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Fat Transfer To Breasts / Lipofilling

Fat Transfer To Breasts / Lipofilling

Fat transfer to the breasts, also known as autologous fat grafting or natural breast augmentation, is a sophisticated cosmetic procedure that enhances breast size and shape using your own fat. This technique offers a dual benefit: slimming areas where excess fat is undesired and augmenting the breasts for a more natural and subtle enhancement compared to traditional breast implants. Recommended for those seeking a moderate increase in breast size and improved breast contour without the use of implants, fat transfer presents an appealing option. Anca specialises in this minimally invasive approach, emphasising a personalised and natural-looking outcome. By carefully harvesting fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the breasts, she achieves results that are in harmony with your overall physique and aesthetic goals.



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At a glance

Length of fat transfer to breast surgery
2 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
7-10 days
6 weeks

Table of Contents

Who Needs Fat Transfer to the Breasts Surgery

Fat transfer to the breasts is an ideal procedure for certain patients based on their aesthetic goals, physical health, and personal preferences. Anca identifies suitable candidates through complex consultations, considering several factors:

  • Desire for a Modest Increase in Breast Size: This procedure is perfect for women looking for a slight to moderate increase in breast volume without the use of implants. It’s particularly appealing to those seeking natural results.
  • Correction of Breast Asymmetry: Patients with noticeable asymmetry between their breasts can benefit from fat transfer, allowing for precise adjustments to achieve balance and symmetry.
  • Enhancement of Breast Shape and Contour: Beyond adding volume, this technique is sought by women aiming to enhance the overall shape and contour of their breasts, such as filling in the upper pole for a fuller appearance.
  • Preference for Natural Materials: If you prefer to avoid synthetic materials in your body, you can choose fat transfer as a natural alternative, using your body’s own fat to enhance breast size.
  • Recovery from Previous Breast Surgeries: Patients unhappy with the results of previous breast surgeries or experiencing complications from breast implants may consider fat transfer for corrective purposes or as part of a reconstructive process.
  • Sufficient Donor Fat: Suitable candidates must have adequate fat in other areas of the body that can be harvested for the transfer. Anca assesses potential donor sites to ensure there is enough viable fat for a successful outcome.

Benefits of Fat Transfer to the Breast Surgery

Fat transfer to the breasts offers a range of benefits, making it an attractive option for those looking to enhance their breast appearance:

  • Natural Results: Since the procedure uses your own fat, the results feel and look natural, avoiding the potential complications or aesthetic concerns associated with implants.
  • Improved Body Contour: The need to harvest fat from other body areas means you enjoy the dual benefit of contouring places like the abdomen, thighs, or hips, leading to an overall more pleasing body silhouette.
  • Minimised Risk of Allergic Reactions: As the procedure uses your own biological material, there is no risk of allergic reactions that can sometimes occur with foreign materials like silicone or saline implants.
  • Less Invasive: Fat transfer involves smaller incisions compared to traditional breast augmentation, leading to quicker recovery times and minimal scarring.
  • Correction of Imperfections: This method allows for precise corrections of breast asymmetry, shape, and volume, offering a customised approach to breast enhancement.
  • Potential for Reabsorption: While some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body initially, the remaining fat cells can provide a long-lasting enhancement, with the possibility of further touch-ups if desired.

Types of Fat Transfer to the Breasts

Pure Grafting for Volume Enhancement

This technique is primarily aimed at increasing breast size. It involves the extraction of fat from areas with excess deposits, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks, through liposuction. The harvested fat is then purified and carefully injected into the breast tissue to achieve the desired volume increase. It’s ideal for patients looking for a modest enlargement without the use of implants.

Structural Fat Grafting for Shaping and Contouring

Beyond simply adding volume, structural fat grafting focuses on sculpting the breasts to improve their shape and contour. This method requires precise injection techniques to sculpt the breasts into a more desirable form, correcting asymmetries or enhancing the natural curvature. It’s particularly beneficial for patients who seek a more defined breast shape along with volume enhancement.

Composite Breast Augmentation

This advanced technique combines fat transfer with breast implants to provide both the natural feel of fat and the significant volume increase that implants offer. It’s suitable for patients desiring a larger augmentation than fat alone can achieve while still enjoying the benefits of a natural look and feel. Anca may recommend this approach for individuals looking to address significant volume loss or achieve a substantial increase in breast size.

Corrective Fat Grafting

Used to correct imperfections from previous breast surgeries, such as implant rippling, asymmetry, or irregular contours, corrective fat grafting uses your fat to smooth out and refine the breast appearance. This technique is often sought by patients unhappy with the results of prior breast augmentation or reconstruction procedures.

