Procedures

Fat Grafting to the Breasts

Fat grafting to the breasts (or Autologous Fat Transfer) is a procedure whereby breast volume is increased by the transfer of fat tissue from other sites of the body to the breasts.

Australia's Fat Transfer Experts

This is a highly specialised process which, when performed expertly, results in breasts which are not only larger and better shaped but also natural in every way. This procedure was introduced to Australia by Dr Allan Kalus, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, in 2013.  The procedure has been continuously modified and refined such that it is now an excellent and reliable alternative to breast augmentation using silicone implants.

Who Is Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer Right For?

Our experience has shown that this procedure is ideal for women seeking a 1-2 cup size increase in breast volume.

  • It is ideal for women who have had children and who would like to restore their breasts to their former size and appearance. 
  • It is ideal for women who appreciate a natural breast shape rather than the often artificial look provided by silicone implants. 
  • It is ideal for women who have always had reservations about the wisdom of placing large silicone implants into their breasts. 
  • It is ideal for women who would like to get rid of some excess fat on their abdomen, hips and thighs as, rather than discarding the fat, it can be transferred into their breasts.

Breast augmentation by Autologous Fat Transfer is not suitable for all women. If you want a more substantial increase in breast volume, then breast implants may be your preferred option. Some women prefer a more “stylised” look to their breasts. 

In other words they want what is known as “upper pole fullness” – to look as if they are wearing a bra even when they are not wearing a bra.  In this situation the best way to achieve this result is with a breast implant.  For information on the safest way to achieve breast augmentation using implants click here.

What Are the Advantages of Fat Transfer?

As we have gained experience with Autologous Fat Transfer to the breasts, we have come to realise that for most women, even a small volume of fat transferred to the breasts will produce a far more aesthetic look than a large implant. This is because the fat can be selectively grafted into areas of need, such as the cleavage or the upper pole so that the volume increase is applied to the area where it is most needed.

Autologous Fat Transfer to the breasts was developed because of the many problems associated with silicone breast implants. Although breast implants seem to provide a “quick fix”, they are beset with numerous problems. Did you know that many surgeons report that 25% of their patients need a second operation in the first 2 years? This can be because of implant malposition where implants do not sit in the right position, it can be because the patient has developed hardening due to capsular contracture or because the patient is not happy with the size of her implants.

Other problems such as rippling, implant palpability, implant leakage, implant deflation and even the development of ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma which is a cancer of the tissues surrounding the implant) can prompt another operation. Is it any wonder then that the Chief Medical Officer has advised that “all silicone gel breast implants are considered high risk medical devices”.

Fat Transfer vs. Silicone

As our own Dr Allan Kalus says, "Having now performed Autologous Fat Transfer to the breasts for over 5 years and having performed over 5000 breast augmentation procedures using implants, I can state unequivocally that, wherever possible, breast augmentation using your own fat is to be preferred over the use of silicone implants."

*All surgical procedures carry risk and you should discuss these risks with your surgeon prior to consenting to any operation.

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