Fat Transfer to the breasts

Fat Transfer to the Breasts

Fat Transfer to the Breast
Fat Transfer to the Breast

Fat Transfer

Fat-transfer as a procedure can also be used to enlarge the breasts. After all, the breast is mainly fat. This procedure involves harvesting fat from another area, cleaning the fat cells and re-grafting it back to the breasts. Which makes it a liposuction-type surgical procedure. This done in a Day Surgery OT under sedation by an anaesthetist.

The recovery is not unlike that of a typical liposuction procedure. Some soreness of both the donor site and the breasts is to be expected for a couple of days after the procedure. Most patients can go about activities the very next day, just a bit slower because of the soreness. There is no real need for bed rest.

Who benefits most? If co-incidentally you happen to be thinking of having a liposuction, the fat transfer to the breasts would be the obvious alternative to Macrolane or a silicone breast implant.

Like with Macrolane, we put the fat behind the glandular tissue so there will not be any issue with future diagnostic imaging for that area. And the breasts look and feel completely natural.

In the past when doctors injected large amounts of fat back into the breasts, most of the transplanted fat cells die off. The incidence of oil cysts also increases with large amounts of transfers. The blood supply to the area will only be enough for a certain amount of grafted fat. From experience we know that about 150mls is optimum. By re-injecting only 150mls on each side, we can achieve good survival rates and minimise the formation of oil cysts.

Some of the fat will resorb. With about 100-120mls remaining for the long term, this translates to about 1 cup size up in an average size girl.


David Loh Surgery is an aesthetic clinic in Singapore that is MOH accredited to perform office based liposuction. Dr David Loh also operates at Novena Day Surgery. Dr David Loh performs liposuction using VASER and has been high definition Vaser Liposelection accredited since 2008. He performs fat transfer to the breasts in Novena Day Surgery.