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Fat Transfer – Newport Beach


Fat transfer surgery offers many benefits as an alternative to implants or injectable fillers. Irvine cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, uses fat transfer surgery for facial rejuvenation treatments, butt augmentations, and more. Patients who are considering surgery to change their appearance but do not want anything foreign, like an implant, in their body should consider a fat transfer to help them meet their esthetic goals. Dr. Bernett assures that every patient will leave her office looking and feeling brand new after undergoing cosmetic surgery in one of her offices.


Common areas for fat transfer include the face for facial rejuvenation. This includes fat grafting for under the eyes, within the cheeks and lips. Fat transfers are also common for laugh lines, as well as under the chin. One of our specialty procedures is gluteal reshaping, which involves a fat transfer to the buttocks, otherwise known as a Brazilian butt lift. Fat grafting helps to correct contour irregularities that may result from over aggressive liposuction and is often used during breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Finally, rejuvenation of the hands using fat from the patient’s own body can create gorgeous results, hiding obvious veins and tendons that become more apparent with age.


Patients that desire to have a fat transfer must meet the following qualifications:

  • They must have an adequate amount of available fat to extract
  • They must have good skin laxity and tone
  • They should be in good health and a non-smoker


Our talented staff will evaluate your overall health, the area(s) of available fat, as well as your skin quality. The area(s) to have grafting will also be evaluated to judge its suitability for receiving grafts. This evaluation will help us develop your individual plan. During the consultation, our team encourages you to discuss any areas of your appearance that concern you as well what you hope to accomplish with surgery. This will help us understand your goals and expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.


Swelling and bruising are expected in the areas where fat was removed and transplanted, although tl will vary between patients. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment may be necessary if larger amounts of fat are removed. Most patients can resume modest activity in 7-10 days if small amounts of fat are removed and in 6-8 weeks if large amounts of fat grafts are removed. Complete recovery from fat grafting surgery usually occurs in 6 months.


The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly. Factors that affect pricing include the area size of the transfer, how much fat is removed, liposuction method, etc. A complete breakdown of the pricing will be detailed in the treatment plan.


If you have an area on the body that has low volume due to weight loss, aging or genetics, a fat transfer may be a great option to consider. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our staff today so that we can assess the areas for treatment. Fat transfers result in a smooth, fuller shape and can be placed in areas as small as the lips, or as large as the buttocks.

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