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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation


If you are experiencing a lack of volume in your breasts, either after childbirth, excessive weight loss, a mastectomy or even the natural ageing process, you might be considering a breast augmentation surgery. However, if you are concerned about using implants to increase the size and projection of your breasts, did you know that we offer fat transfer breast augmentation, here at Dr Veerle Rotsaert Cosmetic Surgery in Belgravia, London.


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Time off work
1 - 2 weeks
Hospital stay
Day case or overnight
After 1 week
Sleeping position
On back for 2 - 3 weeks
Bras & garments
Wear for 36weeks
Full recovery
4 - 6 weeks
After 1 - 2 weeks
Physical activity
6 weeks

The donor areas Dr. Rotsaert performs liposuction on: 

Arms, abdomen/belly, flanks, chin, hips, saddlebags and thighs.

How does it work?


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Frequently asked questions

What is fat transfer breast enhancement surgery?

A fat transfer is a more natural way to enhance your breasts, through cosmetic surgery. It entails using liposuction to remove fat from one part of your body and to then inject this fat into the breasts, to create a better shape and more volume. This is a superb way to remove unwanted fat and to create a shapelier, fuller breast, but only using the natural substances already present within your own body. If you prefer the more natural approach to physical enhancement, and do not wish to have implant removal or replacement further down the line, this procedure could be the perfect option.

Am I suitable for a fat transfer breast augmentation surgery?

If you are in good health and are seeking to enhance your breasts for a more pleasing appearance as well as to be more confident in your skin, you may be suitable for a surgical fat transfer breast enlargement procedure. However, prior to any treatment being carried out by Dr Rotsaert, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation, so that you can discuss your concerns about your breasts, the details of the procedure and have your medical history checked as well as an examination to decide on where on your body the fat will be taken from, to ensure a fat transfer breast augmentation will be safe for you to undergo. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask all those questions that you want to ask and to gather all the information you need, in order to make an informed and educated decision on whether to proceed with the treatment.

What happens during a fat transfer breast augmentation?

A fat transfer breast augmentation procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (GA), and will take around two hours. Dr Rotsaert will numb the areas which will undergo liposuction so that you are more comfortable after surgery. Fat is then removed, using a small cannula. The removed fat is then treated in a centrifuge, to separate the fat and prepare for grafting. The treated fat is then injected in to the low-volume areas of the breasts.

Will I get scarring with a fat transfer breast augmentation?

The beauty of this procedure is that an incision will not need to be made, as a prosthetic implant is not used, with fat transfer breast enhancement. You may find however, that you have some tiny scars from where the liposuction cannula was inserted, at the site of fat removal. However, these will be extremely small and will fade with time.

Can a fat transfer breast enhancement be combined with implant surgery?

A fat transfer breast augmentation can be combined with implant surgery, breast uplift surgery and even a breast implant removal or replacement. You can discuss how you would like your breast to finally look, and all the options available to you, in your pre-treatment consultation with Dr Rotsaert.

What is the downtime, following a breast enhancement using fat transfer?

If your fat transfer breast enhancement is not combined with an implant surgery, the recovery is fairly quick with this procedure. You may however, need to take a week off work, following the procedure and up to two weeks off work, if a breast implant is used, depending on your job and how physical it is. If an implant is used, you will need to rest well, avoid heavy lifting and exercise for up to 6 weeks, following your procedure and won’t be recommended to drive for around a week. A non-underwired compression bra will be given to you to wear for up to 6 weeks after your procedure, if a breast implant is used, and a non-underwired bra will be recommended, even if you have only had the fat transfer procedure. You will also need to wear a compression garment on the area where you had the liposuction treatment, for up to 6 weeks, following the procedure.

When will I see the results?

You will be able to experience the results of your liposuction and fat transfer immediately. However, you will need to consider that the treatment areas will be sore and swollen for a few weeks following the procedure and this will affect the initial results, so it’s good to be patient. Areas where you have had liposuction may need to have some manual lymphatic drainage massage, to encourage any excess fluid to dissipate, so as to minimise swelling and discomfort. You will also be asked to return to the clinic for a follow-up appointment at around 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 6months, after your surgery, to ensure you are healing well and the results are as expected.

Additional Information

Why have fat transfer surgery with Dr. Rotsaert? 

What sets Dr Rotsaert apart is that she truly cares about her patients and is passionate about helping them to achieve their aesthetic goals by tailoring every procedure to their needs.

For breast surgery, many surgeons have a dogmatic belief that one size fits all, Dr Rotsaert’s motto is that each and every surgery – be it a breast augmentation, or any other procedure – is different. Imperceptible scars are a key focus, requiring meticulous planning and very delicate tissue handling, with ethnicity, age and skin type dictating her choice of suture.

For breast enhancement, one of Dr Rotsaert’s preferred methods is fat grafting, which gives the most natural results. ‘Fat is forever, which is why I like to call it liquid gold,’ she explains. This method is often ideal for those wanting a modest enhancement, as the receptor area will benefit from improvement of skin quality because of the fat stem cells. She always recommends her patients do this in combination with  Onda Coolwaves (a revolutionary, painless microwave technology that melts away fat) at Tempus Belgravia, so that the donor side gets the added benefit of skin tightening and irregularity removal.


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