Fat transfer

Guide to Fat Transfer by Dr.Anna Avaliani, the body expert of NYC and the Non Surgical alternatives available

Dr. Anna Avaliani is a body expert of NYC and is Specializing in non invasive and non surgical options . Here are the top 3 products that can be used in place of fat grafting

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a cosmetic procedure that involves transferring fat from one area of the body to another to add volume, enhance contours, or improve symmetry. It is considered an invasive procedure because it utilizes liposuction and it carries certain risks with it.

Here’s an overview of how fat transfer works:

  1. It starts with Harvesting or collection of good, healthy, uncompromised fat: The procedure begins with the collection of fat from a donor area of your body. Common donor sites include the abdomen, thighs, hips, or buttocks. The fat is typically harvested using liposuction techniques, which involve making small incisions in the skin and inserting a thin tube called a cannula to suction out the fat.
  2. Processing the fat involves removal of the impurities, excess fluids, and damaged fat cells. The processed fat is then prepared for injection into the desired area.
  3. The purified fat is injected into the target area using small, specialized needles. The injections are strategically placed to achieve the desired volume and contouring. Common areas for fat transfer include the face (for facial rejuvenation or enhancement), breasts (for augmentation or reconstruction), buttocks (for augmentation, often called a Brazilian butt lift), and hands (to restore volume and minimize the appearance of aging).
  4. Integration and Healing of the injected fat cells stats after the transfer with the surrounding tissues and blood supply. Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body in the weeks following the procedure, but a portion of the fat typically remains permanently.
  5. Recovery from fat transfer varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the areas treated. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort at both the donor and recipient sites. It’s essential to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions, which may include wearing compression garments, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications to manage pain and reduce the risk of infection.

Certainly, fat transfer, like any cosmetic procedure, comes with its own set of risks and benefits.

Fat transfer offers several advantages over synthetic fillers or implants, including:

Natural product as it’s your own it looks and feels natural.

Longevity While some fat may be reabsorbed, the remaining fat tends to be long-lasting, often providing permanent results.

It can also offer dual benefits Fat transfer involves liposuction to harvest fat, which can slim and contour the donor area.

There can also be a reduced risk of allergic reactions or delayed hypersensitivity, since the transferred fat comes from your own body, there is a significantly reduced risk of immune mediated reactions compared to dermal fillers or implants.

However, it’s important to note that fat transfer may not be suitable for everyone, and results can vary depending on factors such as individual anatomy, skin quality, fat quality and donor site and the skill of the surgeon. It’s essential to consult with a board-certified cosmetic physician to determine if fat transfer is the right option for you and to discuss your goals and expectations.


  1. Unpredictable fat absorption and volume Loss because not all of the transferred fat cells will and can survive. Some fat may be reabsorbed by the body in the weeks and months following the procedure, leading to a reduction in volume over time. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired results.
  2. Asymmetry or Irregularities: Achieving perfect symmetry with fat transfer can be challenging. There is a risk of asymmetry or irregularities in the treated area, especially if the fat is not distributed evenly or if there is uneven fat absorption.
  3. Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection at the donor or recipient sites. Proper sterile techniques and post-operative care can help reduce this risk.
  4. Bruising and Swelling. Bruising and swelling are common side effects of fat transfer, especially in the first few days following the procedure. These usually resolve on their own but can take some time.
  5. Nerve Damage: There is a risk of temporary or permanent nerve damage, particularly in sensitive areas such as the face. This can lead to numbness, tingling, or changes in sensation.
  6. Complications from manual liposuction : The liposuction used to harvest fat carries its own set of risks, including bleeding, hematoma (collection of blood under the skin), contour irregularities, and infection.
  7. Pulmonary Fat Embolism: In rare cases, fat can inadvertently enter the bloodstream during the procedure and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially life-threatening condition called pulmonary fat embolism.
  8. Scarring

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure including and not limited to fat transfer, it’s crucial to thoroughly discuss the procedure, including its risks and benefits, with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

To see Dr.Avaliani for your expert non surgical consultation to decide which options are best for your concern, please call/text 212-673-8888 to schedule your in person consultation.