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Your Fat Transfer Options

Transfer to Face

Harvested fat can be used to fill in “sunken” cheeks, laugh lines between the nose and mouth, tear troughs under the eyes, and thin lips. Any deep wrinkles, depressions, indentations, or facial scarring can also be minimized with fat transfer.

Transfer to Breasts

Fat transfer is an option for women who desire fuller, more voluptuous breasts without the need for implants. Women experience increased confidence, improved shape, and the ability to wear the clothing they want.

Transfer to Buttocks

Brazilian Butt Lift
Experience a rounder, fuller, and more defined derrière with fat transfer to the buttocks, or Brazilian Butt Lift. This procedure increases feminine curves and enhances confidence.


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What Do You Desire?

Restored Facial Definition

Aging, environmental factors, and heredity all contribute to the loss of volume in your face. The natural fat in your face, especially in the cheeks and under the eyes, is what contributes to a youthful appearance. When that is lost, you may develop wrinkles and hollows that cause you to look older than you are or feel. Fat transfer restores facial fullness and results in smoother and more defined facial contours. It can also be used to enhance lip volume and smooth lip wrinkles for a plump, youthful pout.

Slimmer Contours

Fat transfer relies on donor fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, back, thighs, knees, or hips. Remove fat from the areas you do not want it and use it to benefit the areas in which you do. Enjoy your tighter, slimmer contours.

Defined Silhouette

The combination of removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, knees, or thighs and adding it to the breasts or buttocks can augment your entire frame and result in the desired “hourglass” silhouette.

Natural-Looking Results

Fat transfer provides the most natural-looking cosmetic results, whether you desire subtle touch-ups or noticeable augmentation. With fat transfer, many patients experience the increased confidence in their new body shape. Wear the clothing you’ve always wanted to wear but felt you couldn’t.

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Recovery from your fat transfer will depend on the area of the body that was augmented. Fat transfer to the face will require less recovery than fat transfer to the buttocks. Overfilling is necessary for all fat transfer procedures to allow for fat absorption in the following weeks. This overfilling will result in swelling, bruising, and puffiness. The extent of your swelling will depend on the size and location of the treated area. Most patients who receive fat transfer to the face can resume their normal activities within a few days. Patients who receive fat transfer to the buttocks may need to take up to two weeks off before returning to their normal routines. In that time, patients should avoid sitting or putting any pressure on the buttocks.


Fat harvesting is performed through liposuction, which does result in a small amount of scarring. Dr. Mabourakh makes sure these scars are as inconspicuous as possible, and most scarring should fade with time. There will be no scarring at the injection sites.


The cost of your fat transfer procedure will depend on the number of areas being worked on as well as any preoperative visits, anesthesia fees, and surgical fees. Dr. Mabourakh and his staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.


Following your fat transfer, you may experience discomfort at both the harvesting and injection sites. This pain is usually minor and can be remedied with oral pain medication. Swelling, bruising, and redness are normal with fat transfer and should start to dissipate within a few weeks; however, some swelling may last up to a couple of months.

What To Expect During Consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Mabourakh will assess your surgical needs. You will have the chance to discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Mabourakh, as well as any questions you may have regarding the procedure. If you are determined to be a good candidate for fat injection, you will be provided with additional details about the procedure, and how it will be personalized to meet your needs.

Fat Injection Procedure Details

Fat injection, also referred to as fat transfer or fat grafting, begins with harvesting fat from areas of your body via liposuction. These areas are called donor sites and are often the abdomen, knees, upper arms, back, or thighs. This involves the use of liposuction, which is when a small instrument known as a cannula is carefully moved back and forth over the unwanted fat to extract it. After enough fat is gathered, it is then purified and prepared for injection into the desired area.

Fat Injection Vs Other Filler Types

Fat injections are a versatile option for restoring youthful plumpness in the skin. When used as a facial filler, they can address volume-depleted areas, such as under the eyes or the cheeks. Fat injections are just one type of dermal filler, which also includes synthetic substances and those that naturally occur in the body. Fat injections offer a host of benefits to patients who opt for this type of filler, including natural-looking volume, long-lasting results, and a lower risk of rejection since the fat is from your own body. In contrast, other forms of dermal filler, such as hyaluronic acid, require frequent touch-ups to maintain the plumping effect. However, it is important for patients to note that fat transfer may require a longer recovery period, due to the liposuction procedure that is initially required. Consulting with an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Mabourakh can help shed additional clarity on the dermal filler option that is best for you.

Hand Rejuvenation

The hands are an often-overlooked part of the body when it comes to skin rejuvenation; however, when you begin to notice lines, creases, and wrinkles taking over your hands, it can be hard to ignore. This is especially true if you have enhanced other areas of your appearance, resulting in a stark contrast in appearance between body parts. Fortunately, fat injections can plump up many areas of the body, including the hands, resulting in youthful, smooth hands that you can be proud to show off.

Treatments That Complement Fat Transfer

Fat transfer can be combined with other procedures to enhance the results of other treatments. While volume loss is one of the most frustrating signs of aging, it is not the only one. Many patients visit Dr. Mabourakh with several cosmetic concerns, including wrinkles or sagging on other parts of the body. If you are interested in extensive facial rejuvenation, Botox®, facelift, or brow lift may be recommended as part of your comprehensive treatment plan. In addition, it is understandable for patients to know the result they wish to obtain without being familiar with the procedure or combination of procedures that can help them achieve it. Dr. Mabourakh is a highly experienced professional who is compassionate about helping his patients achieve their goals. He will recommend the most appropriate treatments based on the nature of your cosmetic concerns to turn back the hands of time and produce an outstanding result.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a candidate for fat transfer?

    Ideal candidates for fat transfer experience dissatisfaction with the lack of volume in some areas as well as the presence of excess, unwanted fat in other regions of the body. Candidates should be non-smoking individuals in good health and must have enough fat in the donor area to harvest.

  • What are the risks associated with fat transfer?

    Although they are rare, complications with fat transfer are possible. These include:

    • Anesthesia complications
    • Bruising and swelling
    • Bleeding
    • Fat embolism
    • Infection
    • Asymmetry
  • How soon will I see my results?

    The volumizing results from your fat transfer will be apparent immediately following procedure; however, final results may not show for a few months as swelling dissipates and some fat is absorbed.

  • What if I do not have enough fat to harvest?

    Fat transfer relies on using your natural fat to augment the designated area of treatment. You will not be a candidate for autologous fat grafting if you do not have an adequate amount of fat to harvest. Dr. Mabourakh can identify your candidacy during your consultation and can suggest other cosmetic procedures if you are not.

  • Will I need repeated treatments?

    While some patients experience long-lasting results with fat transfer, others find that they want to maintain more of the added fullness that disappeared within the first three to six months. If this is the case, repeated treatments can help to achieve the desired results.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Mabourakh for my fat transfer?

    Dr. Mabourakh is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He has membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and has been providing desirable results for over 20 years.


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