Breast Implants vs Fat Transfer and Fat Cell: Pros and Cons, Results, Costs Comparison

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For many years, breast implants were the only solution available to women wishing to enlarge, reshape, or add extra fullness to their breasts.

Nowadays, there are a variety of options to help women achieve their desired breast size and shape.

Fat transfer breast augmentation is a newly-available technology that’s becoming increasingly popular for its reduced invasiveness and decreased post-procedure downtime, that provides an alternative for changing your breast size and shape from traditional implants. Both breast implants and fat transfer augmentation are great solutions —but how do you know which one is best for you? And which option will achieve your desired results?

Each procedure has different advantages, and there are important factors to consider, regardless of which choice you make. Choosing between breast implants and fat grafting comes down to how you personally weigh these different factors, and what you want to achieve.

To help you understand the differences more clearly and make the right decision for you, we have explained the different procedures below. We cover what they involve, their main benefits, and the estimated costs.

The ‘Biggest’ Benefit of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation by way of breast implants involves surgically inserting synthetic implants to enhance breast proportion and contours, making them look bigger and fuller. Women choose this option for a variety of reasons, including enhancing smaller busts, reshaping their breasts, adding cleavage, and lifting drooping bust-lines.

Implants come in silicone and saline options in a range of shapes, sizes and height profiles to create the patient’s desired look in accordance with a doctor’s recommendations. The implants can be round or tear-shaped to achieve different aesthetics and come in low or high projection options. Following surgery, the recovery period for breast implants is usually up to a couple of weeks, varying between patients.

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Breast augmentation using breast implants requires a precision and artistry, along with medical and surgical expertise, to create compelling results that are symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing. The key benefit of this procedure is that the patient has more control over their outcome: significant cup size increases are more achievable with breast implants compared to other options.

Here at Chelsea Cosmetics, our affordable rates start from $12,000 for breast augmentation and we ensure the highest possible quality of work for you. Click to learn more about our breast implant procedures.

A More ‘Natural Option: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer breast augmentation—also known as fat grafting breast augmentation or fat cell breast augmentationis a procedure that involves transferring fat fat cells from a chosen area of the body to the breasts. Some of the key benefits of this procedure over breast implants include the use of liposuction on other body areas to transfer that fat to the breasts, and a more natural-feeling and natural-looking result.

As a minimally-invasive procedure, this breast augmentation option means reduced downtime for recovery and no need for surgical updates every decade (which is required with implants). Fat transfer breast augmentation enables you to reshape and enhance the breasts but has limitations for increasing size. If you’re looking to increase your breast size by more than a cup, breast implants are a better option for you.

Fat transfer breast augmentation costs vary depending on the donor area liposuction and individual desired results, but generally start from $9,000.

Here at Chelsea Cosmetics, we offer high-quality options for breast augmentation without implants, so have a look at our Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation page for more information.


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

Disclaimer: Before deciding on cosmetic surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. Talk to your cosmetic doctor about what to expect from the surgery and make sure you understand your recovery time and the likely results.

Losing weight through natural methods and regular exercise offers more health benefits compared to liposuction. We strongly encourage patients to pursue their goals using natural and healthy approaches before contemplating liposuction. It’s important to note that liposuction is not a method for weight loss; while it may result in a reduction in dress or pants sizes, the scale may not reflect a significant difference.