Pros and Cons of Autologous Breast Augmentation


Pros and Cons of Autologous Breast Augmentation 

One of the most common cosmetic procedures done in the U.S. every year is breast augmentation. However, some women don’t find breast implants appealing at all. If you do not want implants, you can still enhance your breasts through autologous breast augmentation. It is a process where breasts are enhanced using fat transfer. Instead of using implants, autologous breast augmentation uses the fat in your body to increase your breast size. The fat can be obtained from your tummy, thighs, or hips, purified, and later injected into your breasts giving them an all-natural look. 

Fat Transfer Better Than Implants? 

Though nothing foreign is being used to enhance your breasts, there are pros and cons of autologous breast augmentation. This article will help you understand both fat transfer and implants and help you decide which of them is better. 

When to Go For Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation 

If you want mild to medium breast increase and avoid having implants, then fat transfer breast augmentation is the right procedure to choose. For a large increase in breast size, implants will be more reliable. If you have sagging breasts, a breast lift, whether with implants or without implants, will yield better results compared to fat transfer. Below are the pros and cons of autologous breast augmentation. 


  • It’s all-natural – the process uses the tissues in your body giving your breasts a natural feel and look 
  • No implants – prevents the risks that come with implants such as rupture, capsular contracture, and implant malposition 
  • Virtually scarless – you are only left with tiny incisions for harvesting and injecting fat 
  • Reshapes your whole body – when fat is removed from your tummy, you get a more defined waistline. Fat removed from your thighs makes them slimmer 


  • Limited size of augmentation – autologous breast augmentation only produces a maximum increase of one cup size. On the other hand, implants can produce more than three cup size increase in breasts 
  • Possibility of fat re-absorption – This procedure is done very carefully to ensure maximum survival of the transferred fat. However, the possibility of the fat being reabsorbed is very high and could leave you with different results than you expected. 
  • Fails to lift your breast – autologous breast augmentation does not rectify sagging breasts that result from ageing, pregnancy, weight loss or genetics. 
  • Costly – autologous breast augmentation solves two problems at the same time. You get your breasts enhanced, and your entire body reshaped. This makes fat transfer more expensive than implants. 

For Those With Less Body Fat 

Most people think that slim ladies cannot undergo autologous breast augmentation. In many cases, an experienced plastic surgeon can get enough fat from a very slender woman for augmentation. If you are a very skinny woman, your surgeon might ask you to intentionally add a few more pounds before the procedure is done. Through personal consultation, you will know whether or not there is enough fat for augmentation. 

Why You Need to Choose Breast Implants 

Now that the pros and cons of autologous breast augmentation are clear, look closely at the option of implants and why it could be a better choice. 

Advantages of Implants over Fat Transfer 

  • Give you more cleavage 
  • Give you bigger and firmer breasts 
  • The results are more consistent because there is no chance of fat re-absorption 
  • They are cheaper than fat transfer 

An important statistic to take into consideration is that implants account for more than 95% of the breast augmentation surgeries done in the U.S. In contrast, fat transfer accounts for less than 5% of breast augmentation procedures.