Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer has revolutionized the field of breast augmentation. From the beginning of cosmetic breast surgery, doctors have relied on saline and silicone implants to provide safe, customizable, and beautiful results. After years of research and clinical testing, today, Dr. Parkins’ patients can choose to increase their breast size with their own fat tissue. 

Though variations of this technique have been in use since 1995, results varied widely depending on the technique, surgeon’s skill, and other anatomical factors. Today, board-certified plastic surgeons can provide a gorgeous look that feels completely natural (because it is) and patients love. Even though fat transfer (also known as lipoaugmentation) has taken on a meteoric rise, in comparison to traditional breast augmentation techniques, it’s still relatively uncommon.

The concept behind the procedure is beautifully simple. Dr. Parkins takes fat tissue from a trouble area such as the thighs, back, abdomen, or love handles and then injects these cells into the breast. This process is also known as autologous fat grafting and can increase breast volume up to one cup size. Our patients particularly love fat transfer breast augmentation because they not only get to see fuller, more shapely breasts; in the same operation, they receive liposuction sculpting for a more harmonious body contour.

Read on to learn more about fat transfer breast augmentation, and if you have any questions about this procedure or any other breast augmentation options in the Milwaukee and Madison area, please feel free to give our office a call today at (262) 269-1050.

Your Consultation

The first step in your breast augmentation process is to schedule a one-on-one, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Parkins and her team. During this initial meeting, we’ll help you understand the full range of options available and make sure you’re choosing the best procedure to suit your goals. Dr. Parkins and her team will collect your medical history, listen to all of your goals and personal preferences, and complete a thorough physical examination. 

Once we’ve established a clear idea of your situation and what you want moving forward, Dr. Parkins will provide her expert opinion and work with you to build a personalized treatment plan. Breast enhancement is not a one-size-fits-all process, and Dr. Parkins approaches each surgery as a one-of-a-kind procedure to help you feel like your very best self. 

We strongly recommend coming to this meeting with some pictures of breasts you like (a quick Google image search works perfectly) to give us some insight into your aesthetic. Finally, we’ll take some pictures to help plan the process, and you’ll be on your way. Dr. Parkins will map out her blueprint for the surgery and make sure you clearly understand what will happen throughout your procedure and recovery process. 

It’s natural to feel a little nervous. However, our entire team is made up of women, and we are here to offer our expertise and help you feel calm, well cared for, and comfortable.


Dr. Maida Parkins

Dr. Parkins is committed to providing a unique plastic surgery experience, where patients become friends and feel comfortable expressing their concerns. Dr. Parkins is compassionate and caring in her approach to patient service; she offers a female perspective to help make sure patients feel listened to under her care. Together, she and her staff offer a welcoming environment for patients beginning their aesthetic journey.

When you visit our Lake Country plastic surgery office, you are treated to individualized attention and treatment planning. This ensures you love your results and can enjoy all the benefits of truly customized plastic surgery. Dr. Parkins and her team take great pride in transforming patients’ confidence and wellbeing through aesthetic medicine.

The Day of Surgery

During the ten days leading up to your fat transfer surgery, Dr. Parkins asks all patients to avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, which can induce blood-thinning. If you have any questions about a particular medication, please don’t hesitate to call us and ask.

The morning of surgery, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and be sure you have a friend or loved one at the ready to drive you home post-op. Dr. Parkins will go into everything you need to know about these logistical details during your consultation. 

During your surgical visit, Dr. Parkins will perform two sequential procedures. First, she will carefully remove fat from a targeted area of the body. This fat is then purified and precisely injected into the breasts to create a uniform volume increase. 

To help ensure the maximum survival of fat tissue, we take several precautions, including avoiding any trauma at the removal site, meticulous refinement of the harvested fat, and injections in small aliquots of fat rather than in large portions. Usually, the procedure requires one to two hours to perform.

Results and Recovery

Once your procedure is complete, the initial recovery period of rest takes about three days. After that, any remaining swelling or soreness will dissipate over the next few weeks. 

Complete recovery takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months. Dr. Parkins will observe your condition carefully throughout this process and will advise you on when you can safely resume your regular activities. After approximately three to six months, you’ll see full results.


  • Fat transfer augmentation doesn’t require any foreign bodies, only your own tissue. 
  • Liposuction can provide additional sculpting in targeted areas, providing a holistic transformation.
  • Parkins can intricately shape and sculpt your breasts.
  • Minimal incisions mean far less scarring than traditional methods.

Because of the intricate and sequential nature of the procedure, fat transfer breast augmentation takes more time than placing implants (generally 1-2 hours). This time allows Dr. Parkins to safely harvest fat cells, prepare them for re-injection, and then slowly and carefully re-inject the tissue to create a gorgeous final look.

Our patients compare any discomfort from fat transfer to the sensation after liposuction. Any symptoms tend to last about five to seven days, but Dr. Parkins will make sure you are prepared and equipped to handle this discomfort with a combination of over the counter pain medication and prescription pain medication, if needed.

  • calcification/lumps, which can occur after any breast procedure, and should be monitored with regular mammograms and physical exams
  • asymmetry of the breasts/donor site
  • infection
  • cyst development
  • fat necrosis

Some good news, as this technique doesn’t require any open incisions, there is far less risk of damaging nerves, ducts, and blood vessels at risk during other surgeries.

Fat transfer is incredibly versatile. In general, ideal candidates are healthy women with a normal mammography history, who have adequate body fat for re-injection and breast volume increase. Whether you are looking for reconstruction options after implant removal or considering augmentation for the first time, this procedure could be right for you.

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Fat transfer breast augmentation can provide incredibly natural looking and feeling breast enhancement for a variety of women. Though this procedure is still a bit outside of the mainstream when it comes to breast augmentation, patients and doctors alike are choosing fat transfer more and more each year.

Safe, natural, and FDA-approved–fat transfer breast augmentation could be right for you. If you’re curious to learn more about this or any of our other plastic surgery procedures in the Milwaukee and Madison area, please call our office at (262) 269-1050 or contact us online to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Parkins.


(262) 269-1050

Parkins Plastic Surgery
685 Valley Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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