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What Are The Side Effects Associated With A Fat Transfer?

Feb 19, 2020 | Body

While most people think that some signs of aging are due to wrinkling and sagging skin, the actual underlying cause is the loss of volume. Fat transfer (also called fat grafting) is the process of taking fat from one area of the body and using it to enhance a different area. At Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD, our team can help you restore your youth through fat transfer surgery. The advantages of fat transfer surgery include using your own tissue rather than a foreign material such as an implant.

During your consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz will review your options, such as fat transfer to buttocks, fat transfer to breast, and fat transfer from the stomach to buttocks. Dr. Schwartz uses proven and effective techniques to provide natural fat transfer results for the face and body. The ideal candidate for this procedure should have firm, elastic skin and have realistic expectations about their outcome. To learn more about fat transfer surgery, such as fat transfer side effects and results, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz in Beverly Hills, CA.


Fat cells can be found everywhere on the body, but not always in the best places. During a fat transfer surgery, unwanted fat can be taken from the abdomen, hips, and flanks and then transferred to another area for the purpose of adding volume. As with all plastic surgery procedures, it is important to have a thorough health assessment. At your consultation with Dr. Schwartz, we will perform an examination and discuss which areas are being treated.

Patients that benefit from fat transfer surgery are individuals who desire body contouring or augmentation of problem areas. For example, if you are not interested in saline or silicone breast implants, a fat transfer can provide a natural alternative without the downtime or risk of rupture. Others can use fatty tissue to restore lost volume in the hips and buttocks for a dramatic hourglass figure. This is also known as a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL.

Facial fat grafting with liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis at our facility under general anesthesia. The amount of time required for liposuction and fat grafting differs based on the amount of fat being removed and the size of the area that must be enhanced. The fat is prepared through a strict purification process for the best chances of success. When possible, Dr. Schwartz uses small incisions that result in minimal scarring in Beverly Hills, CA.

Once the fat is prepared, it is then injected into any of the following areas:

  • Fat transfer to buttocks

  • Fat transfer to hips

  • Fat transfer to face

  • Fat transfer to breasts


Although a fat transfer is generally a safe procedure, patients should be aware of the potential risks and side effects of surgery. Dr. Schwartz will offer post-procedure instructions so you can take care of the surgical site and get the most optimal fat transfer results. Patients can expect the treated areas to be bruised and swollen for a few weeks, so you will want to take some time off from work to heal. There is a chance that some of the injected fat may be reabsorbed during the first several months after surgery, but this is a common occurrence in most patients. Some fat transfer side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Temporary numbness

  • Some bruising and swelling

  • Small scars that may fade over time

  • Loss of some fat from the injected area


Aging, weight loss, and environmental factors all contribute to volume loss in different regions of the body. Restoring a fuller, more youthful appearance can be accomplished through the use of fat transfer surgery performed by a skilled and experienced practitioner. Procedures such as facial fat grafting or BBL are among the most exciting and cutting-edge developments in aesthetic medicine. At Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz MD, we understand that choosing the right surgeon goes hand-in-hand with excellent fat transfer results.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz performs fat grafting to resolve common cosmetic issues and turn back the hands of time. When patients come to our clinic, our team is committed to providing the best experience possible. To learn more about procedures such as BBL, fat transfer to buttocks, fat transfer to breast, or a fat transfer from the stomach to buttocks, reach out and schedule an appointment at our office in Beverly Hills, CA.



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