Breast fat grafting and breast implant surgery are two common procedures performed by Dr. Parit Patel in Chicago. These breast procedures are used to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. If you’re considering these options, you may be curious about the various differences in their recovery processes.

Recovery Timeline

One of the main differences between the two procedures is the recovery time. Breast fat grafting typically has a shorter recovery time than breast implant surgery. This is because fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that uses your own body’s tissue, while breast implant surgery is a more invasive procedure that requires the insertion of foreign objects into the body.

Bruising, Swelling, and Discomfort

After breast fat grafting, you can expect to experience a degree of pain, bruising, and swelling. However, these symptoms should subside within a few weeks. You will need to wear a surgical bra for a few weeks to help reduce swelling and support your breasts. You will also need to wear compression garments on the areas treated with liposuction.

After breast implant surgery, you can expect to experience more pain, bruising, and swelling than with breast fat grafting. You may also need to stay in the hospital for one night after the procedure. You will need to wear a surgical bra for several weeks.

Post-Surgical Marks

Post-surgical marks are minimal for fat grafting, since the procedure involves very small incisions for liposuction and tiny injection sites in the breasts. Since breast implant surgery involves larger incisions compared to fat grafting, post-surgical marks will be present. However, they can be easily camouflaged and will fade in time with proper care.


The final results of breast fat grafting may take several months to fully manifest as the grafted fat settles and integrates into the breast tissue. Multiple sessions may be needed to achieve the desired size increase.

Breast implant results are typically more immediate compared to fat grafting. However, it may take a few months for the implants to settle into their final position and for any post-operative swelling to subside.

Resuming Activities

Most people are able to return to normal activities within two weeks of breast fat grafting. This includes things like walking, driving, and light housework. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks.

After breast implant surgery, you may need to wait up to six weeks before returning to normal activities. This is because the implants need time to settle into place and the swelling needs to subside. You should also avoid strenuous activity for at least two months.

Contact Us to Learn More

In both procedures, post-operative care, follow-up appointments, and adherence to guidelines are crucial for a smooth recovery and optimal results. Dr. Patel, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, will provide specific instructions after your procedure.

Find out more about recovery after breast augmentation by getting in touch with Dr. Patel. Contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.