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Fat Transfer

Redistribute Your Assets with a Fat Transfer

Over the years, time and gravity help shape our faces in ways we may not appreciate. As we age, our muscles and skin lose some of their elasticity, and the cushion of fat – which provided the foundation for smooth and creaseless skin – dissipates.

The resulting facial creases and depressions can be corrected by implanting some material to take the place of the lost fatty cushion. When one's own fat is used for implanting, the possibility of allergic reaction or rejection is eliminated.


Fat Transfer is an effective procedure in minimizing creases and grooves. It also can be used to augment lips, cheeks, the chin or earlobes (to help minimize tearing from wearing large earrings), recontour the face, and even adjust some body contours.

Fat Transfer is performed in our outpatient centers by our skilled physicians. A donor site is chosen based upon patient preference. The hips, buttocks, thighs or lower abdomen are areas in women where fat can easily be harvested. In men, the donor area is often the flank area above the hips. During the procedure, both the donor site and the site fat will be transferred to are treated with local anesthesia, to minimize discomfort.

The duration of the procedure depends on the number and size of the locations being treated. A small amount of bruising may occur. Patients usually resume normal activities within a day, and return to strenuous sports or activities within a week.

Fat Transfer helped relieve the gaunt look and recontour this woman's face.

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