Fat Transfer to Breasts

A Natural Alternative to Implants

While traditional breast augmentation is an excellent way of enhancing your appearance, some patients prefer not to have implants. With the fat transfer technique, patients enjoy enhanced breast size and shape, with entirely natural components — no silicone or saline implants.

This innovative surgery produces a modest size increase by transferring fat taken from the patient’s own body. Since the procedure uses real fat cells, the results look and feel entirely natural. Patients who do choose implants, however, can also benefit from this treatment, as fat can be transferred to add additional volume.

As an expert in fat transfer techniques, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello creates long-lasting results that blend in seamlessly with your natural shape and body contour.

Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello today at (212) 644-4416 to schedule a consultation for breast fat transfer in NYC.


Ideal Candidates for Fat Transfer Breast Enhancement

Patients who chose this procedure frequently exhibit the following characteristics:


  • Naturally small breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Breasts that have lost shape or volume caused by pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, and other factors
  • Unwanted fat in areas such as the thighs or abdomen that can be harvested for transfer


The best candidates for treatment are those who would like some added volume but are not interested in a dramatic change. They should also have an adequate amount of donor fat to be transferred. Patients who want to increase their breasts by more than a cup size, or who have low body fat and do not qualify for the grafting procedure, may be better suited by a breast augmentation with implants. At your initial consultation, Dr. Cangello can help you explore which methods will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals.

It should be noted that fat transfer alone cannot provide a significant lift to the breasts if you are experiencing loose skin as the result of breastfeeding or weight loss. This is why many women choose to have their fat transfer procedure performed with a breast lift. Paired together, these procedures provide fantastic results, raising the breast position on the chest wall, improving projection, and adding tissue volume.

Your Consultation for Breast Fat Transfer

Patients considering the fat transfer procedure personally meet with Dr. Cangello to discuss any questions they may have, learn more about what the surgery entails, and decide whether this procedure is right for them. During this visit, Dr. Cangello works with patients to identify the best donor area where fat can be removed. Patients often enjoy hearing that the treatment will sculpt specific areas of the body while enhancing breast volume, which is the best of both worlds in many cases.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo breast enhancement is a personal one. It is Dr. Cangello’s goal to provide patients with the information they need to make the best choice. He will also help patients explore their full range of surgical options. Your treatment should be precisely what you’re looking for and exceed your expectations; Dr. Cangello considers the consultation as the best time to get to know patients, establish a relationship, and create a plan of care that is best suited to meet their needs. With his commitment to excellent patient communication and beautiful results, Dr. Cangello can help you feel great about the way you look.


The Art of Breast Enhancement Using Fat Transfer

Enhancing the breasts using fat transfer is an innovative surgery that requires expert skill. Dr. Cangello is one of only two surgeons in the world trained by Dr. Sydney Coleman, who is a pioneer of fat transfer techniques. Dr. Cangello also shared a practice with Dr. Coleman for two years, allowing him to refine the methods that lead to long-lasting results. Combining his artistic insight with extensive experience, Dr. Cangello delivers superior breast fat transfer results.

How the Procedure is Performed

Your treatment begins with the removal of donor fat using the liposuction technique. Common liposuction areas include the abdomen and thighs. After the cells are extracted, they are processed and prepared for safe transfer. The fat cells are then carefully injected into the breasts through a small incision until the ideal amount of volume is achieved.

Breast enhancement with fat transfer is popular among plastic surgery patients for all the following benefits:

  • Looks and feels 100% natural
  • Provides a modest size increase
  • Improves breast shape
  • Minimal risk of adverse reaction
  • Enhances body proportions and helps slim areas where fat is harvested
  • Produces minimal scarring

Your procedure is customized to your body shape, goals, and expectations. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cangello to learn more about the surgical process for fat grafting breast augmentation. 


Fat Transfer to Breast FAQs

What Is Recovery Like?

After breast fat transfer, patients will need to wear a compression garment on the areas where fat was removed. These secondary treatment sites may feel tender during the first few days, but Dr. Cangello will prescribe pain medication to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. There might also be bruising and swelling on the grafted areas, but the majority of these symptoms will resolve within two weeks. The complete healing process generally takes a few weeks up to several months, but most patients can return to work and social activities at the two-week mark.

Does Fat Transfer to the Breast Produce Scarring?

This procedure requires tiny incisions, so it produces virtually no visible scarring. If you are concerned about scarring, be sure to bring these questions up at your treatment consultation.

Will I Need More than One Procedure?

It’s common for the body to absorb some of the fat cells after transfer, so many patients choose to have touch-ups until ideal breast volume is achieved. However, some patients see excellent results after just a single procedure. Dr. Cangello is thorough in patient outreach and follow-ups after every treatment to establish clear communication. If additional treatments are needed, these can be planned to meet your expectations.

How Long Do the Results of Breast Fat Transfer Last?

The fat cells that establish a blood supply after transfer will stay there indefinitely.

Dr. Cangello offers the fat grafting technique as a natural way to achieve enhanced breast volume, without implants. Call Dr. Cangello‘s NYC plastic surgery office for additional information or to schedule a consultation. 

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