How Liposuction is Used for Breast Augmentation

Liposuction is as popular as ever around the world, not just in Singapore. It’s still one of the most preferred cosmetic surgery procedures out there and there’s no sign that this trend will go away anytime soon. The reason why it is so popular is that it can not only be used for fat removal but also for fat transfer to other areas of the body. For example, there are many options for breast enhancement surgeries nowadays – from breast augmentation using silicone or saline implants to enhancing cup size with fat grafting.

In this article, we’re going to talk about liposuction in Singapore and more specifically, breast augmentation procedure quickly gaining momentum amongst women in Singapore who want to increase their breast size but don’t want to have breast implants – breast augmentation with fat transfer. This article will also focus on other uses of the surgery and fat grafting as well. What is it, what happens during the procedure, and what are the benefits of the surgery – these are the topics we’re going to discuss today.

Different Benefits and Uses to Liposuction

One of the biggest benefits of liposuction is that the fat removed during the procedure can be used on different parts of the body. Fat removed during the procedure can be used on the face, breasts or to fill scars. It can be used for anti-ageing purposes and contouring the body and the face. It can also be used for breast reconstruction surgeries as well.

One of the most popular ways to use the fat removed during the procedure in Singapore is for liposuction breast augmentation procedures. A lot of people are interested in breast augmentation using this method for its natural results.

Where is fat usually transferred from?

To get liposuction breast augmentation or other procedures using fat transfer, your surgeon will choose areas of the body whit enough amount of fat for liposuction. Those areas usually include the inside of the knee, thigh, abdomen, the folds of fat at the waist, back, upper inside of the arm, and neck.

What happens during a fat transfer procedure?

Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure and you won’t have to stay at the hospital overnight. The procedure begins with general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. For breast enhancement surgery, patients will be under general anaesthesia but for the face, they can be under local only. You won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.

The plastic surgeon will start by removing the fat through liposuction. After that, the fat is filtered and prepared for the next stage – the reinjection into the breasts for a breast augmentation surgery or into other areas of the body.

The next step to the surgery is placing or injecting the fat into the breasts carefully.

A standard fat transfer surgery in Singapore takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be transferred. The fat is taken through 5 mm incisions made between the folds of the skin.

Fat transfer/liposuction Breast augmentation

Fat grafting is the transfer of fat from one area of the body to another or the structural transplantation of fat. It uses the patient's own fat cells as a permanent filler to add volume to the soft tissues. The fat is taken through think cannulas inserted in small incisions. After the fat is filtered, the isolated fat cells are injected into the breasts or any other desired area. Besides for breast enhancement, it can be used for body contouring, anti-age treatments, and even face reconstruction procedures.

With fat transfer breast enhancement, you won’t get a major increase in breast size. But the procedure is perfect for anyone who wants small enhancement and natural results without using implants. Liposuction breast augmentation is a way for a lot of people to gain more confidence in not so invasive way.

Face Correction

A lot of people who want to achieve a more youthful look or just one who wants to enhance the contour of their face opt for the fat transfer option. Fat transfer on the face is no different than that to other parts of the body. The surgeon will remove fat through liposuction and then inject it into the face after filtering it.

The procedure will result in a naturally youthful look that a lot of people prefer to fillers or a surgical facelift.

How long does fat transfer last?

Usually, during a fat transfer surgery, the plastic surgeon will overfill the treated area because some of the fat cells will die after the transfer. But around 70% of the transferred fat cells will survive and they are more than enough to increase breast size or to achieve a youthful look. This process happens in around 6 months following the surgery. After that, the results should stay permanent. Of course, as you get older the area might change slightly but it won’t disappear.

Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer


  • Improving both the recipient site and the site where the fat is taken.
  • Surviving fats remain permanent.
  • Completely natural material.
  • One-day operation, minimal inconvenience, and quick recovery.
  • Minimally invasive and low risk of complications.
  • Small scars on the donor site and no additional scars on the recipient site.
  • Improves the quality of proper skin. This can be especially important after radiation damage or facial rejuvenation procedures.


  • Repeated procedures may be required.
  • Adds volume, not extra skin. If this is required, for example after breast cancer surgery, a local or distant flap cannot be avoided.
  • It is not possible if you don’t have much fat.
  • Hormonal changes or changes in weight may be responsible for future weight gains or losses.

Are there any risks?

Like any other surgical procedure, there are some side effects to liposuction and fat transferring. While they are generally considered a safe procedure there is still a possibility for complications. The possible complications of liposuction are associated with the complications you might get from surgery such as an infection, scarring, and bleeding. Other possible side effects might be complications from anaesthesia and fluid accumulation. Sometimes, people are not happy with their results because they experience uneven fat removal.

Possible complications of fat transfer are cysts and infection and the death of fat cells.

Finding the right surgeon

A lot of the issues associated with liposuction or fat transfer might occur due to surgical mistakes during the procedure. This is why before you commit to surgery, you should research as much as possible and make sure you check the Singapore Ministry of Health's website to see if the people you're going to are fully licensed. Here are some of our advice on how to find the right surgeon for your needs:

  • Choose experienced surgeons. It’s best to choose someone who has specialized in liposuction and has at least 10 years of experience.
  • Ask for a portfolio where you can before & after pictures of previous patients
  • Look for accredited plastic surgeons online. If your country has a Board of plastic surgery, check it out. Ideally, you should look for a board-certified plastic surgeon.
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.