Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer to Face, buttocks or Breasts -near Los Angeles, CA – Adam Kinal MD

belly to butt

Actual Patient: Patient received liposuction, fat transfer to buttock and a breast lift.


Fat transfer is a procedure where fat is harvested (via liposuction) from one part of the body and then transferred to the desired area of the body such as buttocks, breasts or to the face to replace lost volume.  A Brazilian butt lift is an example of liposuction and fat transfer. Patients who frequently receive injectables such as Soft Tissue fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, etc)  may want to consider fat transfer as it is permeant and can be more financially appealing. 

BUTTOCKS – otherwise known as BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT is a procedure where Dr. Kinal will perform liposuction to harvest fat from areas that you do not want the fat such as your belly and then transfer it to the buttocks to give the patient a rounder, fuller buttock.


Patient received liposuction and fat transfer to the breasts.

BREASTS – Transferring your own fat to the breasts is a great option for women who do not like the idea of having a breast implant or just want a very natural, fuller look to their own breasts.

FACE -Whether by aging or simply structural changes over time, a person’s unique face composition can obtain an appearance that is unsatisfying to them. As we age, that area of fat that sits on the cheekbone just under the eyelid looses volume and starts to sag; slight in some, and quite a lot in others. How people perceive us when they see our face is outside of our control, as many of us have no way to change those facial features on our own.

HANDS– As we age, our hands give away our age no matter how good our face looks. Transferring fat to your hands can make the hands look smoother and more youthful.  Quick in office procedure.



Eyes fat transfer

Actual Patient: Loss of volume in the upper mid face was causing a hollowing look to the eyes. A fat transfer was performed to replace volume.








Fat transfer, otherwise known as fat grafting, is a highly successful procedure we use for overall facial improvement. Fat is harvested through a “mini” liposuction cannula, so to speak, from different areas of the body including the abdomen, flanks and thighs and then transferred to the face resulting in a more full and youthful face that has a very natural look to it.

For those that are looking to defy the signs of aging, this is a life changing procedure.  As one ages, the effects of gravity take effect.  Skin tends to sag and become more loose as the collagen reduces with age.  There tends to be a loss of volume throughout the face as we age.  There are temporary options to solve this problems, that include fillers like Juvederm, Sculptra, Restylane, Radiesse or Perlane.  These fillers are good for younger individuals because very little is needed to accomplish the goal.  Unfortunately, as you get older, you will require larger amounts and the cost can get overwhelming since they are temporary. With the fat transfer to the face, we can replace lost volume with fat and rejuvenate your face to the volume you once had when you were younger.  The results are amazing and will make you look years younger in a short period of time.


The face will be marked to determine the specific area you wish to treat.  This will be our outline and plan of action for injecting the fat into the face.  Next, the area for harvesting the fat will be identified and marked.  After the area has been cleaned, tiny puncture holes will be made in the harvest area and numbing fluid will be injected.  Once proper numbing is accomplished a special cannula will be used to harvest the fat to be transferred.  The fat will then be processed and prepared for transfer.  Prior to transferring fat, the face will be properly numbed to assure a comfortable process.  Finally, the prepared fat will then be injected into the chosen area.


The use of your own fat is the safest and most efficient way to restore volume in the face.  The fat that is transferred is considered permanent and will look and feel very natural.  Some of the fat cells that are transferred will not survive as the body needs to create new blood supplies to nourish the new fat.  Because of this, there will be some initial loss, but after 3 months the results are considered permanent.  Depending on the look desired, it may be necessary to get multiple injections to get it right.


Following the procedure, you will be swollen and potentially bruised for approximately 10-15 days.  In this time period you may not feel comfortable in crowds or public places.  There is not a significant amount of pain, but with the swelling, you probably won’t feel entirely comfortable.  This should not inhibit one from performing their job if they don’t mind people seeing them with a swollen face.


The fat that is transferred is your fat, so there is no way that your body will reject it.  Nor is it possible that you would have an allergic reaction.  Once the fat is transferred, your body will create a new blood supply to the fat to incorporate the fat naturally.  The area will feel like your normal face, just fuller.  The fat is your own, so it will feel just like other areas of your body.  Since the entire procedure will be performed under local anesthesia, you will walk out of our office and feel good afterwards.  The area treated will be swollen, but numb for up to 24 hours.


  • Your face feels too full – this is normal after the initial injection. You will be a little swollen so you will feel larger. The swelling will go down.
  • Cheeks feel firm or hard – this is also normal after the injections of fat. It will go away within weeks as the swelling goes down.
  • The face looks uneven or asymmetrical – Some of the areas may swell more than others which will make it look asymmetric. As the swelling goes down everything will even out.


  • Forehead
  • Eyebrow
  • Lower Eyelids
  • Cheeks/Mid Face
  • Chin
  • Jaw Line
  • Nasolabial Folds (smile lines that run from the side of nose to the corner of your mouth.)


As a Board Certified Surgeon and a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kinal has the experience and know how to perform this procedure and performed many highly successful procedures.


Your all-inclusive quote will cover the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, the facility fee for the operating room, and any supplies that may be needed. Post-operative visits are also included in the total price. Schedule a free consultation to speak to our surgeon to find out more about fat transfer.


  • Women and Men
  • Age 18 to 65
  • Non-smoker
  • Generally in good health
  • Desires more youthful face