Is Fat Grafting Better than Breast Implants?

If you’re looking to increase the size of your breasts, you’ve probably heard of both breast augmentation and fat grafting as potential options.

Both options come with their own set of pros and cons, which we will review here.

How breast augmentation works

Breast augmentation uses either saline or silicone implants in order to enhance the size of the breasts. Since these implants vary in size, patients can choose to increase the size of their breasts by several cup sizes if they wanted to. In order to insert the FDA-approved implant, an incision is made under the breast, in the armpit or near the nipple. Once the implant has been inserted, the incision is closed up with stitches and a supportive garment is wrapped around the breasts. Most patients will be able to go home the same day as their surgery.

How breast fat grafting works

Fat grafting allows patients to increase the size of their breasts using their own fat and tissue instead of using implants.  In order to complete the procedure, a surgeon will remove excess fat from another area of the body using liposuction. This fat is then purified and transferred into the breasts.

Pros and cons of breast augmentation


  • Wide variety of sizes options available to patients
  • Affordable way to increase the size of the breasts


  • High chance of implant rupturing, which could lead to infection and additional surgeries
  • Since a foreign object is being inserted into the body, there’s a high chance of rejection
  • Incisions will lead to some scarring

Pros and cons of breast fat grafting


  • Provides the most natural-looking results
  • Less chance of infection and no chance of rejection
  • Since no incisions are made, scarring is not an issue
  • Only general anaesthesia is required, which means you will feel better quickly after the procedure


  • Can only moderately increase the size of the breasts
  • Can be more costly than breast augmentation since liposuction is required

If you’re interested in finding out more about this innovative process, you will find more fat grafting procedure details here.

Who are the ideal candidates for these procedures?

Women who are only looking to increase their breasts by one cup size are the ideal candidates for fat grafting. If you’re looking to go much bigger, breast augmentation is probably a better fit for you.

Which breast enhancement procedure is better?

Overall, fat grafting is the safer option and will leave you with the most natural-looking breasts but there are, of course, some limitations such as being able to select a bigger size. You will also need to have excess fat in areas such as the hips, thighs or abdomen in order to qualify for this procedure.

The best way to determine which option is best for you, book a consultation with a board-certified surgeon who specialises in these types of procedures. You may need to consult with two different surgeons to consider all your options as not every doctor will offer both procedures.