Fat Transfer Mastopexy

It’s normal to want to rejuvenate your breasts but, for different reasons, implants are not your best option. Significant life events like pregnancy or weight loss can leave you with stretched, sagging breasts that don’t quite produce the breast profile or cleavage you want. Although breast implant surgery is the number one cosmetic surgery each year, some women can benefit more from natural augmentation with fat transfer combined with a rejuvenating breast lift procedure. This comes with the significant advantage of body contouring with liposuction to improve the shape and size of fatty areas of your body.


What is Breast Lift with Fat Transfer?

This option is a combination procedure that can subtly augment the breasts using your own fat tissue while also lifting the breasts into a more youthful and upright position. The benefits of this type of procedure include using your own natural fat (collected through liposuction on a fatty area) to enhance the breasts rather than implants and the risks that come with them. Additionally, this means you can achieve some contouring on your chosen donor area. The result is a rejuvenated breast profile with reduced sagging and flatness.

Breast Lift with Fat Transfer Candidates

Women who can benefit most from this procedure include those who experienced negative changes in their breasts from factors like pregnancy, weight loss, or the process of aging. It’s important that you have enough fat on an area of your body that can be collected through liposuction, and Dr. Diktaban can give you the best idea of what to expect. Additionally, it’s important that you be healthy enough for a surgical procedure. To get the best results, you should have no further plans for having children, since pregnancy can negatively affect your results.

What Happens During Breast Lift with Fat Transfer?

A breast lift with fat transfer can be performed at our in-house, certified surgical facility with cocktail or general anesthesia. This combination procedure begins with liposuction on a predetermined area that has enough fatty tissue. This requires a small incision through which a cannula and surgical vacuum can be inserted. With a gentle technique, the fatty tissue is broken up and extracted. Then, the fat is prepared for injection. Once the breast lift procedure is performed, the fat can be carefully injected into each breast to create your new profile and shape. Once complete, you can return home.

Results and Recovery

Your recovery from a breast lift with fat transfer will be similar to a recovery from any other plastic surgery procedure, so count on taking at least a week away from work and responsibilities. During this time, you should count on resting and avoiding heavy activities. You’ll be fitted with a special surgical bra which you should wear according to instructions. You may also wear a compression garment at your donor site to help reduce swelling. You can expect some discomfort which can be managed with prescribed medications. Your swelling will totally subside over the course of a few months, but the result is rejuvenated, youthful breasts.


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Cocktail Anesthesia

Cocktail anesthesia is Dr. Diktaban’s preferred tool for ensuring your procedure is relaxing and low-risk. Dr. Diktaban has used cocktail anesthesia for surgical procedures for over 10 years with resounding success. Patients are safe and comfortable during the entire procedure. It is predictable and consistent for men and women of all ages. There are no IVs or any tubes down your nose or throat. Patients describe the experience as “floating comfortably”. Patients are even allowed and instructed to have a light breakfast before coming to the office for their procedure. The cocktail anesthesia entails the ingestion of a few pills followed by two medicine injections into the arm. One big advantage with cocktail anesthesia is that during body contouring procedures, the patients are able to turn their body into different positions that enables Dr. Diktaban to sculpt their bodies in an enhanced manner. The following list of procedures can be performed under cocktail anesthesia: browlifts, facelifts, eyelid lifts, necklifts, liposuction, BBLs (buttock enlargement), fat transfer to the breasts, breast lifts, FaceTite, AccuTite, and BodyTite.  Learn more about how cocktail anesthesia can transform your surgical experience during your consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

A breast lift with fat transfer can be an excellent way to boost your confidence without implants. To get started and learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Diktaban by calling our Manhattan office or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can be used for fat transfer?

Virtually any area of the body that has enough fatty tissue can be used for this procedure. Some common areas, however, are the stomach, thighs, hips, or arms. With liposuction, you’ll benefit from improved body contouring in your chosen area.

What incisions are used during a breast lift?

There are a few different incisions available for a breast lift procedure. This includes the donut incision, the lollipop pattern, or the anchor pattern. Dr. Diktaban can recommend the right option for you based on your preferences and chances of scarring.

Can I get pregnant and breastfeed after a breast lift with fat transfer?

This procedure will not affect your ability to get pregnant, but future pregnancies can negatively affect your results. If you would like to breastfeed in the future, you should be sure to communicate your preferences to Dr. Diktaban who can recommend the appropriate incisions.

How long will the fat last?

Fat transfer is like planting seeds. Not all of the seeds will germinate just like not all of the fat will survive. Various studies state that approximately 50-67 % of the fat will survive. Once it survives then it will last like the other fat cells in your body.

Where are the fat cells placed in relation to my breast?

The fat cells are NOT directly placed into the breast tissue. The fat cells are placed beneath the breast tissue and between the skin and the breast tissue..

What kind of scars can I expect from the breast lift part of the surgery?

In order to lift the breast tissue and nipple, you will have skin scars where the skin was removed to shape the breast. The scars come in three patterns: a circle around the areolar/nipple complex, the same circular scar with an extension down the middle of the lower half of the breast and lastly, the circular scar with the extension down the middle of the lower half of the breast and a scar in the lower fold of the breast ( anchor or inverted T pattern).

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.