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Fat transfer breast augmentation

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a procedure used for reconstruction of the breast. The procedure allows surgeons more flexibility in shaping the breast than traditional silicon breast implants because fat can be strategically placed within the breast to create a pleasing shape that looks and feels completely natural.

3 steps

Fat transfer for breast augmentation is a procedure that involves three basic steps.

  1. Liposuction of the target area where fat cells are harvested
  2. Purification and preparation of fat cells
  3. Injection of the purified fat cells into the breast tissue


  • Natural look and feel
  • Can be performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Little down time
  • Fast recovery


In the April 2015, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS) reported a study that showed the incredible benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation. The study consisted on 59 women, 38 who received traditional breast implants, and 21 who received fat transfer breast augmentation. Although both groups reported high satisfaction, the results from the woman undergoing fat transfer procedure had more natural cleavage appearance.

Vertical aesthetic line (VAL)

The Vertical aesthetic line (VAL) is the distance between the medial borders of the breasts (the space between the breast).  After the study, the woman who received breast implants had a significantly greater space between the breasts compared to patients who received the fat transfer procedure. Why is this important? The study also took a survey of participants who were to view the attractiveness of breasts. The study found that 95% of the participants views breasts with narrower VAL to be more attractive and natural.

Procedural walk through

Following the arrival to a hospital outpatient facility, patients will first be prepared for surgery. Markings may be applied to the patient’s body to help guide the liposuction process. Then the patient receives local anesthesia in the areas that are to be treated along with a mild sedative. Then the plastic surgeon will begin the liposuction to the target areas, as well as make a small incision into the target. Next, there is an insertion of the cannula. This instrument is then be moved back and forth to section fat cells out of the body into a special container. The cells are then purified and prepared for injection into the breast tissue. Then small incisions (often made in a circular pattern around the perimeter of the breast) are made. Once the injections are complete, the incisions are closed.

Dr. Wright of the Laser, Lipo and Vein center is the leading vein doctor and Liposuction specialist in St. Louis. If you are seeking breast augmentation services or have any questions concerning your best options, please call us for a free initial consultation.