Areas That Fat Transfer Can Improve

Fat transfer in New York City

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, removes fat from areas where you don’t want it and injects it elsewhere to improve appearance. The area from which it was removed becomes more sculpted and the area to which it is added achieves desired volume.

Below Dr. Joshua Greenwald explains where fat transfer is used most often for improvement.

How Fat Transfer Works

During fat transfer, unwanted fat is usually removed from the belly, buttocks or thighs. Whether fat grafting is performed using a local anesthetic or general anesthesia depends on the volume of fat removed.

The process involves extracting fat from the donor area via liposuction, then placing it in a centrifuge. After dead cells and fluids are removed, the fat is then injected into the receiving area. The amount of fat necessary depends on the individual patient and the size of the treatment area. Multiple sessions are usually needed to achieve the desired results.

Areas Treated


Small amounts of fat injected into the face can restore lost volume, resulting in a more youthful look. Skin looks smoother, with improved texture. Lines and creases are filled.

Fat grafting can also be used to create the appearance of higher cheekbones. Sunken eyes can be repaired as well. While dermal fillers are used for similar purposes, fat grafting results last considerably longer.

Hands and Feet   

Age takes a toll on the hands and feet. Fat transfer can eradicate wrinkles on the hands and feet while plumping them up. Many people combine this hand rejuvenation with facial fat grafting to eliminate wrinkles there as well. Not much fat needs to be removed for hand or feet treatment, so in some cases the fat extracted is enough to treat these areas plus the face.


When used for breast augmentation, fat transfer can boost breast size by one to two cups. It also works for correcting breast asymmetries. For women whose breast cancer surgery left scars behind, fat grafting can smooth out those deformities. The same holds true for patients dealing with breast implant capsular contraction.


A Brazilian butt lift features fat transfer for augmentation. Fat grafting can reshape the buttocks to achieve a rounder, smoother, more contoured look.


Some women have little differentiation between the waist and hips. Their hips are simply flat. Fat grafting enhances hips, resulting in a more feminine silhouette. The procedure is often referred to as a “hip dip.”

Contact Dr. Greenwald

If you would like to know more about fat transfer and whether you are a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Greenwald invites you to schedule an informational consultation. Please contact our office today to request an appointment.

Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.