients ask before booking their treatment.
1. Are Doctors Abroad as Experienced and Qualified as Those at Home?
2. How Long Will I Need to Be Abroad For?
3. How Does the Post-Op Stage Work?
Why Choose Qunomedical?
Qunomedical was built on the belief that high-quality, affordable healthcare should be easily and readily accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. By taking a patient first approach, we’re on a mission to make this a reality for every patient.
✔ 100% free, non-binding assessment: Regardless of whether you’re booking a treatment or not, we offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment to every patient that approaches Qunomedical.
✔ Internationally renowned doctors: Our proprietary scoring system, Qunoscore, assesses doctors on over 20 data points, including qualifications, experience, number of treatments performed, accreditations, value for money, and reviews from past patients.
✔ 100% satisfaction guarantee: Our Qunomedical satisfaction guarantee ensures that if you don’t get the results that you were promised from your treatment, we’ll pay for a second one or give you your money back.
✔ 24/7 patient support: Your personal Patient Manager will be with you throughout your entire treatment journey, from the initial consultations through to your successful recovery. In emergency cases when you’re abroad, you can also reach us on our 24/7 hotline.
✔ Best price guaranteed: We’ve done the legwork to find world-renowned doctors who offer treatment at an affordable price. Found fat transfer breast augmentation offered at the same clinic cheaper somewhere else? Let us know and we’ll match the price.
(1 Reviews In All Countries)
Laura S., United Kingdom
July 01, 2020
I can strongly recommend.
Very professional and well versed in his work. I was having a breast augmentation surgery and am happy with the work done. The doctor chose the size perfectly based on my overall appearance, chest anatomy, and desire to stay natural. After the operation, he paid enough attention and told me in detail how to continue to recover successfully. I can strongly recommend. Good luck!