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What is the procedure for a fat transfer breast augmentation?

Fat transfer is for women who want their breasts to have a very natural appearance, and who don’t want to go up more than one cup size.

A first step of the procedure determined with Dr. Courtney ahead of time is the part of your body the donor fat will be removed from. The area selected will be a place where you have excess, unwanted fat. 

One of the benefits of a fat transfer breast augmentation in Houston, TX, is that it includes this unwanted fat removal, providing you with a more toned, lean body while your breasts are enhanced. During the surgery, this fat tissue will be removed by liposuction and then purified. Once it is purified, it is transferred into your breasts. This new fat tissue in your breasts fills them out and gives them a plumper, fuller appearance that is soft and natural-looking.

What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation?

A fat transfer can be a good option for a patient who is looking for a smaller breast augmentation or who is concerned about having implants in their body.

Natural augmentation that does not rely on a medical device like an implant carries no risk of implant failure or breast implant illness, and there is no need to replace the implants every ten years, although over time a patient may want to boost their breast augmentation with a new fat transfer.

Fat transfers have minimal incisions, reducing the risk of scarring.

Finally, fat transfer breast augmentation in Houston leaves you with long-lasting, natural-looking and feeling breasts.

Is a fat transfer breast augmentation a good option for me?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is for patients who are healthy nonsmokers who have sufficient unwanted fat to be harvested for transfer to their breasts. 

Women who would like to increase their breast size by about one cup, gaining moderate cleavage are good candidates for this procedure.

Women with asymmetrical breasts who are not looking to greatly enlarge their breasts can be ideal candidates for this procedure. Fat can improve the shape of the breasts without significantly enlarging them.

The best way to learn if the procedure is right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Courtney, who can assess your goals and help you decide which course of action is best for you.

What should I expect in my consultation with Dr. Courtney?

Dr. Courtney will review your medical history, goals, and concerns. He will walk you through each step of the procedure and answer any questions about what to expect. Depending on your expectations for your breasts, he may recommend a breast lift as well. Dr. Courtney will discuss possible donor sites on your body to achieve a more sculpted look as a part of the liposuction procedure. 


After surgery, a compression bandage is placed around the breasts for about one week, which improves your comfort and also helps to reduce swelling and bruising. Recovery time varies from person to person, often depending on the fat donor sites that were liposuctioned.

Pain from the procedure is different for every patient. Most patients report pain greatly decreasing after the first one or two weeks and need no further pain medication.

Patients spend one to two days resting and generally return to normal activities in one week. Patients who work in active positions or do heavy labor should usually wait longer, about 3-6 weeks, to resume work or exercise.

Recovery Tips for Fat-Transfer Breast Augmentation 

  1. Follow your surgeon's instructions: Adhere to the post-operative guidelines provided by your surgeon to ensure a smooth recovery.
  2. Rest and avoid strenuous activities: Allow your body time to heal by resting and avoiding vigorous activities during the initial recovery period.
  3. Manage discomfort and swelling: Take prescribed pain medication, use cold compresses, and wear compression garments to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.
  4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Eat a nutritious diet, stay hydrated, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption to support healing.
  5. Sleep on your back: Sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on the breasts and aid in healing.
  6. Care for incisions and scars: Follow your surgeon's instructions for cleaning and dressing incisions, protect them from sunlight, and use sunscreen.
  7. Attend follow-up appointments: Regularly visit your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns during recovery.
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How long will my results last?

Results from breast augmentation through fat transfer can last permanently. The full results of the procedure can take 4-6 months to be completely realized, as the cells take time to settle, and some of the injected fat can dissolve in the first few weeks after the procedure. This is a natural part of the healing process. 

While some patients have less fat loss, others may need a follow-up procedure to add additional fat. The amount of fat your body maintains after fat transfer will not decrease any further after the initial month, and the size of your breasts will last from there forward: larger, more shapely, and fully natural.

Breast augmentation with Dr. Courtney

Dr. Courtney cares about your aesthetic goals, and he is dedicated to helping achieve your expectations. He makes sure that he understands your unique desires as he develops your surgical plan, paying close attention to your hopes for your breast augmentation outcome.

Dr. Courtney is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has seen firsthand the benefits of fat transfer. He is ready and happy to help you take your next step to the natural-looking, long-lasting breasts you want.

If you’re ready to learn more about your options for fat transfer breast augmentation in Houston, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation.

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