Fat grafting involves the transfer of fat from areas in which it is unwanted to more desirable areas. Dr. Steven Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery provides his Oakland fat grafting patients with exceptional results to improve body shape and add volume in the breasts, butt, hands, and face.

Benefits of Fat Grafting

Fat grafting utilizes fat from within the patient’s own body to transform the body, making it a more natural form of body contouring. This reduces some risks of complications compared to treatment methods that involve the implantation or injection of synthetic materials.

Unlike dermal fillers which are typically absorbed and eliminated by the body over the course of several months, fat grafting results can last for years. Fat grafting is also less invasive than other methods of treatment. Perhaps the most obvious benefit to fat grafting is that it can be used to improve 2 areas of the body simultaneously as fat is removed from an area in which it is less desirable in order to enhance another area of the body in which more volume is wanted. Another really fascinating benefit of fat grafting is that fat cells appear to have a kind of memory. If you tend to gain weight in a certain part of the body (such as the hips or thighs), and then the fat is transferred to your breasts, those same fat cells will continue to be the first to grow if you gain weight! They’ll just be in your breasts instead of your hips.

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The Fat Grafting Process

The fat grafting process involves three distinct steps. The first step involves the extraction of fat via liposuction from the donor area of the body. Thin liposuction cannulas are used for this procedure and require very small incisions. Second, dead cells, debris, and excess fluid are separated from viable fat cells. This purifies the fat and improves the safety of the process. Third, the viable fat is injected into the subcutaneous tissue of the desired area in small droplets. The gradual reinjection of fat ensures that each droplet receives the blood supply necessary for it to thrive. This process is versatile and can be used to add volume to the body via several different procedures, including:

Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction with Fat Transfer

Breast augmentation or reconstruction with fat transfer offers a more natural alternative to breast implants. Fat transfer can be used to increase breast size, improve symmetry, or restore volume or shape lost as a result of weight loss, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, or aging. Depending on which area is selected to serve as the donor in the procedure, patients can improve the contour of their breasts as well as that of their abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or love handles. Results from breast augmentation or reconstruction with fat transfer are considered permanent, though age and weight fluctuations can alter the results.

Breast Augmentation

Brazilian Butt Lift with Fat Transfer

Brazilian butt lift with fat transfer adds volume to the buttocks area with the use of fat from another area of the body such as the hips, lower back, abdomen, or thighs. This procedure is growing in popularity as more women seek a more pronounced backside and a smaller waist. Brazilian butt lift with fat transfer results can be expected to last many years, up to decades.

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Facial Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting

Fat grafting offers a more natural and longer-lasting alternative to synthetic dermal fillers and can be used throughout the face to achieve a naturally fuller look. It is commonly used to restore volume, reduce sagging, and smooth wrinkles in areas such as the forehead, temples, around the eyes, nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin, and jawline. While fat transfers in the face do not protect against future aging, results can be expected to last several years.

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Hand Rejuvenation with Fat Grafting

Hand rejuvenation is an effective and long-lasting treatment for the loss of volume in the backs of the hands due to aging. The introduction of additional fat into the hands reduces the appearance of bones, veins, and tendons to achieve a more youthful appearance. Results from hand rejuvenation with fat grafting typically last three to five years.

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Dr. Steven Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery is a highly-acclaimed specialist in fat transfers and body sculpting. We strive to provide you with the best fat grafting Oakland has to offer. If you are interested in improving the contours or distribution of volume within your body with fat grafting and would like to learn more about any of the above procedures, please contact our office during regular business hours to schedule your consultation.


Can your body reject transferred fat?

Are fat transfers permanent?

What are the side effects of fat grafting?

Can your body reject transferred fat?

Because the fat used in fat grafting comes directly from the patient’s body, the body tends to accept it easier than it would through a fat donor. Generally, about 10-20% of the fat injected into the body winds up not being accepted. These cells are naturally processed through the body and eliminated over time and do not complicate the procedure.

Are fat transfers permanent?

Yes, and no. When fat is injected into a new part of the body, about 10-20% of it is lost within the first few weeks. In cases in which larger volumes of fat have been injected, the remaining transferred fat is permanent. However, smaller volumes of injected fat may gradually diminish over the course of years.

What are the side effects of fat grafting?

Some side effects associated with fat grafting are scarring (minimal), loss of a portion of fat from the recipient area, bruising, and temporary numbness.

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