Fat Grafting

Add volume for natural-looking results.


Considering Fat Grafting?

Body fat is something we tend to have a love-hate relationship with. On the one hand, we fight to not have too much. On the other hand, fat deposits in certain places contribute to maintaining a healthy, youthful appearance.

Fat grafting is the transfer of fat from one area of the body which has access fat, such as the outer thighs, and is injected into areas that may be lacking volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.

Fat Transfer

As shocking as it sounds, those unsightly fat deposits, siphoned out during liposuction, can be re-purposed for body sculpting adding a natural volume and fullness to your contour. After cleansing it, the removed fat can then be re-inserted into other parts of the body. While the breasts, buttocks, hips, or face remain the most popular recipients of a fat transfer, the application extends much further. Fat can be strategically grafted to balance asymmetrical features, fill out grooves, or just to increase volume.

Whereas other procedures inject synthetic implants to add fullness, a fat graft uses your own fat cells. This negates the need for regular periods of maintenance required by the former, as well as any adverse allergic reactions. Fat grafts are also popular for their cost-effectiveness, and you receive the benefits of both liposuction and implants in just one surgery.

Candidates for fat grafting ideally have a healthy body weight, but enough extra fat deposits to transfer as a graft. It's also beneficial if areas targeted for increased volume have a high skin elasticity. Fat transfers are strongly advised against for patients with poor circulation.

What You Need to Know

Dr. Sult will use a marker to highlight pre selected locations, called donor sites, which are to undergo liposuction. A local anesthetic is applied before small incisions are made to allow the insertion of cannula (thin tubes). The fat is then extracted using a vacuum and prepared for cleansing. To achieve this, the samples are placed into a centrifuge(or other processing devices) whereby fat cells are separated from non-fat cells. Once the non-fat cells have been disposed of, the fat cells are placed into small syringes for the fat transfer.

The transfer process begins similarly to the liposuction. Once the areas for injection, called recipient sites, are clearly marked, small incisions are made. A cannula is then inserted at each incision point, and the cleansed fat is redistributed between tissue planes. The process is repeated numerous times to create a literal graft of fat to fill out the targeted region.

It may be necessary to repeat the fat grafting procedure several times to achieve your desired result. Fat grafting occurs in three-stages:

Stage 1: Harvesting

You and Dr. Sult will select a site for fat removal and a small incision in the area will be made for the removal of that fat.

Stage 2: Purification and transfer

The fat that is removed needs to be prepares for transfer and a purification process is used to remove impurities.

Stage 3: Placement

The area designated to receive the graft is then prepared and a needle or cannula is inserted to the designated area. This process is repeated until the desired outcome has been achieved.


Your Fat Grafting Options

The goal of fat grafting is to fill in areas that need volumizing. Here are some common areas that are treated for patients:

Facial fat transfer: Helps remove facial creases such as, laugh lines, crow's feet, acne scars, lips, cheeks, and correct virtually any skin depressions or indentations.

Breast augmentation: If you are looking to increase your breast size, have poor skin that's resulted in sagging breasts then fat grafting may be an option.

Buttock augmentation: Achieve a fuller, more rounded buttock.

Hand rejuvenation: Adds volume to wrinkled areas of your hands which can cover underlying vessels and tendons improving the quality of your skin over time.


Incision areas may be swollen and emit mild pain after surgery. Recipient sites will be particularly sore for the first several days. Pressure needs to be kept off of the breasts or buttocks for the first two weeks if they were treated. Since around 40% of the injected fat is destroyed before integrating with your body, extra injections are often added to certain body parts. Recipient sites with additional injections will shrink down to the originally forecast size within two weeks. To allow the fat to bond with your body, it's advised not to participate in fat-burning exercises for two months after surgery.


After two months, the final results should begin to take shape. At this point, 40% of the injected fat cells will have died off. There will be small scars from the incisions, but they're strategically placed in hidden areas whenever possible. Scar care after surgery will help reduce visibility. A significant increase in volume—25%-35%—can be achieved in the buttocks or breasts. Additional procedures would be necessary for even more volume.

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What To Do Next...

The next step is to meet with Dr. Sult to discuss your goals, provide an examination, discuss your options, and make recommendations.

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