Fat Transfer: Enhance Your Natural Beauty at Iteld Plastic Surgery

By: Dr. Lawrence Iteld


In the ever-evolving world of aesthetic procedures, fat transfer has emerged as a revolutionary technique to enhance one’s natural beauty. With its ability to sculpt and rejuvenate various areas of the body, fat transfer has gained popularity among our patients seeking subtle yet impactful enhancements. From enhancing your breasts to your butt, filling in areas on your face or hands, or other areas where you’ve lost fat, consider fat transfer; it’s a safe, natural, and versatile solution. 

What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injections, involves harvesting, filtering, and then transferring fat from one area of your body to another to add volume, contour, or rejuvenate specific areas. The procedure uses your own fat cells, making it a safe and natural enhancement option.

Benefits of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer has many benefits, which is why our patients are requesting it with greater frequency:

  • Versatility: Fat transfer offers a versatile aesthetic solution. It can be used to enhance various areas, including the face (cheeks, nasolabial folds, temples, and areas of facial hollowing , ), breasts, buttocks, and hands.
  • Dual Benefit: Fat transfer not only enhances specific areas of the body but also involves liposuction to remove excess fat from donor sites, leading to improved body contouring. Simply put, lose the fat where you don’t want it and use it where you do!
  • Natural Results: Since fat transfer uses our own fat cells, the results are often more natural-looking compared to HA fillers or implants.
  • Long-lasting Results: While some initial volume loss may occur — which is why we account for this shrinkage — the fat that successfully integrates with your recipient site can provide long-lasting results.

Fat Transfer Procedure

You’re interested! Now, here are the steps involved in the procedure:

  1. Consult: The journey begins with a consultation with our team. During this session, we assess your concerns, discuss expectations, and determine candidacy for the procedure.
  2. Fat Harvest: The next step involves removing fat from the donor sites — such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks — through liposuction. We carefully extract the fat to preserve its viability for transfer.
  3. Purification: Once harvested, the fat undergoes purification to separate impurities, blood, and excess fluids from the fat cells, ensuring optimal integration at your recipient site.
  4. Injection: Finally, using small cannulas the purified fat is injected into the targeted areas, strategically, placing it to achieve the desired volume and contour.

Recovery and Results

Recovery from fat transfer varies from person to person, but typically involves minimal downtime. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort at both the donor and recipient sites, which usually subsides within a few days to weeks.

As the swelling resolves and the fat settles, you can expect to see gradual improvements in your appearance. While some initial volume loss is normal, the fat that successfully integrates with your recipient site can provide long-lasting results, enhancing your natural beauty for years to come. The fat cells that don’t survive after injection still provide a benefit! The potent stem cells in adipose tissue (fat) can add to the rejuvenation effect of the skin in the treated area. 

Time to talk with us

If you’re considering fat transfer, now’s a great time to explore your options and embark on the journey to a more confident and beautiful you. Please call our experienced patient coordinators at 312.757.4505  or use our contact form to schedule  your confidential consultation.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.