Breast Implants vs Breast Fat Graft: Pros & Cons

Breast Implants vs Breast Fat Graft: Pros & Cons

More and more women are opting to get a breast augmentation. Consequently, breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures worldwide. However, there are some women who are not open to the idea of getting breast augmentation with a foreign implant. Breast fat transfer is a great solution where a doctor utilizes a patient’s own fat to enhance their breast. Which is better for you? This post will discuss the pros and cons of breast implants vs breast fat graft.

Breast Implants vs Breast Fat Graft: Pros & Cons


Breast Implants vs Breast Fat Graft: A Summary

Fat transfer breast augmentation aka breast fat graft is gaining popularity worldwide because it’s a good choice for women who don’t want a huge increase in the size of their breasts. Namely, women who just want a mild to moderate increase in their breast size prefer this method as it is more natural and there is no foreign implant involved. However,  in order to have a substantial increase in size, a doctor should utilize implants for breast augmentation. 

Before deciding which procedure you will do, it’s important to know what the pros and cons are for both procedures.  By utilizing this information, you can make an informed decision.

Pros & Cons of Breast Fat Graft


There are many advantages of getting breast fat graft.  The pros are:

  • Safety – A doctor utilizes fatty tissue in your body which is then transferred to the breast.  This is completely safe as the risk of allergic reactions occurring is non-existent. Furthermore, since a doctor utilizes your fatty tissue in your breasts, your breast will look and feel very soft and natural.
  • Body Shaping -Since a doctor takes fat from one part of the body, it can result in body contouring.
  • Scarless – Unlike breast augmentation, no scars occur with breast fat graft.


Although there are many advantages to getting a breast transfer augmentation, there are also some cons:

  • Calcification – Calcification in the breasts can occur when a fat transfer does not take well. If fat cells die, there is an appearance of necrosis which can look like calcification.
  • Limited augmentation – If a patient wants a big difference in the size of their breasts, just one fat transfer is not enough.
  • Quantity -A lot of fat is required for breast transfer, typically 200-300 cc per breast.
  • Cost -Fat transfer costs more than a traditional breast augmentation. Since the fat transfer is essentially two procedures (liposuction and transfer), it is more expensive. This can be very prohibitive for some people
  • Lumps/Indentations – An experienced surgeon must do the fat transfer procedure, otherwise, there is the risk of lumps and indentations forming in the breasts.
  • Reabsorption Fat can be reabsorbed into the body.  By utilizing an experienced plastic surgeon who is familiar with fat harvesting, the survivability of fat is higher.

Pros & Cons of  Breast Augmentation


  • Flexibility – Implants are very flexible with regards to size. A doctor can radically change the size of the breasts by using implants. 
  • Cost Implants are usually cheaper than fat transfer.  As a result, this can be a more attractive option for some.
  • Variety There are a wide variety of breast implants which gives a patient more choices.  Current silicone implants are very safe and more natural. Choices are cohesive gel, silicone and saline implants.
  • Replaceable If there is a problem with the breast augmentation procedure, it is easy to replace them.
  • Removable – A doctor can easily remove implants where it is more difficult to remove fat. 


  • Scarring – Visible scarring will occur when a doctor performs breast augmentation utilizing breast implants.
  • Complications – Various complications may occur such as rippling, rupture, leaking etc.
  • MedicationA patient must take medication for 3 months to prevent capsular contraction, which is scar tissue that thickens around an implant. 
  • Longevity– Implants are only good for approximately 15 years because there is a chance of rupturing or leaking.

To find out more about your choices with breast implants vs breast fat graft, contact us


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