everything you need to know about breast augmentation with fat grafting in korea


Breast augmentation remains to be one of the most in-demand plastic surgery procedures in the world. Many even go to other countries, like South Korea, to have their operation. As it continues to grow in popularity, medical professionals have come up with several new techniques concerning breast surgery. Most people know breast implants to be the primary way of having breast augmentation. Many may not be aware of breast augmentation with fat transfer.

In this article, we will discuss an other way of having a breast surgery. Here is everything you need to know about fat grafting in Korea.

What is Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer)?

Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves removing fat cells from a donor area from your body and transferring it to the breasts. Fat grafting in Korea allows patients to get two things done. First is eliminating fat in an unwanted part of their body (liposuction), and second is placing it in a different area where they would like more volume (lipoimplantation).

The subcutaneous fat (the fat below our skin) is harvested from a donor area, such as the thigh or belly area, through specialized devices. The collected fat then undergoes through processing, where it is filtered to get the specific fat cell population needed for grafting. After extraction and processing, the fat will be ready to be applied in the body’s desired area in tiny amounts through multiple puncture points. 

Fat grafting in Korea can be done for different purposes. It is used to reduce wrinkles, creases, and lines to the face and hands to give the patient a more youthful look. The process can also give your buttocks a more round, contoured shape. Of course, breast augmentation with fat transfer is one of the more popular forms of the said procedure.

Advantages of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Ages Naturally

Because the additional volume comes from the patient’s natural fat cells, the breasts maintain a more natural look as you age, adapting to the changes your body goes through. In comparison, breast implants tend to be more noticeable as the body ages. Also, fat grafting requires less maintenance compared to breast implants.

Avoids Implant-Based Risks

Implant-based risks such as implant rupture, rippling, capsular contracture, are all avoided through fat grafting, as it doesn’t involve any breast implants.

Improves Body Proportion

As fat grafting in Korea involves removing fat from one area of the body and placing it another, it improves your body’s overall shape. It decreases volume in unwanted areas and adds volume to parts you want, resulting in a better-proportioned figure.

Controls Volume

Breast augmentation with fat transfer allows both the doctor and patient to control the volume of fat to be applied in the desired area of the body. On the other hand, breast implants already come with a wide range of sizes that you can choose from.

Leaves No Scars

As mentioned earlier, the fat extraction and injection process uses small puncture points, leaving no scars. On the other hand, implants require incisions during surgery.

Causes Less Allergies

There is less risk of developing allergic reactions with fat graft as it uses the body’s natural fat cells.

Those are some of the perks of undergoing fat grafting in Korea. With that said, it doesn’t mean that this method is way better than having breast augmentation using an implant. Each method gives you results that the other can’t; however, there is no need to worry, as you can have both options in one operation.

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer and Implants

There are two ways to do fat transfer breast augmentation: fat graft alone or the “hybrid” method, the combination of fat graft and breast implants. In either procedure, the process of fat grafting is the same as we mentioned earlier.

For the “hybrid” method, breast implants are placed first. The implants allow a more significant increase in breast volume. Then, the collected fat is injected, providing an additional layer of padding around the breast. It conceals the implant edges from showing through the skin as well as giving extra volume. This procedure results in softer, natural-looking results.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer and implants allows you to experience the advantages of both procedures. The “hybrid” method is recommended for people with leaner body frames and little natural breast tissues. Using breast implants alone may result in visible implant edges, rippling, or wrinkling, while fat grafting may not be possible as there is not enough fat in donor areas. 

On the other hand, for women with a broader chest and rib cage or naturally wide-set breasts, the “hybrid” method is also recommended. For these body types, it is harder to achieve a natural, full cleavage with implants alone as implants need to be placed at the natural midline of the breast. With a fat graft, your surgeon will be able to add fullness to the breasts’ medial portion, improving the cleavage area.

In general, the method can benefit anyone, regardless of body type. “Hybrid” breast augmentation gives you and your surgeon control over the exact shape, symmetry, and fullness to achieve during surgery. Again, the implant will provide the added breast volume, while the fat graft adds the finishing touches or corrects any possible imperfections. It can add fullness to the top or sides of the breast, further conceal implant edges, or alter any remaining asymmetry.

Even if breast implants are still more common than fat grafting when it comes to breast augmentation, both operations have pros and cons. It is vital that you learn about both options, to know which method better suits your needs and give you the best results.

Motiva® for Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

A usual concern for breast augmentation is how natural it will look, as implants are commonly firm and move less naturally. However, brands like Motiva® give you implants with the most natural look and feel. Most clinics in Korea use Motiva® Breast Implants for breast surgeries like breast augmentation and reconstruction.

The Motiva® Round Implant is made of a silicone-based elastomer shell, filled with a patented silicone gel called ProgressiveGel Plus™. The well-balanced gel elasticity and firmness gives the breasts a fuller and younger active look.

It has a SmoothSilk™/SilkSurface™, -achieved through 3D nanotechnology imprinting- which minimizes the growth and attachment of bacteria while reducing the risk of capsular contracture and late seroma. The implant also has a TrueMonobloc® shell, allowing the implant to be easily inserted through a smaller incision (2.5cm to 3cm) due to its superior durability. This lessens the pain, bleeding, and scars during recovery.

Furthermore, Motiva® has a BluSeal® indicator, a protective layer surrounding the implants, that allows the surgeon to detect potential implant defects such as gel bleed and ruptures before implantation. Also, it has the Q Inside Safety Technology™, the first RFID microtransponder cleared by the FDA for use in humans, so you can easily get all the implant information by scanning the breasts using the QID reader.

A 6-year prospective study among patients that used Motiva® Implants shows less than 1% of cases of implant complications. Motiva® has low rates of capsular contracture, late seroma, and zero reported cases of BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma).

Motiva® is cleared for commercial distribution in over 60 countries such as South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, and more. To know more about Motiva® Breast Implant, you can visit their website.