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How to Plan for Breast Fat Transfer Recovery

Women who would like to modestly enhance the size of their breasts but are generally happy with their overall shape may be ideal patients for breast fat transfer augmentation.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for breast fat transfer augmentation.

In this article, we’ll delve into what you can expect during the breast fat transfer recovery period — and specifically, how you can plan ahead to make your recovery as fast and comfortable as possible. Learn about breast fat transfer cost here

What to Expect During Breast Fat Transfer Recovery

Breast fat transfer recovery typically lasts around three to five weeks, after which time all major swelling will be significantly reduced. At this time, patients should be able to see the majority of their results. Patients can usually return to work and light activity about three to five days after their procedure, but swelling and other light side effects may still be present. 

During the initial period of recovery from a breast fat transfer, it’s important to avoid lifting heavy objects (anything over 10 pounds) or performing any type of vigorous activity (sports, running, cycling, etc.). Patients should, however, get up and walk around for brief, frequent periods throughout the day. They should also eat a healthy diet and get plenty of hydration and sleep.

A special compression garment must be worn for approximately two weeks after surgery. After this, for the next 10 weeks, compression clothing must be worn. Dr. Sieber will provide you with a comprehensive list of the garments you’ll need to wear.

Plan Ahead for the Best Outcome

The best way to have a successful outcome after breast fat transfer surgery is to plan ahead. As soon as you have met with Dr. Sieber for your consultation appointment and been cleared for surgery, you’ll book your procedure date. 

Once you know this date, you can start planning around it. For example, you can ask for time off at your job, and arrange for someone you trust to take you home after the procedure is finished.

In regards to home preparations, make sure you have healthy snacks and pre-made meals on-hand. Freezer meals such as soups, stews, casseroles, and other quick dishes can be very useful when your mobility is limited during the recovery period. Sometimes, patients may even prearrange to pick up their prescription medications before their surgery so that they don’t have to rush to do this right after their procedure.

Follow Dr. Sieber’s Aftercare Instructions

Breast Fat Transfer RecoveryThe best way to have a successful recovery from any cosmetic surgery is to make sure you are abiding by your aftercare instructions. Dr. Sieber will give you a packet with information that details how to care for yourself during your recovery. This will include things like how to sleep, how to care for your incision sites, what compression garments to wear and for how long, what you should be eating, what activities and/or positions or movements you should avoid, etc.

The patients who follow these instructions closely are the most successful after surgery. This means that they have the fewest complications and the best results. 

Unfortunately, some patients rush things after cosmetic surgery. For example, they may try to return to exercise too quickly or push themselves in other ways. These patients are putting their health at risk. In addition, they may be prolonging their recovery times and compromising their results. 

Strain and tension (too much reaching, stretching, and exertion, for example) can cause incisions to heal poorly. Thick, raised, darkened scars may result instead of smooth, flat, light-colored scars that are hardly noticeable. It is of the utmost importance that you follow your post-operative instructions after breast fat transfer augmentation.

Get Help at Home

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help after surgery. You will, of course, need someone there at the surgical facility directly after your procedure to take you home. You won’t be able to drive yourself.

But this won’t be the only time you’ll need assistance. Most patients will benefit from having someone reliable who can stay with them or come to their home frequently after surgery to assist with other daily activities. 

For example, you may need help caring for children — especially if you have little ones at home. You may need help with cooking and cleaning also. It can be beneficial to have someone who can run out and get groceries and pick up prescriptions as well.

As is the case whenever you need help from friends, family, or hired assistance, it’s important to arrange things as soon as possible. Planning ahead in this way will ensure that you aren’t rushing to take care of these tasks right before your surgery or trying to get help when you are in those challenging first days of recovery.

FAQs: Breast Fat Transfer Recovery

Fat transfer to breast recovery?

After the fat transfer procedure, your breasts will feel tender, swollen, and somewhat uncomfortable. You may feel some numbness or hypersensitivity as well. Your breasts may be slightly sore. You may also have some discomfort where you had liposuction (where the fat was harvested for the transfer procedure).

How long are breasts sore after fat transfer?

You may experience some soreness after a fat transfer procedure, but this usually only lasts for a few days, then diminishes relatively quickly after that.

Should I massage my breast after fat transfer?

No. Avoid massage after a breast fat transfer augmentation. You need to give the fat time to adhere in its new location. Pressure and agitation may discourage the adherence process.

What should you not do after during breast fat transfer?

Do not lift anything over 10 lbs. or take part in any type of vigorous physical activity. Wait to submerge your incisions in water (take a shower or bath) until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead.

What to eat after fat transfer to breast?

After any surgery, it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet of lean meat, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats.

What should you expect from a breast fat transfer after 5 years?

Every patient is different. Most patients will still have great results after five years as long as they maintain their weight and stay healthy. You can also check breast fat transfer reviews and before and after photos to see what it will be like to have a breast fat transfer 1 year later, 5 years later, and beyond.

Book a Consultation to Learn about Breast fat Transfer Recovery

Dr. David Sieber is one of the few double board-certified plastic surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area. His training and expertise make him the ideal choice for your breast fat transfer augmentation. 

If you’ve been considering breast augmentation and you think a fat transfer may work for you, contact our office today to book a consultation with Dr. Sieber. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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