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Fat transfer for breast augmentation - how it works, and what it costs

If you are seeking to subtly boost the volume of your breasts, naturally and safely, then fat transfer breast augmentation may be for you.

An alternative to a regular breast augmentation procedure using implants, it can help with lost volume from ageing or concerns over size.

But how does it work, and how much does it cost?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    1 procedure

  • Duration of results


  • Back to work

    1 to 2 weeks

  • Full recovery time

    4 to 6 weeks

  • Price range

    10,200 SAR to 40,800 SAR

  • Treatment duration

    1 to 3 hours

  • Comfort

    General anaesthetic

  • Treatment type


What is fat transfer breast augmentation?

The procedure for breast augmentation using fat transfer includes the removal of fat from elsewhere on the body, usually the thighs, lower belly, or flank. After this, the fat is injected into the breasts to give them a natural filling and to change their shape or size.

Because existing fat is taken from other areas of the body, it works as a safe material to use for breast enhancement or enlargement.

How does it work?

The science behind it

Fat transfer for breast augmentation is a fat grafting procedure. Using the right technique, fat cells act similarly to dermal filler. They have regenerative properties that benefit the overall health of the skin thanks to the stem cells within the fat.

Before it is re-injected into the body, surgeons purify the fat (removed via liposuction) through methods such as centrifugation. This separates the fat cell’s components, removing bodily liquids from the tissue.

Before the treatment

A consultation should allay any concerns you have, confirm which breast augmentation method best suits your needs, and agree on costs and a date for the procedure.

During the treatment

  • Your body is marked where fat will be removed and where it will be injected into the breast.
  • Local or general anaesthesia will be used depending on the size of removal and injection areas.
  • Fat is removed through a syringe attached to a cannula.
  • The fat cells will be cleansed before they are injected into the desired area.


Generally, patients will be discharged on the same day of the procedure, however, the downtime required for recovery can vary.

You will need to wear a compression garment to support the breasts and avoid significant exercise, while the grafted fat is developing a new blood supply. This should take about three weeks.

There will be some swelling and bruising. Your breasts should settle into their final shape in six months.

You will be invited to a follow-up appointment to remove stitches after 10 and 14 days. Given the nature of this procedure, there will be minimal stitches and scarring.

Fat transfer breast augmentation cost – and how it compares to implants

How much does breast augmentation with fat transfer cost?

Depending on the size of the area being treated, a fat transfer breast augmentation can cost between SR10,200 and SR40,800 in Saudi Arabia. Your surgeon can offer a more accurate treatment cost during your consultation.

How does it compare to using implants?

The advantage of having a fat transfer breast augmentation over inserting implants is that fat cells will give a more natural result and there’s less risk of a reaction.

Additionally, fat cells that survive the transfer into the breasts will last forever, while some implants should be removed or replaced every 10 to 20 years. Overall, breast augmentation with fat transfer costs less both initially and over time.

How can I find fat transfer breast augmentation near me?

You can find a local surgeon with selfologi. Find one here.


Fat transfer augmentation gives a subtle boost, so if the aim is to make the breast area substantially larger, then implants may be a better alternative. There are also surgeries for lifting the breasts or reducing their size.

Treatment facts

  • Fat transfer breast augmentation was first attempted in the 1920s, but injected fat was reabsorbed into the body due to less knowledge.
  • Liposuction treatments were first introduced in 1975 by Arpad and Giorgio Fischer. It was later paired with fat transfer for breast augmentation by Melvin Bircoll in 1987.
  • The first breast augmentation procedure was trialled in the 1890s and involved injecting paraffin into the breasts. This method was later replaced with safer treatments like fat transfer breast augmentation.


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