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Considering a Fat Transfer? Here's What You Need to Know

When it comes to enhancing your body’s contours, there are several possible options on how to go about it. Whether you are looking to improve your breasts or buttocks’ appearance, fat grafting is one treatment to consider closely.

Here at Sterling Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery located in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Mark Mathieson and our highly skilled staff can help you look your best. Whether you’re seeking breast reconstruction, laser skin resurfacing, an injectable wrinkle reducer, or another procedure, we provide state-of-the-art and traditional treatments for optimum results.

Fat transfer

Also known as a fat graft or fat injection, this surgical procedure involves moving fat from one part of the body to another to make it larger and more aesthetically appealing. 

Early reports of fat grafting go as far back as the late 1800s, with the procedure being used to correct scars around a patient’s eye area due to a bone infection and help establish symmetry to the breast of a woman who had a partial mastectomy. However, the procedure didn’t take off until the 1990s when a plastic surgeon in New York City began using standardized techniques.

In recent years fat transfers have become more and more popular. Between 2016 and 2017, augmenting the buttocks using fat grafting increased by 26%, and breast augmentation with fat grafting grew by 72%.

Common areas

Fat grafts can be successfully used in a variety of areas of the body.


A fat transfer can increase the size of a woman’s breasts by one or two cup sizes. When necessary, it can also make them more symmetrical, help fix scars or deformities from lumpectomies or breast reconstruction procedures, and repair tissue damage from radiation.


Fat grafting in the buttocks area can augment the size as in a Brazilian butt lift.  It can also make it look perkier.

Other places

Fat transfers can also be done on the face to add volume, reduce wrinkles, and help repair scars, the hips to make them more rounded, and the hands and feet to make them look younger and provide padding.

The procedure

There are three steps involved in a fat graft. First, the fat is removed from a trouble area using liposuction. Then the usable fat cells are separated. Finally, the fat is injected in small droplets back into the area designated for treatment.

If you’re looking to augment your shape and look your best, call our office at 941-208-6696 to make an appointment today and learn more about fat grafting.

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