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What Does It Mean to Undergo Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is also known as fat grafting. The procedure combines two beneficial enhancement procedures in one.

Fat is harvested from troublesome areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. It is then purified and injected into another area to produce subtle, natural enhancement.


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The Benefits of Fat Transfer

  • Eliminates unwanted fat deposits
  • Provides natural enhancement for the breasts, buttocks, or face
  • Achieves subtle results
  • Soften scars and improve contour irregularities

Areas of the Body Benefitted by Fat Transfer

  • Abdomen

    • Fat is most commonly harvested from around the abdomen, but it may also be removed from the hips, thighs, and back
    • Gentle, fat-preserving liposuction techniques are used to harvest fat
    • Eliminating fat from the abdomen can help slim and tone its appearance
  • Breasts

    • Fat is injected into the breasts to increase the size and reshape the breasts
    • Provides a modest size increase for women who don’t desire synthetic implants
    • Often used in conjunction with breast reconstruction to help achieve a better, more natural breast shape
  • Face

    • Fat is injected into the hollows of the face, including the cheeks and under eyes
    • Corrects age-related facial volume loss
    • Provides long-lasting volume when compared to synthetic facial fillers
  • Buttocks

    • Fat is grafted in even layers to enhance the size and reshape the buttocks
    • Provides a more natural appearing buttock profile than silicone implants
    • Achieves the size increase that patients desire without the extended recovery period
  • Scars

    • Fat transfer can help soften the appearance and feel of unsightly scars. This can be especially helpful where scars appear tethered or produce contour irregularities. In some patients fat transfer also helps with painful scars.


  • What type of anesthesia is used during fat transfer?

    Fat transfer can be performed using local anesthesia. However, depending on the extent of fat removal, general anesthesia may be used to ensure patient comfort.

  • Will there be scars after my fat transfer?

    Tiny incisions are made at the liposuction site and the injection site that may result in minimal scarring. Any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.

  • How long will my recovery period last?

    The length of your recovery will depend on which area(s) have been enhanced using fat transfer. Fat transfer to the face has the fastest healing time of two weeks. Fat grafting to the buttocks has the longest recovery period of several months. During your consultation, your surgeon can discuss more accurate recovery timelines based on your individual circumstances.

  • Are the results of fat transfer long lasting?

    There may be some initial volume loss after your fat transfer as the body absorbs some of the grafted fat. However, any fat that remains after six months will provide permanent enhancement.  If you desire a significant increase in volume, more than one fat grafting session may be required.

  • How significant of a breast size increase can I expect using fat transfer?

    Fat transfer provides subtle enhancement of the breasts. Typically, most patients gain between a half cup and a full cup size increase.

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