What is the recovery time for fat transfer to the breasts?

I am scheduled for a fat transfer breast augmentation. Has anyone had this procedure? What type of recovery time should I be prepared for? I took a week off from work so I hope this will be enough time for me to heal.


F, 42, Utah

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Fat transfer for breast augmentation is an option if you are looking for a mild to moderate increase in breast size. The maximum that you can increase is one cup size. I had a fat transfer procedure completed because I was looking to lose a little bit of weight in my waist and add that weight to my breasts. It turned out to be a perfect opportunity for me to sculpt my body and accentuate my breasts. The process was 100 percent natural and dramatically reshaped my body. The part that I loved was that the surgery was virtually scarless because it doesn't require implants. The recovery was also much more comfortable than traditional breast enlargement surgery.

I needed about four weeks to recover. I took a week off from work, and I avoided exercise and heavy lifting for another two to three weeks after the surgery. I wore a compression garment over the area that received liposuction and a sports bra to hold my breasts as they healed. The final evaluation from my doctor took place several months after the procedure. I'm thrilled with the final results that I received, and I get so many new compliments that I know that I look as good as I feel. It's been a real boost to my self-confidence level. While I keep the cosmetic surgery on the down low, I do boast about it to my closest friends. I highly recommend that you see a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Fat transfer Breast augmentation may be right for you, but ask your doctor to see before and after photos of previous patients who had the cosmetic procedure completed.

I decided to have a fat grafting breast augmentation two years ago. Having kids and age caused my breasts to change and I wanted them to be fuller and slightly larger. After the procedure, it took three days for me to recover. I did experience pain during the recovery. My plastic surgeon prescribed pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. I was able to return to some normal activities after the three days. I returned to my job a week after the cosmetic procedure. However, it was a couple of months before I could resume any strenuous activity like working out. It took a few weeks for my pain and swelling to completely go away. Another thing I was told to avoid was wearing restrictive bras. I wore a sports bra for about three weeks.

I found that the healing time for this procedure was incredibly short. I obviously continued to have bruising and swelling for a few weeks after it was done but I felt well enough to be up and about within a few days.

I returned to work after a week of recovery time but I probably would have been fine to go back after five days. I took the extra time because I had already scheduled it off though. I also have a higher pain tolerance so that may have made a bit of a difference when it came to how quickly I returned to work.

On top of my own personal experience, I found this bit of information regarding recovery times. A lot of doctors say that you will need four to six weeks to fully recover. You can wear a sports bra again around two to three weeks, you can squeeze your breasts at four weeks, and can sleep on your stomach again at four to five weeks. 

Seven months ago, I had fat transferred to my breasts. I discussed my augmentation options with my plastic surgeon and I decided that I would prefer to use my own fat cells instead of breast implants. The procedure and recovery were surprisingly fast and easy. Six days after my fat transfer breast augmentation, I felt generally well. I was still a little sore and was swollen from the thigh liposuction, but I was well enough to go to work and run errands. I wore compression garments on my thighs for two weeks and wore a sports bra for six weeks. My doctor advised me to avoid strenuous activities like exercising and lifting heavy objects. All in all, it took me a full three months to recover. It was slightly uncomfortable, but I wasn’t in pain. If you follow your doctor’s aftercare guidelines, you should have a smooth recovery.