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What if there was a way to take excess fat from certain areas of the body and transfer it to other areas that need it? Fat grafting does exactly that. Fat cells are harvested from excess fat deposits using liposuction, after which the fat is purified and injected into areas that need more volume.

What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is a procedure to plump up facial or body features using the patient’s own fat. Fat grafting is an effective, minimally-invasive technique to slim and sculpt the body, and in the same procedure, add volume to the face, breasts, buttocks, hands, or feet.

Facial fat grafting is used to:

  • Minimize wrinkles
  • Add volume to areas with a sunken appearance
  • Augment the cheeks
  • Help fill in nasolabial folds (grooves from the nose to the mouth corners)
  • Reduce the prominence of scarring
  • Correct deformities

Fat grafting is also performed to:

  • Augment the breasts, as an alternative to implants for women who want a moderate
    increase in breast size;
  • Augment the buttocks in the Brazilian butt lift;
  • Add volume to rejuvenate the backs of the hands; and
  • Provide padding for feet in individuals experiencing plantar fasciitis or plantar fat
    pad atrophy.


  • Dr. Smith has extensive experience and a background that allows him to assess his patients from a unique perspective and generate exceptional outcomes.
  • He is a board-certified plastic surgeon, with a practice focused on aesthetic surgery and injectables.
  • His practice provides the highest level of service, including advanced patient safety protocols, personalized aftercare, and exceptional results, all in a friendly, comfortable environment.

What should I expect?

Fat grafting is performed on an outpatient basis. A local anesthetic is used to numb both the donor sites (areas from which fat is taken) and the treatments sites (areas where fat is injected).

  • Fat is extracted from the donor site using liposuction.
  • The fat is processed to remove excess fluids and other impurities.
  • With a small needle, purified fat is injected into the treatment site just under the skin.

What is recovery like after fat grafting?

You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and redness in both the donor sites and the treatment areas, which usually diminishes rapidly following the procedure. As some of the fat will be absorbed by the body, additional fat is injected at the time of the procedure, which may cause the treatment area to appear extra plump for a brief time after the procedure. You should be able to resume your normal activities right away.


How much can breast size be increased with fat grafting?

Fat transfer can increase breast size by one or two cup sizes in a properly-selected patient. It is also used to correct asymmetry and improve the shape of the breasts.

Can fat grafting help rejuvenate the skin?

Adipose tissue (fat) has a high concentration of stem cells – 300 to 500 time more than in bone marrow, as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Surgeons in New York City and throughout the nation are currently using fat grafts to rejuvenate skin, help reverse tissue damage caused by radiation, and treat autoimmune disorders of the skin. Dr. Smith is uniquely qualified with these procedures as he has conducted globally important laboratory work in fat biology and has extensive clinical experience with fat grafting in both aesthetic surgery and craniofacial surgery applications.


  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD

All photos are of models except before and after images.

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