Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) in Houston, TX

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  • AnesthesiaLocal or General
  • Surgery LengthVaries
  • Recovery Time1 Week
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Fat injection or fat grafting has been growing in popularity in the recent years. Procedure entails removing fat from your own body and injecting it in the areas where you would like more fullness.  In the process you receive dual benefit of improving your contour through body sculpting and augmentation of the areas you would like to accentuate and rejuvenate. Fat for injections is most often taken from the abdomen, flanks and thighs and transferred to the breasts, buttock, face and hands.



Fat transfer to the face may be done as part of other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift or as a standalone procedure. The main reasons for fat injections to the face are to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, deep grooves and scars or to add volume and fullness which is lost with aging.

Volume in the face is lost with aging and is most pronounced in the temples, cheeks and lips. You may also start to notice deep and fine lines around the mouth, the chin and eyes. Fat injections may help address all of these concern without the use of foreign materials such as filler, but instead through use of your own natural fat.


What Are the Benefits of Using Fat for Facial Rejuvenation?


  • Minimally invasive procedure.
  • Procedure performed under local anesthesia.
  • Small incisions.
  • Can be combined with other procedures.
  • Your own fat is used (no foreign filler material).
  • Fast recovery.
  • Produces improvement in skin quality.
  • Produces natural long lasting results.
  • Does not preclude from pursuing other surgical procedures in the future.


Many patients are interested in achieving a natural breast size increase with their own fat. Fat transfer to the breast may be performed to achieve a modest increase in your breast size and is ideal only when you already have nice shape to your breasts and only desire some additional fullness. For larger breast augmentation, implants are still the best option. Breast lift procedure in combination with fat grafting or breast implants improves breast shape and may be needing in order to produce the results you are looking for.


Brazilian butt lift with fat injection to the buttock is a new hot procedure.  If you are looking to improve the shape and roundness of your buttock, this may be ideal procedure for you. Fat is taken from abdomen, flanks and thighs through body sculpting liposuction and injected into the buttock to produce your ideal shape. If you are extremely thin, it may be difficult to harvest enough fat to produce the fullness you want with this procedure. Women undergoing Brazilian butt lift should be at their ideal weight and maintain their weigh for long lasting results.


Are your hands giving away your age with wrinkled thin skin and unsightly appearance of tendons and veins? Injecting fat into the hands adds volume and corrects appearance of aging. Additionally fat helps to improve skin quality making it thicker and healthier thereby rejuvenating your hands.


What to Expect During Fat Grafting Consultation?

Dr. Bachilo will discuss your goals and expectations from fat grafting procedure. She will examine your areas of concern and evaluate ideal areas for fat harvest. Dr. Bachilo will recommend a surgical plan that will best produce your desired look and explain your procedure in details including any risks involved.


How Is Fat Transfer Done?

Procedure is performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia or under local anesthetic in the office, depending on the area of treatment. Small volume fat grafting to the face and hands may be done in the office and take about one hour. Larger volume fat grafting to the breasts and buttock is done under general anesthesia in surgery center and taking 3 to 5 hours.

Where Is Fat Taken For Fat Injections?  

Fat for injections may be removed from a number of areas and Dr. Bachilo will discuss this with you prior to your procedure. Most often areas for fat removal are the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs.

How Is Fat Harvested?

Fat for injections is removed using liposuction technique. Different method may be utilized depending on amount of fat needed. When large volume of fat is harvested, power assisted liposuction (PALs) may be used, and has an added benefit of helping to contour the body.

How Is Fat Prepared for Injection?

A specialized technique is used to prepare your fat for injection back into the body. Fat may be washed and gravity or a centrifuge may be used to separate the fat from remaining fluid. Currently there is no consensus on which method works best, therefore, your surgeons will use a technique that provides the best result to her patients in her hands.

How Is Fat Injected?

Small or large syringe are filled with the fat and a needle or a blunt tip cannula is used to inject the fat. Fat is injected deep and more superficial to produce the desired shape and effect. Surgeon will massage the area to distribute the fat evenly.


What to Expect During Fat Transfer Recovery?

