Fat Injection Breast Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in fat injection breast augmentation. I’m 27 years old and have three children. I’m a 34/36 A cup, barely. I have an abdominal ‘pooch’ that I don’t think will ever go away. Breast augmentation is something I’ve been researching for over a year now. It’s something I want to do because it’ll make me feel better about myself and gain my confidence back. I would like more information about the fat injections as I’ve been concerned about implants and can’t decide between silicon or saline and I really don’t want to have to get “redone” years from now. Any information is appreciated.

A: Fat injection breast augmentation is only successful in a very few selective women. First and foremost one has to have an adequate amount of fat to harvest…and it takes a lot more than most women think. Your abdominal ‘pooch’ alone is not going to be remotely enough to do the procedure. With fat graft survival at way less than 50% of whatever is injected, even in women that have better fat harvest volumes, the best breast augmentation result can hope for may be a 1/2 cup size increase.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana