Fat transfer breast augmentation cost is one of the top concerns patients have when they come in for their consultations. And while we wish we could provide an accurate one-size-fits-all price for you right here, you really do need a consultation to know how much your procedure will cost.
What we can provide is an outline of the factors that influence the cost of fat transfer breast augmentation. But first, let’s define what breast augmentation fat transfer actually is and how it differs from traditional breast augmentation with breast implants.
What Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Plastic surgery is always evolving, and fat transfer procedures are a new type of surgical procedure that relocate fat from one part of the body to another. In the case of fat grafting breast augmentations, harvested fat is taken from places like the upper arms, thighs, or abdomen, then processed outside the body. The purified fat cells are then reinjected into the breast tissue.
The benefits of this procedure include a natural boost in volume, no need for breast implant monitoring, a more natural looking skin texture (no risk of rippling), and the added benefit of a slimmer liposuction site (where the excess fat comes from). For most patients, the recovery period is relatively short and only involves moderate soreness.
Breast implant placement requires more incisions (and scarring), and the recovery period may last a few weeks or longer. However, if you have extremely small breasts and want to go up significantly in volume, you may require breast implants. How many cup sizes you can go up with fat transfer breast augmentation surgery is limited.
How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost?
A patient’s breast augmentation with fat transfer cost will be determined based on the following factors:
Preoperative fees encompass the expenses associated with your initial consultation, medical screenings (blood tests, imaging scans, etc.), and any other necessary pre-surgery costs.
Your surgeon needs to ensure you are in good health and an appropriate candidate for the procedure. These steps are necessary both your safety and the success of your fat transfer breast augmentation.
Wherever the cost of living is higher, which is usually in metropolitan areas, you can expect slightly elevated surgical fees as well. Conversely, facilities in more rural areas may have lower prices. Always consider geographic location when budgeting for surgery.
The expertise and reputation of your surgeon will also play a role in determining their fees. In the end, surgeons with extensive experience and a proven track record may charge more for their services simply because they are in higher demand. At any rate, always choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified.
Surgical Facility or Hospital Fees
Depending on where you undergo surgery, facilities will charge for the use of their location, operating room, equipment, supplies, and staff. In addition, the duration of the procedure (and who your anesthesiologist is) and whether an overnight stay is required can also impact this cost.
Scope of Procedure
In the end, the complexity of your procedure, the volume of fat cells needed to be harvested and transferred, and whether you opt for additional treatments can all influence the overall cost. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your specific goals with you at your consultation appointment.
Postoperative fees include all costs related to follow-up appointments, compression garments or special bras, medications, etc. Patients often forget these expenses, which almost always need to be paid for out-of-pocket. However, they can be significant, so it’s important to budget for them as you approach surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fat transfer breast augmentation cost near me?
If you are seeking breast augmentation with a fat transfer in the Houston area, female board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Steinberg performs this and other breast surgeries at her Bellaire TX practice, Trouvaille Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery.
Is a fat transfer to breast worth it?
This really depends on your goals. If you’ve always wanted bigger breasts and like the idea of a modest volume increase while reducing unwanted fat in other areas with liposuction, a fat transfer breast augmentation could definitely be worth it for you.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation fat injections?
If you are interested in breast enhancement via autologous fat transfer, it’s best to be at or near your ideal body weight and in good physical health. You also much have enough excess fat to actually increase your breast volume.
If you simply don’t have a lot of excess body fat, a breast fat transfer procedure may not be possible. In this case, saline or silicone implants may work for you. The benefit of breast implants as a cosmetic surgery is, of course, that you can go up more than one cup size, whereas with a fat transfer plastic surgery, patients are more limited as to how much volume can be transferred.
Will I need a revision in the future? Do fat transfer to breasts last?
A fat transfer to the breasts can provide long-lasting results, but some patients may require a touch-up or revision in the future due to factors like weight fluctuations or the natural absorption of some of the transferred fat. Taking special care to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions during your recovery and leading a healthy lifestyle will help to maintain your results.
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While breast implants certainly have their place and can be highly effective for patients who want a more significant breast size increase, fat transfer breast augmentations are an excellent option for patients seeking more moderate changes and the reduction of unwanted fat.
If a natural breast augmentation with a fat transfer procedure sounds like something you’d be interested in, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with female board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Steinberg.