Bruising and swelling are expected in the liposuction areas and injection areas. Pain from the procedure is minimal. You may use ice to alleviate pain and swelling over the injected areas and a light compression garment over areas where fat was taken. Most of our patients return to work in just a few days.



Fat Grafting Results

You will see improvements in your appearance immediately, however, some of the fat and swelling will settle down over time so your final volume will be slightly less than immediately after injection. Final results will be apparent in 3 to 4 months after a fat grafting procedure. For additional volume repeat procedure may be done 3 month later.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from a fat transfer procedure?

Almost any healthy adult can benefit from a fat grafting or fat transfer procedure, but not all candidates may have enough fat on their bodies in order to perform this procedure successfully.  The procedure is ideal for individuals who have areas where they have too much accumulated fat, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and buttocks, and areas where they want to add some fat to increase volume, be it in the face or body.

What are the dual benefits of fat grafting or fat transfer?

The dual benefits of this procedure is the fact that you’ll get body sculpting in one area, typically called the “harvest site,” from which the doctor will extract excess fat, leaving the area smoother, slimmer, and more contoured, while also enhancing areas where additional fullness is needed to fill in lines, wrinkles, hollows, or flatness.

How is fat transferred from one area of the body to another?

The procedure is performed in two parts: the first part involves extracting fat from the harvest site by means of liposuction, which uses a gentle suctioning mechanism to extract excess fat; the second part involves injecting that fat into the target area.

How does liposuction work to sculpt problem areas?

Liposuction uses a gentle suctioning mechanism to extract layers of fatty deposits from problem areas that have not responded to diet and exercise, such as the back, waist, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, or thighs.  When fat is extracted from these areas for use in the fat transfer procedure, these areas become slimmer, more contoured, and streamlined, producing an improvement in the person’s overall physical appearance.

How much does a fat transfer procedure cost in Houston, TX?

Because the fat transfer procedure is such a customized process, with each patient requiring a different amount of work in different treatment areas, it is difficult to come up with a general price range for this work. During your initial introductory consultation with Dr. Bachilo, you will be provided with information regarding the cost of your procedure as well as payment plans and payment methods for your convenience.

What areas of the body can benefit most from a fat transfer operation?

Both the harvest site and the target site will benefit from the procedure. So for example, if you harvest fat from your waistline and transfer it to your breasts, you will see reduction in your “love handles” while seeing an increase in volume at the bust line.  Typically, harvest sites may include the back, waist, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, or thighs, and target areas may include areas of the face, such as the chin or cheekbones, or areas of the body such as the breasts, buttocks, calves, or hips.

What types of results are possible with a fat grafting procedure?

Fat grafting produces dramatic visible results that create significant improvement in the appearance of both the harvest area and the target area. For more dramatic results, the fat grafting procedure may be combined with more comprehensive surgical procedures as well as other non-surgical treatments.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Recovery will vary greatly between patients because each procedure is personalized and unique.  Healing may take up to a few weeks, depending on the areas of the body affected, and how much fat has been transferred.  Immediately following the procedure, you may feel some soreness and swelling at both the harvest site and target area, but this mild discomfort may be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication, or Dr. Bachilo may prescribe stronger pain medication if you require it.  You may need to rest for about a week, and gently and gradually resume physical activities over a period of several weeks, after which time you will see the final results of your procedure.

How long do the results last?

Fat grafting produces long-term results that will typically hold up for years to come. In areas where the fat is extracted, the reduction in fat cells is permanent, though you may still gain weight in other areas.  Weight changes will alter your results and you may have to repeat the procedure.

How many fat transfer procedures will I need?

In some patients, one procedure is enough to achieve long-lasting results, while other patients may have to undergo follow-up treatments in cases where the body absorbs some of the transplanted fat cells and more volume is desired.

Do I need to gain weight for at fat transfer procedure?

If you are planning on fat transfer procedure, it is best that you are at your ideal body weight and weight you are able to maintain for a lifetime. Any changes in your weight will alter your results. Remember, this is your own natural fat and it will change as your body changes. If you lose the weight after procedure, the fat injected area will get smaller. If you gain weight, the fat injected area will get bigger. With fluctuations in weight you may also experience some contour irregularities.

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