How Is the Procedure Performed

The fat transfer to breasts procedure is performed by Anca, involving several key steps to ensure safety, effectiveness, and natural-looking results. Here are the details of how the procedure is conducted:

  • Consultation and Planning: An initial consultation with Anca is essential to discuss your goals, evaluate your suitability for the procedure, and determine the best approach. During this phase, Anca assesses the donor sites for fat harvesting and the breast area to plan the fat transfer.
  • Harvesting Fat: The procedure begins with liposuction to harvest fat from the predetermined areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips. Anca uses gentle liposuction techniques to minimise trauma to the fat cells, ensuring a high viability rate for transfer.
  • Purification of Fat: Once harvested, the fat is then processed and purified. This step involves separating viable fat cells from the liquid and debris collected during liposuction. The purification process is crucial for the success of the fat grafting, as it ensures that only healthy, intact fat cells are used for injection.
  • Injection into the Breasts: The purified fat is carefully injected into the breasts at various depths and areas to achieve the desired volume and shape. Anca employs specialised techniques to evenly distribute the fat cells, enhancing their survival rate and ensuring a smooth, natural contour. This step requires precision and artistry to achieve symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing results.
  • Monitoring and Final Touches: Throughout the procedure, Anca continuously assesses the shape and symmetry of the breasts, making adjustments as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.

The entire procedure is performed under anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort. The type of anaesthesia used (local with sedation or general) will depend on the extent of the fat transfer and your preferences.

Fat transfer to the breasts encompasses several techniques, each tailored to meet your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Anca employs various methods to ensure the most natural-looking results, focusing on volume enhancement, shape improvement, and overall breast aesthetics.

Each of the techniques requires a detailed consultation with Anca to determine the most appropriate approach based on your body type, existing breast tissue, and specific aesthetic desires. By customising the fat transfer process, Anca ensures that each patient receives a tailored treatment plan designed to achieve the most natural and satisfying outcomes.


Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from a fat transfer to the breasts surgery involves a period of healing and adjustment as the body adapts to the newly transferred fat cells. Anca provides each patient with a tailored aftercare plan to ensure optimal recovery and the best possible outcomes:

  • Immediate Post-Procedure Care: Following the surgery, you may experience mild to moderate swelling and bruising both at the donor sites and the breasts. Anca will recommend wearing a compression garment in the areas where liposuction was performed to help reduce swelling and support the healing tissues.
  • Breast Care: A special supportive bra, often without underwires, should be worn as directed by Anca. This helps maintain the shape of the breasts as they heal and minimises swelling.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a few weeks post-surgery. Anca provides guidance on when it’s safe to resume various types of activities based on the individual’s recovery progress.
  • Monitoring for Changes: Regular follow-up appointments with Anca are essential to monitor the healing process and assess the survival of the transferred fat cells. These check-ups also allow for the early identification and management of any potential complications.
  • Maintaining Results: Long-term, maintaining a stable weight is key to preserving the results of the fat transfer, as significant weight fluctuations can affect the size and shape of the breasts.


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How Much Is Fat Transfer to the Breast in UK

The cost of fat transfer to the breasts in the UK can vary widely based on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location of the clinic. Anca ensures that all patients receive a clear and comprehensive breakdown of costs during their initial consultation. On average, the procedure can range from £3,500 to £8,000. This estimate typically includes:

  • Consultation Fees: The initial assessment to discuss goals and evaluate suitability for the procedure.
  • Anaesthesia Fees: Costs associated with general anaesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort during the surgery.
  • Surgeon’s Fees: The cost for Anca’s expertise and time spent performing the surgery.
  • Facility Fees: Charges for the use of the clinic or hospital facilities and equipment.
  • Aftercare Costs: Includes follow-up visits, supportive garments, and any necessary medications.

It’s important to note that prices may vary, and additional costs could arise based on your individual needs, such as the necessity for touch-up procedures to achieve the desired volume or shape.

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Frequently asked questions

A suitable candidate for lipofilling would have a preference of enhancing their breast size and shape without having implants and is content to accept an increase of up to one cup size. You must also have the available fat deposits! Best results are seen in people who maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and keep their body well hydrated and their weight steady.

The fat transfer to breast surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic to eliminate any pain during the procedure itself. Post-operatively, you are likely to experience some discomfort, which may take a couple of weeks to subside. A course of pain relief will be prescribed.

There is likely to be some swelling, bruising and temporary numbness, following this lipofilling procedure, which will ease within 2 – 3 weeks post treatment. Uncommon risks include infection, asymmetry, bleeding, fat necrosis, oil cysts, benign calcifications and difficulty with mammogram interpretations and excessive loss of fat cells.

This fat transfer procedure may incur a period of 2 weeks recovery time, to allow for successful healing, and time off work may be required. Driving will be possible after 2 weeks. It may need up to 3 weeks before travelling abroad and 6 weeks before returning to the gym.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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