Fat Grafting

Fat grafting stands as a testament to the ingenious blend of art and science in the dynamic world of plastic surgery. Fat grafting is about harvesting one’s own fat from certain parts of the body and using it to enhance or restore volume in other areas. At Privé Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, we recognize the importance of natural-looking results, and fat grafting offers precisely that.

Fat grafting, a process also known as fat transfer or lipo injection, transfers fat from one area of the patient to another. Fat grafting can be used for areas such as the face, body, and breast to help patients reclaim additional fullness, especially for areas with significant volume loss. This procedure can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures. At Privé Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wu can provide alternative options for cosmetic and restorative procedures to restore a youthful appearance.


People consider fat grafting when they notice:

  • Hollow or sunken cheeks due to aging or weight loss
  • Asymmetry in facial features
  • Loss of volume in the hands, making veins and tendons more prominent
  • Desire to enhance certain body parts without the use of artificial fillers or implants
  • Scarring or tissue damage that can be corrected with natural fat injections

How Fat Grafting Procedures Can Benefit You

Utilizing fat over filler materials presents advantages for patients looking for long-lasting treatment. Our adipose tissue is soft, pliable, and highly compatible with our body’s natural biochemistry, lessening the risk of rejection and making it highly adaptable to the healing process. Fat grafting presents new opportunities for patients looking for long-lasting results without external materials such as fillers and implants. At our office, we work with our patients to address areas of lackluster volume and inconsistency. 

Our team will discuss your goals and aspirations during your consultation with Dr. Wu. They’ll identify those areas requiring more fullness in volume and appearance. Once your consultation is complete, and you’re approved for the procedure, Dr. Wu will perform the procedure. The treatment can be performed either in the office or on an outpatient basis. 

Good candidates for undergoing fat grafting include those who:

  • Have specific areas they would like to improve
  • With areas that lack fullness, such as the cheeks, breasts, or hips
  • Have uneven areas following liposuction
  • Are non-smokers
  • Drink in moderation, or not at all

Why is this needed?

As we age, it’s common to experience a loss of volume in certain areas while accumulating fat in others. Fat grafting leverages this natural resource, allowing individuals to:

  • Achieve a more youthful facial appearance
  • Correct asymmetries or deformities
  • Enhance body contours in a more organic manner
  • Reduce reliance on artificial fillers or implants
  • Address certain medical conditions or injuries

All cosmetic treatments have some degree of risk involved. Some potential risks of this procedure include:

  • Hematoma, blood pooling under the skin
  • Fat necrosis, or the death of fat tissue
  • Fat embolism occurs when fat forms a blockage in a blood vessel.
  • Death

Fat grafting is performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the areas and extent of the fat grafting required. Donor areas such as the abdomen are some of the most common for fat extraction, but other areas can be discussed depending on your specific needs. During the procedure, our surgeons will perform fat grafting under the following steps: 

  • Anesthetic Solution: The anesthetic solution is injected into the donor area site to prevent site pain and injury. 
  • Fat Harvesting: The fat area will be harvested through small cannulas and a tiny syringe. 
  • Fat Preparation: Once the fat is harvested, it is prepared for reinjection through a special centrifuge, separating viable fat cells from poor-quality ones. 
  • Reinjection: After the fat is harvested, the fat cells are then reinserted into the designated area, such as the breasts, face, buttocks, and other areas of the body, to reinforce fullness and volume. 
Woman smiling in the mirror after recovering from Fat Grafting surgery

Prevention Tips

Although fat grafting provides lasting results, one can maximize the longevity of the outcome by:

  • Maintaining a stable weight to avoid significant volume changes
  • Keeping the skin healthy with regular moisturizing and sun protection
  • Following a balanced diet and hydration routine
  • Scheduling regular check-ins with our doctor to assess and guide maintenance

The Benefits of Fat Grafting Procedures

In recent years, many plastic surgeons have looked at fat transfer with a greater understanding of how to harvest, process, and reinject fat back into the body, making it a safer procedure. While current fat grafting uses are limited, new information and applications are constantly emerging. 

Rejuvenating Potential of Fat Grafting

Harnessing the natural resources of one’s own body, fat grafting provides a unique approach to aesthetic enhancement. It serves a dual role—extracting unwanted fat from specific areas and repurposing it to rejuvenate and accentuate other regions. This ensures that the outcomes appear genuine and harmonious and are often enduring.

The beauty of fat grafting lies in its versatility and organic essence. As the realms of aesthetic medicine advance, fat grafting techniques continually refine, aiming for ever more tailored and nuanced results. This evolution promises a future where every patient’s distinct aesthetic vision can be realized with even greater precision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can be treated with fat grafting?

Fat grafting is versatile and can be used to enhance the face, hands, and certain body contours. Common facial areas include cheeks, temples, and lips, while body regions might include the buttocks or breasts.

How long do the results of fat grafting last?

The longevity of fat grafting results varies among individuals. Typically, a good portion of the transferred fat integrates and survives, providing long-lasting results. Regular consultations with our doctor can help assess and maintain the outcome.

Is there any downtime associated with fat grafting?

Downtime depends on the areas treated and the volume of fat transferred. Most patients can expect some swelling and bruising in both the donor and recipient sites. It’s crucial to follow post-operative guidelines provided by our doctor to ensure optimal recovery. 

Begin Your Transformation

For more information about Dr. Wu’s procedures at Privé Plastic Surgery, please contact us to learn more. Embark on a journey that harnesses your body’s natural potential. At Privé Plastic Surgery, our expertise in fat grafting ensures results that resonate with your vision. If you’re contemplating this transformative procedure or simply have questions, dial (516) 717-3181. Your path to a harmonious physique and rejuvenated confidence begins with us.