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breast augmentation with fat transfer

in McLean, VA &
Washington, D.C.

  • breast Asymmetry
  • Tuberous breasts
  • inverted nipples

What is breast augmentation with fat transfer?

A recently popularized surgical technique, breast augmentation with fat transfer (also known as “natural” breast augmentation) does NOT involve the use of an implant. Instead, fat is transferred from one area of the body (such as the abdomen, flanks or thighs) with liposuction and then placed in the breast tissue. This unique procedure can produce conservative increases in breast size. Typically, the breasts will increase by about 1/2 to 1 cup size. The procedure can be repeated at a later date if fat is available and further enhancement is desired.

How does breast augmentation with fat transfer compare to the use of an implant?

Several factors must be considered in comparing the two techniques. The majority of patients will benefit from the use of a breast implant to achieve their goals however the fat transfer may be a better-suited option for some.

The advantages of breast augmentation with fat transfer when compared to the use of an implant include:

Less scarring – fat is transferred to the breast via small needle sites. There is no continuous incision as with an implant

No maintenance of implant or implant concerns – since a breast implant is not being used, there is no risk of implant-related problems such as capsular contracture, implant rupture, or implant malposition. In addition, there is no need to maintain the implant over your life.

Fat removed from areas where it is not desired – liposuction allows Dr. Sailon to remove fat from elsewhere in the body. This allows these areas of problematic fat to be contoured.

Disadvantages and limitations of the technique include:

Small size increase – the technique is limited in its ability to dramatically increase the size of the breast. Typically, about a 1/2 to 1 cup size increase can be expected. If one desires more of an increase with this technique, multiple surgeries may be required. Thinner women will have less fat that can be harvested safely without creating deformities.

Breast lumps or cysts – these may form in areas of the breast where the fat was placed. A controversial topic in the world of plastic surgery, there is a concern they may obscure routine breast cancer screening and mammogram imaging.

Are multiple surgeries required?

The answer to this question depends largely on your goals. The amount of fat that can be transferred at once is limited and can increase the size of the breast by 1/2 to 1 cup size. If you desire a greater increase, it may be necessary to either use an implant as in a standard breast augmentation or repeat the fat transfer technique. Typically, repeat fat transfers are separated by a period of at least 6 months.




Northern Virginia

6801 Whittier Avenue, Suite 301
McLean, Virginia 22101

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 250
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Office: 703-832-4000
Fax: 703-832-4001


5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 711
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: 301-232-3000
Fax: 301-232-3333

After serious consideration, and in line with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will be limiting our practice until April 7th. This may need to be extended further depending on how the situation evolves. Your health and well-being are our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:
All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until April 7th.

The office will be partially staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.

We are instituting Virtual Consultations for our large inquiry base.

Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.

No patient will ever have any financial recourse for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
    We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • As we are a medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities.

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