Breast Augmentation: Implants vs. Fat Transfer

medium_swimsuit photoLately there has been a lot of press about fat transfer to the breasts as the natural alternative to traditional breast augmentation. While both of these procedures can add to the fullness and look of your breasts, it is important to understand the limitations and benefits each procedure has to offer. We have assembled a list of facts about both procedures and combined with a consult from a qualified plastic surgeon, you will be armed with all of the information necessary to make the best decision.

Breast Augmentation using Fat Transfer:

How is the procedure performed?

A fat transfer breast augmentation is performed by taking fat from other areas of the body via liposuction and transplanting it to the breasts.

How much does Fat Transfer to the breasts cost?

$6,900- $9,900

What are the Benefits and downsides to this procedure?


  • The procedure does not involve placement of foreign implant material into the breasts
  • Your own fat is used to augment the breasts
  • There is virtually no scarring
  • The look and feel of the breasts remains 100% natural
  • Ideal for the patient that wants only a moderate increase in breast volume


  • A high volume of fat is needed to perform the surgery. The patient needs to have enough fat in order for the procedure to work
  • The results of this procedure are temporary; the fat injected will be reabsorbed by the body over time.
  • Not ideal for the patient that wants to increase the volume of the breasts above one cup size

Breast Augmentation:

How is the procedure performed?

Breast Augmentation involves surgery to place an implant either under or above the breast muscle to increase the volume and overall look of the breast.

How much does the procedure cost?

The procedure starts at $6500, depending on the scope of the work to be performed.

What are the benefits and drawbacks to this procedure?


  • Can increase the fullness of your breasts as much or as little as desired
  • Can improve the shape of your breasts
  • The results are long term
  • Can add balance to your overall figure
  • Can correct asymmetry of the breasts
  • Scars can be placed to be easily concealed by swimsuits or bras


  • Certain types of implants may need to be replaced periodically
  • There may be some residual scarring
  • Breast augmentation is surgery and can result in fluid accumulation, infection or capsular contracture that could potentially necessitate additional surgery
  • Although implants enhance the size and shape of the breasts, a breast lift may also be needed to achieve the optimum results

Contact Plastic Surgery Specialists and learn more about how breast augmentation can work for you.

Many women who consider breast augmentation also consider breast lift, breast revision and mommy makeover.

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