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nike james
5 years ago

Breast fat transfer

Can the fat from someone else’s body be used for a fat transfer breast augmentation on another person?

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: lagos - Nigeria

Replies 8

Jeremy Sanderson
ASPS Surgeon


Unfortunately, that does not work. The immune system of the person receiving the transferred fat cells would kill all of the donated fat cells. There would also be a significant risk transferring an infection from one person to the other.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

Absolutely not! You can only transplant tissue from one human to another if they are closely matched genetically. As you know, many heart, limb, face transplant patients require anti-rejection medication for life to prevent rejection of the transplanted tissue and its loss. As much as many would like to donate excess fat to others, it is just not possible to transplant it. It would cause a serious reaction, even possibly death in the recipient. Don't even think about it!

Cristina Pires Camargo
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Dear Iagos,

This kind of fat transfer is not advisable for rejection's, and infection's reasons.

Jason Petrungaro
ASPS Surgeon
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Good question. The answer is no, you cannot transfer fat from one person to the other. The body receiving the unmatched donor fat will reject it because it is not genetically identical. This means the fat would be eliminated by the body (and make the recipient sick from rejection). The only way to do this successfully would be a fat transfer from one identical twin to another. Organ transplants have the same problem, but in those situations the use of powerful anti-rejection medications (for life) is warranted because those surgeries are life-saving/medically necessary. But the possibility of successful tissue transfers from unmatched donors is being researched and may be on the horizon in the future.

Gregory Dowbak
ASPS Surgeon

Yes. But only in identical twins. It has been done before (University of Louisville)

Jon Ver Halen

Dear Nike James,

No, you cannot use fat from another person (unless, as Dr. Dowbak has mentioned, it is from your identical twin). Good luck!

Jonathan Zelken
ASPS Surgeon
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I think every time this question comes up in clinic, a friend or spouse raises his or her hand and says "ooh, ooh, I can donate!" All joking aside, this is not an option at this time. There is a commercially available product that allows surgeons to inject fat-related material into other peoples' bodies, but the cost of injecting a meaningful amount of this product (Renuva) would likely be quite prohibitive and may be unsafe.

Hope this helps,

Dr Jonathan Zelken

Samuel Ademola

Fat transfer from someone else (just like transfer of tissues from someone else) will trigger severe reaction culminating in rejection.

The simple answer to your question is no just like others have responded.


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