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Fat transfer breast augmentation offers women voluminous, shapely breasts without implants. This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows women to benefit from fuller breasts and a smaller waist at the same time. Dr. Sarah Mess specializes in fat transfer breast augmentation for body sculpting and implant-free breast enhancement.

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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation in Columbia, Maryland

Implant-free breast augmentation, also known as fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, provides subtle and natural-looking results. For this procedure, Dr. Mess harvests a patient’s own fat, usually from the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. This fat is purified then strategically injected to create fuller and more shapely breasts.1

Dr. Sarah Mess is recognized as one of the premier fat transfer surgeons on the East coast. She is frequently invited to lecture on this topic and to share her technique for achieving stunning implant-free breast enhancement results.

Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer to the buttocks, which you might know as the Brazilian butt lift, is a procedure based on the same premise as fat transfer to the breast—removing unwanted fat from one part of the body to boost volume in another. The Brazilian butt lift gets a lot of press and social media hype, but the truth is that fat transfer to the breast is a much more common procedure for real-world women.

If you desire a one to two cup increase in breast size, fat grafting is an excellent option that can provide a number of benefits, such as:

  • Look Great Without Implants

    Fat transfer makes it possible for women to have fuller, more voluminous breasts without the “artificial” look or feel of implants.

    If you don’t want implants but wish your small B cup was a full C cup, fat transfer breast augmentation can provide the volume you are missing. If you already have implants, but wish you didn’t, fat transfer can replace your existing silicone or saline implants and let you maintain the breast size and shape you want.

  • A More Youthful Appearance

    Age, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations can cause breasts to lose volume and appear saggy or deflated. Recreate the look and feel your breasts had when you were in your 20’s by restoring lost volume. Patients who need a lift can combine fat transfer with a breast lift to provide full, lifted, and youthful breasts.

  • The Best of Two Worlds

    Fat transfer breast augmentation combines two top-ranking cosmetic surgeries to deliver implant-free breast augmentation and body contouring liposuction in a single procedure.

    Liposuction alone will improve your shape and help you feel more comfortable in or out of your clothes. When combined with fat transfer, patients enjoy a thinner waist or slimmer thighs and a fuller bust at the same time. The combined treatment provides the whole body transformation patients love. Fat transfer breast augmentation accentuates the curves you want and eliminates the bulges you don’t.

  • Reduced Scarring

    Unlike breast augmentation with implants which requires incisions to the breast, only tiny scars at the liposuction harvest site remain after fat transfer breast augmentation. This procedure truly makes it possible to have fuller breasts without looking like you’ve had any work done.

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Before & After Photos

Fat Transfer breast augmentation implant exchange results. Patient aged 45-54 exchanged implants with fat transfer to augment her breast and provide volume and shape. Patient also underwent a tummy tuck procedure at the same time. 200cc implant to 375cc fat.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 25-34. Patient received four fat transfers with local anesthesia to augment tuberous breast resulting in significant improvement. Fat transfer provides excellent augmentation results in tuberous breast.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 18-24. Patient received three fat transfers with local anesthesia over a six month period to correct breast asymmetry and augment both breasts without implants.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 35-44. Single fat transfer procedure to replace existing 300cc breast implants with capsular contracture. Patient recieved 500cc fat to each breast.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 44-55. Two fat transfer sessions with abdominal harvest. Total fat transfer 500cc each side.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 45-54. Patient received two fat transfers to replace saline breast implants. 350 cc implants replaced with a total of 420cc fat transfer.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 34-45. Abdominal liposuction with single fat transfer procedure to replace existing 475 cc breast implants. Patient received 600 cc of fat transfer to each breast.

Patient aged 45-54 exchanged implants for fat transfer to augment her breast and provide volume and shape. Patient also underwent tummy tuck procedure at the same time as her breast fat transfer. Single fat transfer procedure to replace 390cc implants. Patient recieved 400cc of fat to each breast.

