Fat Grafting to the Buttocks

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body fat graftingFat Grafting to the Buttocks

Your own fat can be used to restore volume to the contours of the face and body, including the buttocks. Augmentation of the buttocks will add an aesthetically pleasing curve to a flat derriere and elevate it to a youthful position.

Candidates for fat grafting to the buttocks, which is sometimes called a Brazilian butt lift, are women who have experienced volume loss, either as a result of age, genetics, or weight loss.

Fat grafting has several benefits. Aside from the intended enhancement of the buttocks, the site which the fat was obtained from is contoured through liposuction.

The procedure is minimally invasive and preferred over implants by surgeons and patients. Since the augmenting material is a natural substance, the look and feel of the buttocks is soft with no palpable implants.

Fat Grafting to the Buttocks

There are several steps in a fat grafting procedure. First, the fat is harvested with tumescent liposuction. Common fat donor sites include the thighs, flanks, or abdomen where there is enough robust fat to use in the buttocks. To perform liposuction, a 0.5cm incision is made, just large enough for a cannula to fit through.

Tumescent liposuction involves the use of a solution that includes local anesthesia. The method allows for easier extraction of the fat and minimizes blood loss.

After suctioning the fat and closing the small incision, the fat is prepared to be transferred. It is then injected into the buttocks with a needle, no incisions are necessary. Injections are made in the subcutaneous plane above the muscel in order to create the most natural-looking shape.

Dr. Kessler performs fat grafting for the buttocks in an accredited outpatient surgery center using general anesthesia to optimize patient comfort. For most patients the surgery takes two to four hours. The length of the procedure will vary based on the degree of volume that needs to be added to the buttocks.

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Your Fat Grafting to the Buttocks will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.



The results of a fat transfer to the buttocks procedure are long-lasting. At five days post-op the stitches placed following liposuction will be removed. By seven to ten days the patients should be able to return to work. A special garment will need to be worn for four weeks to provide support to the new contour and reduce swelling.

Although work and other light activity can resume after one week, it will take two weeks before exercise and more strenuous activities can be resumed. Prior to two weeks post-op, patients should not sit directly on the buttocks and instead rest most of their weight on their thighs. Sleeping on the stomach or side is preferred.

Fat grafting to the buttocks results in little to no scarring. Swelling and bruising of the affected areas, as well as some discomfort can occur. The buttock volumizing procedure has many of the same risks as fat transfer to other parts of the body. Complications can arise in both the fat donor site and the buttocks.

Fortunately complications are rare, but may include excessive bleeding, infection, contour irregularities, and the need for repeat procedures. Risks can be minimized by carefully following the Dr Kessler’s instructions and keeping him informed of any health concerns.

  • 01 What is a Buttock Fat Graft?

    A Buttock Fat Graft, also known as a Fat Transfer, is a cosmetic procedure designed to add lift and volume to the butt; it will address problems that may result from genetics or the aging process.

  • 02 How is a Fat Transfer procedure performed on the buttocks?

    To begin a Fat Graft to the buttocks, Dr. Kessler will remove fatty tissue from a donor area elsewhere on the body. A state-of-the-art purifying process will separate and sterilize fat cells. Dr. Kessler will then inject the fatty tissue into the buttocks with a small needle, gently sculpting the body’s contour.

  • 03 Where does the fat come from?

    Donor tissue for a Buttock Fat Graft will normally come from a patient’s thighs, stomach, or lower back.

  • 04 Who is a good candidate for a Buttock Fat Graft?

    Healthy men and women, experiencing a loss of tissue elasticity or depletion of volume in the buttocks may make an excellent candidate for the Buttock Fat Graft procedure.

  • 05 Where is the Fat Graft procedure performed?

    Dr. Kessler performs surgery at a nearby accredited outpatient Surgery Center.

  • 06 What type of anesthesia is used during a Buttock Fat Graft?

    General anesthesia is normally used during the Buttock Fat Graft.

  • 07 How long is the Buttock Fat Grafting procedure?

    A Fat Graft to the buttocks will take around three hours. The majority of this time is devoted to the meticulous harvesting and processing of living fatty tissue.

  • 08 What can I expect during the recovery from a Buttock Fat Graft?

    Patients need to expect between a one and two week recovery period, after their Buttock Fat Graft. Some discomfort and swelling may be immediately noticeable, but these will quickly resolve. Patients should avoid sitting on their bottom for the first seven to ten days to allow for proper healing.

  • 09 How soon will I see the results from my Buttock Fat Graft?

    Much of the benefit from a Buttock Fat Graft will be immediately noticeable. The full results of the procedure will be noticeable in about three months, as the swelling subsides.

  • 10 When can I return to work after my Fat Graft procedure?

    Patients normally feel well enough to work five to seven days after a Butt Fat Graft procedure.

  • 11 Will there be scarring after a Fat Graft?

    No, as the fat is placed with a tiny needle, scarring does not occur after a Buttock Fat Graft.

  • 12 What are the risks involved with a Fat Graft to the buttocks?

    Buttock Fat Graft holds very low incidence of complication. As the body’s own fatty tissue is utilized, there is no chance for rejection or allergic reaction. On the rare occasion, problems such as bleeding, scarring, and permanent discoloration have been known to occur.

  • 13 How long will the results of a Butt Fat Graft?

    The benefits from a Fat Graft to the buttocks are permanent. Living tissue is utilized in the procedure. This will adhere to the existing tissue and continue to thrive, providing long lasting results.

  • 14 Can I finance my Buttock Fat Graft?

    Patients are welcome to pay for their Buttock Fat Graft with cash, all major credit cars, and healthcare financing. CareCredit is available for qualified applicants, and upon approval, can be used immediately.

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Dr. Kessler is the most caring doctor I have ever met. The minute he walked into the examination room for my initial consult I liked him and it continues EVERY time I see him. I had a lower body lift and my arms done. I am so happy with his work. He is a perfectionist and it shows....
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