Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 20 year old female. I used to weight 105 lbs and gained a lot of weight after going on the Depo shot. I currently weight 145 lbs. My height is 5’0 so I believe it is a lot of fat for my size. I have fat on my arms and back and a lot on my belly area, also my legs are very thick. I would like to know an estimate on having the fat removed from those areas and having it place on my butt and breast. I am a B cup and would like a little more in that area but don’t want to go for implants at all. Maybe around a 36C. I have a little fat on my butt but I would like it to be round and firm with a little more extra fat. I wear a size 7 going on 8 pants, I can also fit a size 9 already. A lot of my fat is on my thighs. I’ve been interested in having this procedure done for a while but I’m not sure on the price and would like to know how much you would charge for the procedure. I have looked at your reviews online and I was very impressed. So if I do decide to get the procedure I would definitely like to go to you. Can you give me an estimate on the procedure for both breast and butt together and an estimate for butt only? Thank you very much for your time. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you.
A: Thank you for sharing your body description and your goals. With these in mind let me provide with some clarifications.
1) While liposuction can effectively remove fat, it cannot do it equally well everywhere on the body. The thigh is a particularly challenging area because circumferential thigh liposuction can not be done. It can not effectively reduce large thighs. The outer thighs (saddle bags) and the knees can be treated but only some areas of the contours of the thigh can be changed.
2) Transferring fat from liposuction to the buttocks is commonly done and is known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. Provided one has enough fat to harvest, the shape and and firmness of the buttocks can be improved.
3) Fat grafting to the breasts, however, is not so simple for an augmentation effect. While fat can be injected directly into the buttocks without stimulation, it can not be done so in the breasts. The breasts must be pre-treated by an external suction device (Brava) for weeks before the procedure, have the injections, and then have the suction device used for several weeks after. Fat injections into the breasts are a lot like planting seeds to grow. The ‘garden’ must first be prepared and fertilized to receive them. Also it is highly that you would have enough (after processing and concentrating it) to inject both the buttocks and the breasts at the same time. You would have to pick either the breasts or the buttocks for fat injections, you can not do both.
Dr. Barry Eppley