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Body Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is the process of harvesting fat from one area of the body via liposuction and using it to enhance another area. Fat can be taken from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, or other common trouble zones with excess fat. It is then purified and injected into various areas of the body to provide flattering, youthful contours. This popular procedure is very versatile and can be customized to meet every patient’s needs.

Benefits of Fat Transfer

  • Removes stubborn excess fat
  • Can restore volume in your breasts, face, buttocks, hips, and other areas
  • Enhances body shape and curvature using high definition liposuction
  • Can be injected into muscles for definition: biceps, calves, pectoral muscles, and more

Fat Transfer Areas


  • Augments and enhances the shape of the buttocks
    • Also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Can accentuate an hourglass figure and improve the contours of the body
  • For more details, visit Buttock Augmentation



  • Fills facial hollows and wrinkles to provide a smoother appearance and an overall youthful look
  • Can treat signs of aging in the following areas:
    • Between the brows
    • Around the eyes
    • Tear troughs
    • Cheeks
    • Nasolabial folds
    • Lips
    • Chin
    • Jowls
  • For more details, visit Facial Fat Injections


  • Bulks and defines muscles:
    • Calves
    • Biceps
    • Triceps
    • Pecs
  • Contours other areas:
    • Hips
    • Thighs
  • Often combined with high definition liposuction and muscle etching
  • For more details, visit Liposuction

Achieved With Fat Transfer

Fat that is distributed in the right areas can lead to youthful, full contours that result in a significant boost in confidence

Patients report that their new curves look better both in and out of clothing

Can provide muscle definition for those that desire it

Fat that seems impossible to remove with diet and exercise can be eliminated with liposuction

Areas like the lower abdominal “pooch,” “love handles,” or any other unwanted bulges serve as excellent donor sites

Sunken cheeks and fine lines on the face can make anyone look tired and aged

Fat transfer restores a youthful appearance by filling out these areas

Preparing for Your Surgery

Ideal candidates for fat transfer have enough fat in the donor area to provide the desired increase in the area of choice. Those who experience the best results are in good health, are at or near their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients should arrange to have someone drive them home after surgery and assist them for the first 24 hours as a precaution.

Fat Transfer FAQ

How does fat transfer work?

Fat is liposuctioned from a fatty area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs. Only tiny incisions are needed to remove the unwanted fat. Before the fat is injected into the targeted area, Dr. Agullo processes it for purification. Once injected, the fat will develop a new blood supply and thrive as living tissue. Some of the injected fat will be absorbed by the body, but the cells that survive are permanent and will grow and shrink in size with weight fluctuations.

How effective is fat transfer?

Fat transfer is highly effective when it is done correctly. While it is true that some of the transferred fat will be absorbed by the body, this can be avoided by initially injecting more fat than is needed into the area. Dr. Agullo’s technique of using protein rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s own blood aids in rejuvenation, collagen formation, and fat survival.

What technique is used with fat transfer to the face?

Dr. Agullo often prefers to use an advanced technique for fat grafting that involves the placement of platelet rich plasma (PRP) to enhance results. Blood is drawn from the patient and is centrifuged to obtain growth factors. These are injected into the face to promote collagen production, which leads to the youthful, plump look. Dr. Agullo prefers to mix PRP with fat to increase the fat survival and take, which yields greater results in the long-term survival of the fat cells that have been repositioned.

What is the fat transfer recovery process like?

Recovery time with fat transfer is typically much shorter than it would be with traditional augmentation surgeries. Most patients plan for two weeks of recovery. Many patients feel back to normal sooner than two weeks depending on how extensive the procedure was and whether general or local anesthesia was used. Rest is essential during recovery, but moving is also important to avoid blood clots or complications.

Are there any risks associated with fat transfer?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with fat transfer, but they are rare and/or temporary. These potential complications are less likely to develop with fat transfer than they are with traditional augmentation procedures. These include disappearing fat tissue, lumpiness, potential scarring, infection, rippled or textured areas, asymmetry, fat atrophy, and cysts or nodules. Dr. Agullo performs the fat grafting procedure with very small injections, which localizes any deformities or asymmetry, lowers risks, and improves fat survival.

How Much Does Body Fat Transfer Cost?

Pricing varies depending on the extent of the treatment or surgery. You can see a list of the approximate prices of each procedure on our current fee schedule. Dr. Agullo charges a consultation fee of $100, which is applied to the cost of your treatment. Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. The exact price of each procedure can only be determined after a thorough consultation. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.

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