Nazarian Plastic Surgery Services in Beverly Hills, LA

Fat Transfer to the Breasts


Fat Transfer To Breast

Fat grafting to the breast is an ideal procedure for naturally increasing volume in the breasts. It can also be a great way to add fullness to the upper portion of the breast in addition to a breast implant. During this procedure, fat is taken via liposuction from one area of the body where you have some excess, and then placed in the breasts to add volume. At Nazarian Plastic Surgery, fat grafting to the breast is fast becoming one of our go-to procedures as fat is a fantastic tool for helping patients achieve their ideal cleavage.

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Pairs Well With

  • Arnica

    Available in-office, our blend of medical-grade Arnica, Bromelain, and Vitamin K is much more potent and bioavailable than those available in drug stores. We recommend taking 2 pills daily starting up to 1 month, 2 weeks, or a couple days before your procedure and continuing until bruising and swelling have resolved. Also available with Tumeric to take starting 2 weeks after your surgical procedure for added anti-inflammatory benefits.

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  • Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

    Formulated specifically with Ceravitae to produce oxygen and allow your skin to breathe, Oxygenetix's Oxygenating Foundation is a fan favorite at The Skin Spot. Beneficial for all skin types, this conscious cosmetic goes on sheer and provides buildable coverage, perfect for post-procedure or while dealing with a skin flare. We swear by this beautiful, breathable makeup that also has SPF 30.

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  • Alastin TransForm

    Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment was developed to optimize your results when used after fat reduction treatments and it is also used to improve skin quality when used on its own. It has been proven to help accelerate body fat reduction, enhance skin tightening procedure results, and improve skin texture, firmness and crepiness.

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    NEW! BodiFirm™ - Because skin on the body is fundamentally different from skin on the face and décolletage, we created BodiFirm™, the first Revision Skincare product specifically formulated to address skin concerns on the body. This clinically-proven formula with patent-pending iFirm™ Technology was designed to help visibly firm, tighten and lift sagging, crepey skin in order to sculpt and tone the body.

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Ideal Candidate

Our breasts are one of our power centers. Adding a bit more volume to make them more proportional or to restore lost volume after pregnancy and/or weight loss is an easy way to boost vitality and feel fantastic. But some patients don’t want a foreign device in their bodies. Fat grafting to the breast gives them the option of increasing fullness without a breast implant.  The ideal candidate for fat transfer to the breast must have good skin tone, areas of excess fat elsewhere on the body, and not a lot of sagging in the skin and tissues of the breasts. In addition to patients who don’t want an implant, fat grafting to the breasts may be a good option for:
  • younger patients who aren’t ready to commit to a breast implant
  • women who want a bit more volume, but not a whole cup size
  • slender women who need more soft tissue coverage on top with their breast implant or who show rippling due to thinned skin
  • patients who want to improve a less than an ideal breast augmentation result, and who don’t want to replace their breast implants

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Fat Transfer Consultation

It’s important when considering any kind of breast surgery to be assessed in person. During your fat grafting to the breast consultation at our Beverly Hills office, Dr. Nazarian will listen closely to what bothers you about your breasts and/or body contour. She will ask about any prior surgeries as well as your lifestyle. Together, you will analyze photos of breasts that you admire as well as why. The goal is to settle on the “look” that you are hoping to achieve. Then, she will perform a thorough physical examination to assess:
  • skin tone
  • skin laxity
  • amount & condition of natural breast tissue
  • potential liposuction areas of excess fat
Dr. Nazarian will always be honest with you about what can and cannot be achieved with any procedure. Making certain that a patient has realistic expectations is one of the key components to a happy outcome. For example, fat grafting to the breast on its own can only take a patient up a half a size. However, Dr. Nazarian will often combine it with a breast augmentation with breast implants to improve cleavage by increasing volume in the upper pole to create a more natural ramp appearance. It’s also a great tool for providing breast implant coverage in patients with very little body fat and/or native breast tissue where rippling may be an issue.

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Fat Grafting for Men

Fat grafting to the breast is not just for women. Many men use this procedure to increase fullness in their pectoralis muscles. Just as full breasts are a sign of femininity, a muscular chest is a sign of masculinity. Men today have really jumped on the health and fitness bandwagon. They work out hard and eat right to look good. However, this does not always create the chest that they desire. Fat grafting to the breast is the perfect procedure to help men attain their ideal chest.

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Fat Grafting Procedure

Fat transfer to the breast always begins with liposuction. During your initial consultation, Dr. Nazarian will discuss the optimum harvest zones for fat. These typically include the:
  • abdomen
  • flanks
  • thighs
  • arms
  • neck
Sometimes, more than one area will be targeted in order to accumulate enough fat. The harvested fat is processed so that only the rich fat cells remain. Dr. Nazarian then strategically places this fat into your chest. Fat grafting to the breast is a procedure where skill and experience make a huge difference. Part of this is knowing proper placement. But the other part is the ability to anticipate fat survival. Not all of the fat in a given fat grafting procedure is going to “take”. Some of the cells will die off. So, the surgeon must have the experience to adjust accordingly.

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Asked Questions

How long will my fat transfer to the breasts results last?

Your results are permanent. This is one of the biggest advantages of fat grafting in general.  However, only about 50-70% of the injected fat will survive. I compensate for this by trying to over-fill by about 20% at the time of surgery. It means a longer wait for your “final” results, but it’s worth it. If more volume is desired, repeat fat grafting procedures may be performed. And if you gain or lose weight, the fat will shrink and expand as normal.

Is fat transfer to the breast safe?

Yes. This is a procedure that has been well studied and is extremely safe. Furthermore, since you are using your body’s own tissue to increase volume, there is basically no risk of an allergic or adverse reaction.  As with all breast surgeries, normal breast exams and mammography are recommended both before and after your fat grafting to the breast procedure.

How long does the fat grafting to the breast procedure take?

It’s going to depend on how much liposuction I perform. If a patient really needs a lot of body contouring in addition to the fat transfer to the breasts, it’s going to take a while. Once I examine you in person during your consultation, I will be able to give you a truly realistic time frame.

I’ve read about fat and stem cells. What is this?

Fat is one of the richest sources of stem cells. And stem cells are like magic. A fat transfer, whether to the breast, bottom or face, produces a stem cell boost that improves skin tone and texture. It can even help skin and tissues that have undergone radiation to come “back to life”. As plastic surgeons, we have only scratched the surface on what these wonder cells can do. But I am really excited about the future of fat grafting.

Should I have a special diet after fat transfer to the breast?

There is no need to follow a special diet after fat transfer to the breast other than the one that we should all be following -- eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, good fats and stay away from the sugar (including simple carbs). The latter is really good not only for your waistline, but also for your skin as it reduces inflammation.

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Posted by Nazarian Plastic Surgery on Thursday, May 2, 2019