Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could rearrange the fat on your body?
Having some fat, after all, isn’t inherently negative. At the same time, most of us would agree that fat in certain areas is superior to fat in other areas.
Fat on the abdomen, for example, is generally less desirable than well-placed fat on the hips, buttocks … or breasts.
It’s this last area that many women are particularly interested in improving.
What if it were possible to take fat from the abdomen (or another “problem” area) and transfer it to the breasts?
Well, in simple terms, this is what a breast fat transfer procedure is. And it’s been one of the most impressive new trends in cosmetic surgery for the past few years.
Take a look here to see the type of results you can expect from a breast fat transfer.
What Does a Breast Fat Transfer Cost?
Most breast fat transfer cost ranges go from around $6,000 to $10,000. However, this is only an estimate and may change based on the specific goals of the patient and other factors.
Is a Fat Transfer Cheaper Than Implants?
According to most breast fat transfer reviews, breast fat transfers are actually more expensive than breast augmentations with implants.
Many patients are surprised by this as breast augmentation with implants requires the purchase of implants, which can be pricey. However, the breast fat transfer procedure is actually two procedures in one. First, your plastic surgeon will perform liposuction on the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, or elsewhere. This procedure will essentially harvest the unwanted fat.
The fat that is suctioned out will then be processed outside the body using a specific technique. And finally, the second procedure will take place, which is the actual reinjection of the harvested fat into the breasts.
Could You Benefit From Liposuction?
One thing to keep in mind if you are trying to decide between breast augmentation with implants and a breast fat transfer is whether or not you might benefit from liposuction.
If you only want to improve the appearance of your breasts and you are happy with the rest of your body, then an augmentation with implants may be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you could benefit from liposuction (on your abdomen or elsewhere), the fat transfer procedure may be ideal. Even though you’ll be paying for the cost of two procedures, you’ll also be getting results from two procedures.
Factors Influencing the Cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Let’s take a look at a few of the biggest factors influencing your breast fat transfer cost.
1. Geographical location of the surgery
Plastic surgery costs vary depending on your geographical location. In bigger cities, like San Francisco, you may run into higher prices.
2. Surgeon experience
The best plastic surgeons in the country are in high demand, and because anything in high demand is going to cost more, this means a higher price tag.
If your surgeon is especially well trained and has notable experience and credentials, the cost of hiring them will be higher. But don’t forget that hiring them will also mean superior results and a better overall experience.
3. Amount of size increase
If you’re looking to go up several cup sizes, you’ll first of all need to consider that the fat transfer process can only do so much to increase the size of your breasts.
So, how many cup sizes can you go up with fat transfer? Usually around one cup size.
Therefore, if you’re an A-cup now, you can go up to a B-cup with a fat transfer. Naturally, if you want to maximize the size of your breasts with this procedure, that will mean more extensive liposuction and a bigger challenge for your surgeon as they reinject the fat into your breasts. As a result, the cost of a more significant size increase may be higher than it would be for a modest size increase.
4. Type of anesthetic used
General anesthesia is typically used for breast fat transfer procedures, so this will usually mean that the overall cost of surgery will be higher (general anesthesia costs more than local anesthesia).
In addition, your surgeon will order an anesthesiologist and their team to be in the surgery room during your procedure. Anesthesiologists charge their own fees for their services and equipment.
5. Operating facility costs
Your surgeon will decide where you’ll have surgery. Most plastic surgeons are associated with local hospitals while some have accredited operating rooms right in their own offices.
Regardless of the unique location, you will always be responsible for paying for the use of these facilities. Hospitals and professional surgical facilities, for example, will charge for the use of their space, equipment, materials, and staff. Also, the longer you are in the operating room and recovery room, the more expensive your breast fat transfer cost will be.
Schedule a Breast Fat Transfer Consultation
If you’ve been considering breast fat transfer augmentation, you probably have lots of questions:
- How much does a fat transfer cost?
- How long does fat transfer to breast last?
- What are the risks of fat transfer to breast?
- What will a breast fat transfer after 5 years look like?
If these and other questions have been on your mind, it’s time to book a consultation appointment.
Dr. David Sieber can help you figure out if a breast fat transfer augmentation is right for you and will answer your questions and explain the costs involved as well.