Popular Fat Transfer Surgeries By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on December 20, 2021

Fat transfer surgeries, also known as fat grafting, have become some of the most commonly requested procedures in recent years. Although fat grafts have existed since 1893 they did not become normal practice until the early 1990s when a New York plastic surgeon introduced safe and effective techniques standardized across applications. Let's look at some popular fat transfer surgeries.

Popular Fat Transfer Surgeries

These processes made it much easier for board-certified plastic surgeons to perform fat transfer surgeries safely with reliable results. Thanks to the work of those early pioneers, the popularity of fat transfer surgeries has experienced exponential growth in recent decades. This is partially due to increasingly accessible information but is also a result of the increasing number of applications. Today, five areas rank as the most popular for fat transfer at plastic surgery Tampa.


Our skin goes through a lot of major changes as we age. It gets thinner. Plus we experience a dramatic fall in the amount of collagen and elastin we produce. This provides the natural plumpness we commonly associate with youth. As a result, aging tends to leave divots, wrinkles, and sunken areas. These make us look much older than we feel. Fat grafting helps by filling in those areas where our skin isn’t as full as it once was, preserving a more youthful appearance and hiding wrinkles.


Getting a fat transfer breast augmentation in Tampa is one of the easiest ways to give your breasts a little more “oomph” without having to worry about implants. You will want to keep in mind that this particular breast augmentation procedure is generally only used to increase cup size by a subtle amount, usually 1 to 2 cup sizes at most because your body will naturally reabsorb 40-60% of the transferred fat.


It isn’t quite as common as some of the other procedures on this list. Still, a fat transfer to the hips can prove a game changer. Especially for someone who wants to create a more exaggerated waist to hip ratio. Your surgeon will typically inject between 100-300 cc of your own purified fat on either side providing a fuller, more sensual figure.


This one we call a Brazilian Butt Lift. It works as a fat transfer into the buttocks and remains considered safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with ample experience. It is never a good idea to have plastic surgery performed by someone outside of the specialty. So it is particularly important to check your doctor’s credentials with a BBL to avoid serious complications. When done correctly, a BBL can provide a fuller, perkier backside.


Besides your face, your hands and feet are some of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin on the hands and feet is very thin, which becomes exacerbated with age. If your hands or feet look particularly veiny or haggard, you might consider a fat transfer to increase the natural fat layer in those appendages.

As a whole, fat transfer procedures offer great results with minimal downtime and risks. Thanks to the combination of liposuction, fat purification, and targeted reinjection these procedures can slim areas where fat is less desirable and place it where you want a little more shape.

In addition to creating a fuller, more youthful appearance, fat transfer procedures have proven effective in reducing the appearance of scarring and radiation damage. As long as you choose an experienced doctor with credentials you can trust, fat transfer can be an excellent choice for patients who aren’t prepared for more invasive surgery.

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  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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