Fat Transfer to Breasts Sydney

Natural Breast Augmentation with Your Own Fat in Sydney by Dr Kernohan Plastic Surgeon

  • Do you want larger breasts but don’t want implants?
  • Looking for a more natural approach to a breast augmentation?
  • Wish to increase the size of your breasts with your own fat?

Then fat transfer to the breasts may be the right solution for you. The latest advancements in medicine have changed breast enhancement options and made it safer. You can achieve larger breasts with the fat relocated from your own body. The procedure is also known as Autologous Fat Grafting to Breasts or Natural Breast Enlargement with Your Own Fat. 

Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Michael Kernohan offers fat transfer breast augmentation in Sydney. Schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience to see whether fat grafting in Sydney is right for you.

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What is Autologous Fat Transfer?

Autologous fat transfer surgery uses your own body fat to create natural-looking and fuller breasts. A silicone breast implant could be used for breast augmentation. However, they are not the optimal solution for all patients.

During the fat transfer, Dr Kernohan will take excess fat from other areas of your body and use it to enhance your breasts. The procedure uses a combination of liposuction techniques and fat injections with fat grafting filtering technologies to achieve the desired aesthetic result. 

The increase in breast size will be less impressive than the one achieved with breast implants – typically a maximum of half to one cup size per treatment. However, the results can be more natural-looking and appealing.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Fat Transfer?

Fat grafting is a good option for many women but has certain limitations as well. Here are a few things to consider: 

  • It is a solution for women dealing with breast asymmetry
  • If you wish to increase your breast size by one cup or less, natural breast augmentation with your own fat is a good procedure to achieve natural-looking and enlarged breasts. On the other hand, if you intend to achieve a more significant augmentation (more than one cup size) or want very perky breasts, then implants might be right for you
  • You need to be in a physically and mentally healthy condition to get the procedure
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, this procedure is NOT for you
  • Breast fat grafting involves extracting fat from your own body. If you are severely underweight or have poor quality fat, this might not be the right procedure for you

Benefits of Fat Transfer to the Breast

The benefits of autologous fat transfer include:

  • The procedure can enhance your breast shape and volume without needing implants
  • The scarring will be much less than that of breast augmentation surgery
  • After the procedure, you will get a more natural look and feel to your breasts 
  • The fat removal procedure helps to contour your body while enhancing the look of your breasts
  • Your breasts will feel and look completely natural. No one will be able to tell a difference between your natural and enhanced breasts

Taking a look at previous fat transfer breast enhancement procedures can help you choose a specific surgeon. You can see Dr Kernohan’s past fat transfer patients during your consultation.

What can I Expect during Fat Transfer to Breasts?

The procedure can be summarised in three steps:

Step 1 – Fat Harvesting with Liposuction

The first step in the breast fat transfer is harvesting unwanted fat from certain areas of your body (abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and back are the common areas). The excess fat is suctioned through the cannula at a fixed pressure rate to make sure little damage is done to the fat cells. The fat will then be stored in special containers. 

Step 2- Fat Preparation and Purification

The next step is to purify the fat that has been suctioned. The fat removed is filled with blood vessels and tissue fluids. All these things must be removed prior to injecting the fat into the breasts. Fat purification is commonly done by centrifuge or filter. 

Step 3 – Fat Injection

Once the fat is purified, it can be re-injected into the breasts. Specifically shaped fat injection cannulas are inserted with the help of separate incisions that involves a multi-planar approach. 

This is done to ensure that fat cells spread evenly throughout the area without the formation of lumps (that can lead to fat necrosis and undesired results). As the fat is extracted from your own body, breast tissue becomes an optimal graft for survival. The fat will be injected in tiny amounts and will be evenly distributed throughout the breasts. 

Recovery after Fat Grafting Breast Enlargement 

Recovery post fat grafting breast enlargement surgery depends on a variety of different factors: location of fat grafting, number of donor sites, and your body’s natural healing ability. Recovery time will be different for different individuals. Most people will be able to return back to work within a week’s time frame. Full recovery can take anywhere from four to six weeks. 

Here is an estimated recovery timeline: 

On the Day of the Surgery

Fat transfer breast surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. This essentially means that you can go home on the same day, following the procedure. It is important to arrange for someone to drive you home on the day of the surgery as you will be still under the effects of anaesthesia. 

A Few Days after the Surgery

You will have some bruising, pain, swelling, and mild discomfort for the first few days after the surgery. Your surgeon will also advise you to wear a compression garment for at least the first few days post-surgery. Keep on wearing the compression garment until the surgeon advises otherwise. It will help you recover at a fast pace. In some cases, Dr Kernohan will also prescribe certain medications to help with the pain and make recovery more comfortable. 

First Week and Onwards

It is very normal to feel a bit of discomfort for the first few days, following the surgery. It can be managed with the help of prescription or over the counter pain medications. The discomfort typically lasts for the first 5 days only. Most of the patients will feel much better after the initial week. The swelling can last up to 4 weeks post-surgery. 