Implant Replacement with Fat Transfer to the Breast. Patient age 35-45 with implant rupture. Patient opted for fat transfer to the breast to replace 15 year old implants. Photos taken 6 weeks post procedure. 375cc implants replaced with 450cc fat transfer to each breast.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation patient age 45-54. Single fat transfer procedure to replace existing 350cc saline breast implants. Patient received 700 cc fat transfer to right breast and 640 cc of fat to left breast and went from a 34DD with implants to a 34DDD with fat transfer augmentation.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Options

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a specialized type of liposculpture where fat is harvested from one or more areas of the body and then transferred to the breast with special cannulas. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 3-5 hours depending on fat transfer volume and patient preference on liposuction areas.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sarah Mess combines technical expertise and an artistic approach to provide patients with a number of fat transfer breast augmentation options that yield consistently amazing results.

Fat Transfer For Primary Breast Augmentation and Asymmetry Correction

  • Provides natural looking and feeling breast enhancement without implants. Patients may require multiple sessions to achieve their goals.
  • Breast asymmetry and tuberous breasts are difficult to correct with implants alone. Fat transfer provides excellent correction for breast asymmetry and tuberous breast and can be used alone or in conjunction with implants.
  • Enjoy the benefits of liposuction in areas such as abdomen, flanks, or thighs while enhancing the size and appearance of your breast. Achieve a more shapely figure and proportionate style.

Breast Implant Revision with Fat

  • Breast implants do not last forever. Most women will have at least one revision surgery to remove or replace their breast implants.
  • Fat transfer is the ideal implant replacement. It provides natural, long term augmentation without silicone or saline implants.
  • Breast implant revision patients can maintain or even increase their augmented breast size with fat transfer.
  • Mega-volume fat transfer to the breast combines natural breast augmentation and significant body contouring for an unmatched body makeover.

Fat Transer Breast Augmentation With Lift

  • Achieve fuller and more lifted breasts by combining fat transfer with a breast lift procedure.
  • Frequently performed as part of a mommy makeover for comprehensive body contouring.

Recovery After Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer recovery times will vary depending on the harvest sites and the patient’s individual anatomy, but the following general timeline gives you an idea of what to expect after fat transfer to the breast.

  • Immediately After

    After surgery, the breasts will be bandaged, and a compression garment will be applied to support the new breasts and liposuction harvest sites as they heal. Some discomfort may be present, but this will be alleviated with prescription medication.

  • 1 Week

    Most patients are able to return to work and light activities after the first week. Breasts will still be swollen, but most of the soreness will have subsided. Liposuction areas will still show bruising and may continue to be sore into the second or third week.

  • 3 Weeks

    Patients can resume light exercise.

  • 6 Weeks

    The majority of swelling resolves. Patients can generally resume exercise without restrictions.

  • 16 Weeks

    Final breast size will be evident and the most if not all swelling and numbness from liposuction harvest resolved.

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How Much Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost?

We believe it is important to practice transparency in every way with our plastic surgery patients, and this includes being candid about procedures and the costs associated with them.

Fat transfer breast augmentation procedures generally take between 3-5 hours. Patients may elect to harvest fat from a single area of their body or from multiple sites, and they can also choose to undergo liposuction beyond what is required for fat transfer. The extent of liposuction will impact both operative time and the cost of treatment.

While final costs can only be arrived at after a consultation with Dr. Mess, we are happy to provide the following basic price range for fat transfer to the breast:

  • All appointments before and after your procedure
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating room fees and supply charges
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Post-surgical garments

Price Range for fat transfer to breast- $9000- $12000

(Your costs may fall outside of this range. Breast implant removal, multi-site liposcution or large volume liposuction above the lipoharvest requirement may result in higher fees.)

Your Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Consultation

Fat transfer breast augmentation with Dr. Sarah Mess can slim your trouble areas while simultaneously increasing your bust size. During your consultation with Dr. Mess, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and preferences in a supportive environment, and she will candidly help you weigh all of your options. 

Using VECTRA® 3D Imaging, Dr. Mess will transfer photos of your body to our computer system, which will produce a three-dimensional model of the expected outcome of your cosmetic surgery procedure. This will give you a good idea of the results you can expect after your fat transfer breast augmentation, empowering you to make a fully-informed decision about your treatment plan.

To learn more about how you can enhance your figure with fat transfer breast augmentation, we invite you to contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mess. Conveniently located in Columbia, Maryland, our practice is easily accessible from Washington, D.C. as well as Baltimore.


1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation. Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/fat-transfer-breast-augmentation. Accessed April 22, 2020.

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