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What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer uses your own fat cells to provide natural breast augmentation instead of using implants. Your fat is harvested from an area of the body that has extra or excess fat that you don’t want. This may be the bottom, abdomen, flanks, thighs, or other areas. Breast augmentation with fat transfer provides the extra benefit of smoothing and trimming the area the fat is harvested from, which is an added plus. This harvested fat is cleaned and purified and then injected carefully and precisely into the breasts to provide a full, round contour.

Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is for women who would like their breasts to have a very natural appearance and aren’t looking to go up more than a cup size or two. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have sufficient unwanted fat to be harvested for transfer to their breasts 
  • Would like to increase their breast size and gain moderate cleavage 
  • Have asymmetrical breasts and would like them to be symmetrical and even
  • Would like to enhance the shape and roundness of their breasts

What are the Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

  • Increases your breast volume by 1-2 cup sizes
  • Achieves a round and shapely look without the need for implants
  • Provides bigger, fuller breasts without the “artificial” look or feel of implants
  • Replaces implants you no longer want with natural breast augmentation
  • Achieves a more attractive, youthful, and aesthetic breast appearance
  • Minimal incisions
  • Greatly reduces scarring
  • Very long-lasting, beautiful, and natural breast augmentation
  • Includes the removal of unwanted fat from the harvest area, providing a more sculpted shape
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Your Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Procedure

Your Consultation with Dr. Shafa

You will start with a thorough consultation with Dr. Shafa. Dr. Shafa will review your medical history, examine your breasts, and discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. Dr. Shafa will walk you through the procedure, answer any questions, and help you prepare for what to expect.

Depending on your goals to enhance your breasts, Dr. Shafa may recommend a breast lift to accompany your fat transfer augmentation. 

You will discuss which body part you would like to harvest fat from. Dr. Shafa will talk about which possible donor sites on your body might be best to help you achieve a more sculpted look and will best complement your augmented breasts. This could be the bra area, thighs, abdomen, or flanks.

Preparing for Surgery

One or two weeks before surgery, stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. This includes supplements or herbs that may act as blood thinners, such as vitamin E or ginger. These drugs and supplements thin the blood and can cause excessive bleeding during your procedure.

Also one or two weeks before surgery, quit smoking. This is very important as smoking can impair healing because it decreases the flow of blood, which makes wounds less likely to close or heal well. Smoking also weakens your immune system, which increases the chance of infection.


During your fat transfer breast augmentation in Beverly Hills & Santa Monica, the first step will be carefully removing the fat from the harvest area by liposuction. This is done gently to try to preserve as many fat cells as possible without damaging them. The cells are then purified and carefully cleaned so that only the most viable material remains for reintroduction into your breasts. These purified fat cells are then precisely transferred into your breasts. Dr. Shafa will inject the fat into your breasts in specific amounts and locations in each breast to achieve the ideal fullness, symmetry, and aesthetic appearance. 

The fat tissue in your breasts immediately fills them out and provides a plump, full, and round appearance. The breasts look naturally appealing, and they feel the way your natural breasts would, only larger. 


Recovery time varies for each patient and can depend on which fat donor sites were liposuctioned, but in general, you should be able to return to work in about a week.

After your surgery, a compression bandage will be placed around your breasts. This improves comfort, prevents swelling, and helps the breasts heal in a shapely way. You will likely need to spend one to two days recuperating, but you should be able to return to work or light activities in about a week. You will need to wait about 3-6 weeks to resume strenuous work or exercise.

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How Long Will My Results Last?

The results of your fat transfer breast augmentation in Beverly Hills can be extremely long-lasting and may be considered permanent. Keep in mind that the breasts will need a chance to settle after the procedure. The full results of your breast augmentation with the fat transfer may take about 4-6 months to be seen completely.

Some of the injected fat will dissolve in the first few weeks after the procedure. This is a natural part of the healing process after fat transfer and is expected. Dr. Shafa will overfill your breasts during your procedure to compensate for this. However, in some cases, a follow-up procedure may be needed to add additional fat. 

After the first month, the amount of fat your body retains after the fat transfer augmentation will not decrease further. If you maintain your current weight, the size of your breasts will last from that point onward, and you will be able to enjoy your larger, shapely, rounder, and fuller natural breasts.

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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation With Dr. Shafa

Dr. Shafa is dedicated to his patients' aesthetic goals and takes the time to understand your concerns and vision for your breasts. Dr. Shafa provides beautiful fat transfer breast augmentation for women who would like breast enhancement and augmentation without the use of implants. Dr. Shafa works closely with you as he develops your surgical plan, including the selection of your donor site for fat harvesting, your goals for increased breast size, and your ideal overall outcome. 

Dr. Brian Shafa offers his patients advanced skills, artistry, and a personal approach that makes all the difference in your comfort and results. Dr. Shafa loves to see women's happiness and renewed self-confidence after breast augmentation with fat transfer. 

If you’re ready to learn more about your options for fat transfer breast augmentation, please get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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