It is very normal to feel discomfort at the injection site and feel a tightening sensation around your breasts. The discomfort will slowly diminish over a few weeks. Stay clear of strenuous activities and exercises until you are cleared by Dr Kernohan. Most patients will be able to get back to work within a week’s time frame. If your job is physically intensive, it will be advised to go back to work within 2 to 3 weeks. 

You will see final results within the six month’s mark. Dr Kernohan will follow up with you regularly.

Risks and Complications 

Following are the potential risks and complications associated with the fat transfer to breasts: painful lumps, redness in the area, bruising, pain in the surrounding tissue, skin discolouration, uneven breasts, and changes to breast shape and appearance. If you choose the right surgeon and stick to all the pre and post-care instructions, these risks and complications can be greatly minimised. 

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Fat Grafting Costs Sydney – How Much is Breast Fat Transfer in Sydney? 

The cost of fat transfer to breasts in Sydney depends on a variety of different factors:

  • Your Surgeon’s reputation, level of expertise, and qualification
  • What is included in the surgical quote or price estimate
  • Where is surgery performed
  • Whether the surgery is a medically-indicated or cosmetic procedure
  • The complexity of the case

The Fat Transfer cost can start around $5000 and increase based on the factors mentioned above. Dr Kernohan needs to evaluate your breasts during the initial consultation prior to giving you an accurate quote for the procedure. 

The natural breast enlargement procedure involves multiple procedures such as liposuction and fat grafting. The total cost given to you will be inclusive of the fees of the surgeon, anaesthetist, equipment, surgical staff, and clinic support & aftercare.

Find out more details about plastic surgery fees on Dr Kernohan’s pricing page.

Alternatively, you can contact Dr Kernohan’s team for a price estimate or to set up an appointment today.

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Funding your Fat Transfer to Breasts Procedure

Health insurance providers generally do not cover the costs of Autologous Fat Transfer for cosmetic purposes. They may provide coverage if the breast enhancement procedure is performed for reconstructive and medically-initiated purposes. Medicare is now funding fat transfer for some patients with congenital deformities. You can also read more about payment plans on the financing options page.

How to find the Right Fat Transfer Surgeon in Sydney

To get optimal results after the fat transfer to the breasts surgery, you need to find an experienced, talented specialist plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. To find the right breast surgeon in Sydney you should look at their before and after pictures of breast surgery. This can help you decide whether a surgeon is right for you or not. Find a caring surgeon you feel comfortable with.


Fat Transfer to the Breasts FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding fat transfer to breasts: 

Can you transfer body fat to your breasts?

  • Yes, you can transfer body fat to your breasts to enhance them and achieve natural-looking results. 

How can I get bigger breasts without implants?

  • You can get bigger breasts without implants using autologous fat transfer or fat to breast procedure. 

How do you fix underdeveloped breasts?

  • Underdeveloped breasts can be fixed with the help of a variety of breast enhancement procedures; using breast implants (saline or silicone), breast fat transfer or both (hybrid augmentation). 

How much fat do you need for a fat transfer to the breast?

  • In order to effectively increase breast size, your surgeon should be able to harvest at least 800 millilitres of fat and fluid.
  • This would allow 400 ml to be injected and about 200 to 250ml to be retained.

How big can you go with fat transfer to breasts?

  • Typically, most people are able to achieve an increase in breast size of 1 bra cup size with the help of fat grafting procedures. It essentially depends on the amount of fat available and whether you gain weight following the procedure or not.  The survival rate of your injected fat is around 50-60% depending on your diet.

Does fat transfer to the breast last?

  • The results from a fat transfer breast augmentation are regarded as permanent if the patient keeps a constant weight. Although it is a completely natural and safe procedure, many things can impact the fat survival rate and outcome of the surgery. It is not as reliable as an implant.

Does fat transfer cause lumps?

  • When done well, fat transfer will not cause lumps in the breasts. Fat necrosis is a potential complication of breast fat transfer. It is important to discuss this aspect with your surgeon and take all the measures with respect to fat transfer. 

What are the side effects of fat transfer to the breast?

  • Some of the common side effects include swelling, bruising, and redness post-surgery. Other serious complications include cysts, infection, and necrosis (death) of fat cells.

Can belly fat be used for breast reconstruction?

  • Yes, excess belly fat can be used for breast reconstruction to create results that look and feel natural.

How long is the recovery time for Fat Transfer?

  • Most people recover fully in about four to six weeks after the surgery. 

What is natural breast augmentation?

  • Natural breast augmentation is another name for fat transfer to the breast. It is a surgical procedure that utilizes your body’s natural fat stores to increase the size of your breasts through fat transfer surgery.

How should I sleep after fat transfer to the breast?

  • It is recommended to sleep on your back at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees for at least 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery. Avoid sleeping on your side and stomach. 

Should I wear a bra after fat transfer to the breast?

  • It is best to avoid wearing a bra for three months after the fat transfer procedure. Although, you should wear a compression bra for the recommended time duration. 

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