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This procedure involves removing fat from your body using liposuction, and then using this fat to add more volume to your breasts. Without the need for synthetic implants.

Fat grafting to the breasts offers a natural and versatile approach to enhancing breast volume and shape. Your Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard Rahdon will remove excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs and/or love handles through liposuction, and then transfer it to the breasts to augment their size and contour. 

Unlike traditional breast implants, a breast augmentation with fat transfer provides a more subtle and organic enhancement, resulting in a softer and more natural looking outcome. Fat grafting also allows for precise customisation, enabling Dr. Rahdon to  address asymmetry or irregularities in specific areas of the breasts; while also sculpting surrounding areas for a more harmonious overall silhouette. 

With minimal scarring and the potential for long-lasting results, fat grafting to the breasts has become  an increasingly popular option for individuals seeking a modest, yet impactful, breast enhancement – without the need for synthetic implants.


The appearance is going to be different than with breast implants. With implants you get that upper fullness, with fat grafting to the breasts you’ll get a more natural look and lesser augmentation. Realistically, you can expect an increase of one cup size per fat grafting episode. Patients often choose to have three Fat Transfer episodes to achieve their desired outcome.

One of the great advantages of fat grafting to the breasts, is that the scarring is really minimal. The areas where the fat goes into the breast require really tiny incisions, around 1-3 mm (compared to 3-5 cm incisions on the breasts with a traditional implants procedure). These 1-3 mm fat transfer scars become almost invisible over time.  

To do the actual liposuction harvest from other areas of the body, the scars only need to be 3-4 mm; although there are quite a few of them. 


You need to have appropriate breasts and appropriate donor sites for the fat grafting. So the breasts would ideally look good with implants ie. Good skin, an appealing nipple height. Although there is an option to do a Breast Lift in conjunction with a Fat Grafting procedure.

In terms of the fat grafting, ideally there would be a donor site in which the patient would get a benefit from having liposuction. For example, saddle bags or love handles. available and will recommend the most appropriate for you.

The thing with fat grafting is you don’t really know how much fat will survive. If you put in a 300cc breast implant, you will get a 300cc augmentation. If you put in 300cc of fat into the breast, only 150-200cc may survive.

Fat is transferred into the breast and then it needs to find its own blood supply to survive. So because of that there is an attrition rate. On average, two thirds of the fat injected into the breasts survive.

A consultation with Dr Rahdon costs $260. You are able to claim a Medicare rebate of $95.10 for all plastic surgery consultations, as a GP referral is now mandatory for all cosmetic surgery procedures. The consultation for breast augmentation generally takes about one hour. We also offer an initial complimentary consultation with one of our cosmetic nurses– this is great for patients who want to find out more about their options and to have some basic questions answered. A consultation with Dr Rahdon is always required prior to surgery .

It is now mandatory by law to have a doctor’s referral for all cosmetic surgery procedures. This is required prior to booking a consultation. Once you have your GP referral, submit your details below and our team will contact you to answer any questions, and book a time for your consultation with our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Richard Rahdon.

You will be required to complete a registration form for the clinic and your medical history will be reviewed. For those considering cosmetic surgery, Dr Rahdon will spend plenty of time discussing specific concerns as well as your possible surgical  options. Photographs will be taken and you will receive an information pack. In order to get the most from your consultation with Dr Rahdon, it is strongly recommended that you learn a little about the procedure before you meet with him – a prior consultation with one of our cosmetic nurse specialists may be advisable. However for patients already well informed on the surgery this is not required. If you already have a date in mind for your surgery and are keen to proceed, this can be booked during your first consultation.

Similar to implants, this procedure is mostly performed as day surgery. You will need to wear a compression bra for the breast and donor site. Compression is really important for the donor site, because if you don’t wear compression you may end up with surface irregularities. You need to wear the compression for 6 weeks after surgery.

Immediately following a fat grafting episode,  there is a lot more bruising compared to a breast augmentation with implants. This is because the fat needs to be distributed into a deeper layer, and also a superficial area of the skin. After a week or two, most of the swelling and bruising tends to settle but you won’t see the final resulting volume until after 6-12 weeks. 

The donor sites are also quite bruised initially, this should subside in 4-6 weeks. It’s possible to get surface irregularities in the areas of the donor sites, so it’s important to wear compression. Sometimes you can get lumpiness in the breast but this should settle down in time. Massage can be required to iron them out.

As with all surgeries, there are risks such as infection, bleeding or bruising. But the risk of these complications is quite low with fat grafting to breasts. 

The safety of fat grafting to breasts has been questioned in the past. This was centred around two issues, and number one was that breast fat grafting can lead to calcification, which could interfere with the interpretation of mammogram results. It is now known in the medical profession that these calcifications from fat transfer look different to the calcifications of breast cancer.

The other safety concern was that fat grafting could lead to breast cancer, as we know there are stem cells in fat grafts, and stem cells can help tissues improve or cause them to change. But there has been no evidence to link fat grafting to breast cancer causation.


Other risks can be slight asymmetries, depending on the take from one breast to the other, some lumpiness, and some little oil cysts.

Yes. In most cases Dr Rahdon will be happy to perform further procedures at the same time, provided these have been discussed in advance; it may be a good opportunity for excision of moles or skin lesions. It is also quite common for people to have other, more major, procedures such as rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation or abdominoplasy done at the same time as their breast surgery.

We have a large number of patients who travel to Geelong in order to have their surgery performed by Dr Rahdon. You will be reviewed by Dr Rahdon or one of his team the day after your surgery before you are able to return home. Dr Rahdon usually likes to see patients for review appointments at two weeks, six weeks and three months. An alternative follow-up plan may be arranged depending on where you are travelling from. Of course you are welcome to contact us at any time or to make an extra appointment if you have any concerns.

  1. Dr Rahdon is a highly skilled, fully qualified Plastic Surgeon who specialises in and performs many breast augmentation surgeries per year.
  2. We are able to offer you the best facilities – St John of God Day Surgery Centre in Geelong has been awarded one of the best surgery centres in Australia and Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic is an award winning facility.
  3. We are able to offer you the best post-operative care with with on-call nursing follow up and regular reviews with Dr Rahdon to ensure you are 100% happy with your beautiful new breasts. 
  4. Complimentary laser scar revision at the Body Recon Cosmetic Clinic.
  5. Dr Rahdon will provide revision surgery where required- a luxury not offered for surgeries performed overseas.
  6. Dr Rahdon uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques in order to provide the best results possible.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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