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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted September 17, 2019 in Fat Transfer Surgery

For thousands of patients, liposuction helps get rid of the stubborn fat exercise and diet can’t touch, melting it away forever. So it can be mind-boggling to think of adding some fat back to truly get that killer body shape.

But a little bit of fat can do a body good—at least when it comes to the fat transfer procedure. After liposuction slims the body, transferred fat increases volume in other areas and enhances curves for the ultimate body contouring.

What Is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a versatile cosmetic treatment that can enhance nearly any area of the face and body. Because it uses the patient’s own fat tissue, there’s no risk of rejection, and improvement looks more natural than with other filler products or implants methods.


Fat graft before and after vector illustration.

Fat Transfer Step 1: Liposuction

Using liposuction, Dr. Taranow will first extract the fat cells needed for the transfer, typically from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, or arms. The fat is extracted via a cannula, or small tube, that suctions out the needed fat.

Liposuction continues to be among the most sought-after cosmetic procedures (in 2018, liposuction was second only to breast augmentation as the most popular procedure). It’s a crucial segment of any fat transfer procedure, and the removal of fat itself serves as a way to reshape body contours to the patient’s liking.

Fat Transfer Step 2: Purification of the Fat

After extraction, the fat cells are put through a special purification process to prepare them for injection. This leaves only the healthiest, strongest fat cells to be used in the transfer.

Fat Transfer Step 3: Strategic Injection of the Fat

Purified fat cells are carefully injected into target areas for enhancement.

Typical areas enhanced with fat transfer include the:

  • Buttocks (adds volume and improves shape)
  • Breasts (adds volume and improves shape)
  • Face (fills hollows and softens wrinkles and lines)

What Fat Does for The Body

Fat plays a major role in the shape of the body—having too much or too little fat can alter the appearance in ways both subtle and drastic. Fat transfer simply balances the scales of a naturally occurring equation by giving patients control over where that extra fat goes.

Get a Better Booty

Fat transfer is at the heart of the popular Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure, which uses fat cells to naturally plump up the buttocks for a larger, curvier backside. Dr. Taranow uses strategic applications, injecting the fat in thin layers for the most natural-looking results.


Close up sexy fitness butt of an athletic young girl at the gym.

BBL is the most popular procedure for patients who want a plumper backside; 94 percent of all buttock augmentation procedures undergone in 2018 used the fat transfer method.

Sculpt Killer Abs

The abdomen is one of the hardest areas to eliminate fat from naturally, making it an ideal donor location for liposuction and fat transfer. The fat removal is permanent, which means the removed fat cells won’t come back. With less fat in the abdomen, the muscles underneath can show through more easily. Add exercise and diet, and the result is often more sculpted, defined abs.

Shape the Thighs and Hips

The thighs and hips are common areas of fat accumulation, making them popular liposuction extraction sites. On the other hand, fat transfer is also used to subtly accentuate the hips for a rounder, more feminine shape. Whatever process is used, the result is much the same: thighs and hips that are shapelier and a better fit for your body.

Have More Questions About Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer offers a rare win-win situation in which the body is simultaneously sculpted and enhanced for the ultimate improvement.

If you’d like to learn more about fat transfer, contact us online or call our office at 212-772-2100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow.