During a fat transfer procedure, fat is removed from an area of excess, purified, and meticulously injected into areas that require more volume. The combined effect of removing fat and augmentation can create more shapely, beautiful body contours.

Why choose Dr. Hyman?

Dr. Hyman is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Hyman has decades of experience and has performed thousands of surgical procedures.

Our private on-site surgery suite is state-of-the-art, certified, and has a perfect safety record. It has been equipped with advanced patient health and safety technologies, and all medical personnel attending your fat transfer procedure are board-certified.

Your treatment will be performed in private, not at a busy, impersonal hospital or outpatient clinic. 
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hyman to find out if a fat transfer could be the best approach to creating a more curvy, attractive figure.

What concerns can be addressed with fat transfer?

Fat transfer can be used to augment specific areas of the body to create curves or restore a more youthful appearance. You can achieve beautiful results with a fat transfer procedure in the following areas:


Fat transfer can be used to augment your breasts without the use of implants. This method of breast augmentation involves minimal scarring and natural-looking results. Fat transfer to the breasts is not a replacement for breast implants. Only minimal augmentation can be achieved. 

Buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift)

If conventional fitness and diet strategies have not helped you achieve a rounder, more prominent backside, fat transfer can be used to augment your buttocks and contour the body. This procedure is referred to as a BBL.

Facial features

Fat can be transferred to the face to fill sunken cheeks, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, tear troughs, and wrinkles.

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How does fat transfer work?

Fat transfer procedures remove fat from one part of your body and relocate it to an area that requires volume. There are five steps to the procedure:

  • Anesthesia – You will be given a local anesthetic, IV anesthesia, or general anesthesia at the beginning of your procedure. You and Dr. Hyman will discuss the best type of anesthesia to ensure your comfort and peace of mind. For small volumes of fat extraction, a local anesthetic may be sufficient. For larger volumes of fat extraction, sedation via IV or general anesthesia may be recommended.
  • Liposuction – Fat will be extracted from your predetermined donor site via liposuction. Common donor sites include the abdomen, hips, and thighs. The fat is typically harvested with power-assisted liposuction by MicroAire.
  • Fat injection – The purified fat is injected in small amounts throughout the area you want to augment.
  • Purification – In order for the fat transfer to be successful, the extracted fat cells must be cleansed and processed. Decanting and centrifugation are necessary to purify the fat cells before transfer. The purification process separates any natural components that could interfere with a successful fat transfer procedure.
  • Recovery – Your recovery time will depend on your treatment and your body’s unique healing process. In general, you can expect to take a week or two off from work with some activity restrictions while you heal. Dr. Hyman will provide personalized instructions for your recovery and monitor your progress.

Am I a candidate for a fat transfer procedure?

Dr. Hyman considers multiple factors to determine if you are a good candidate for a fat transfer procedure. In general, ideal candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have excess fat in an easily accessible part of the body
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit for several weeks before the procedure and throughout recovery
  • Are free of health conditions that interfere with the body’s ability to heal
  • Have realistic expectations

If you do not have adequate fat for extraction, Dr. Hyman may recommend implants to achieve increased volume for the breasts and body.

Your complimentary consultation

Dr. Hyman has the skill and aesthetic eye to deliver natural-looking results with a custom fat transfer procedure. Find out how this cosmetic procedure can help you achieve the look you want by scheduling your free consultation with Dr. Hyman. Contact us by phone or use our online form. We serve patients in the greater New York City area, including Manhattan.

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