Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, I had some questions about cost and procedures for the fat transfer breast augmentation/liposuction. I am 28 year-old Caucasian weighing around 130 lbs and have been doing exercise over the last couple months to reduce my body fat percentage however there are some problem areas that while they decrease I can’t seem to get the results that I want in particular stomach/thighs/triceps areas. Also unfortunately with my overall weight loss I am noticing I am losing volume in my breasts, not a significant amount, but enough to where I am considering the fat transfer from unwanted areas to my chest.

A:Thank you for your inquiry. Fat transfer breast augmentation, while understandably very appealing, is for only a few very well selected patients. First and foremost, one has to have enough fat to be able to do the procedure to make it worthwhile. Being only 130 lbs this already make you a bit suspect in that regard. Then there is the issue of your athleticism and focus on weight loss which bodes very poorly for fat survival and retention. That is why in young athletic fairly lean women fat grafting is often not a viable option. Breast implants offer a more assured outcome and do not prohibit one from any type of physical activity.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana