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Fat grafting is a natural, safe, and effective choice for anyone looking to gain more volume or shape in their face, breasts, buttocks, or hands — resulting in a more luscious, full, and curvy figure that leaves you feeling sexy and confident.

What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting is a two-in-one process where we extract fat from one body area, such as your abdomen or thighs, and relocate it to another part of your body. The fat cells, once placed into the target area, re-integrate into your body with a natural blood supply and leave with you enhanced volume that can last a lifetime. Fat grafting offers two incredible results:

  • Increased volume and curves in the target area
  • A more slimmed, toned profile in the donor area

Fat grafting is one of our favorite tools, and our patients love the long-lasting results.

Which areas can benefit from fat grafting?

Fat grafting is one of the most versatile treatments that Dr. Courtney offers. Since fat grafting uses your own fatty tissues, it is safe to add to many different areas of your body:


We can use fat in place of dermal fillers to provide long-lasting facial volume and rejuvenation. Fat lasts longer than fillers and can smooth away wrinkles and volumize aging cheeks.


Boost your breast volume with fat grafting for what we call a “contoured breast augmentation,” a natural, long-lasting enhancement. Adding extra fat into the breasts can help to cover breast implants for a more natural shape. Fat grafting can also offer a moderate size increase without implants. Many women choose fat grafting to regain their pre-pregnancy curves after baby.


Fat grafting can help you to achieve a shapelier derrière. Our Brazilian butt lift (BBL) uses fat to volumize the buttocks for sexier, fuller curves.


Fat grafting on the hands ensures your hands are always ready for a close-up. Show off your manicure with pride!

We can also use fat grafting to complement another procedure. To find out what methods will be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Courtney’s team today.

Am I a candidate?

Fat grafting requires that you have some excess fat. It does not take a lot, and most patients have plenty for the procedure — even if you are generally toned and in shape. If your body type is naturally very trim, we can explore other options with you for enhancement. Patients should be non-smokers and in good health. We will carefully review your health history before surgery to ensure this procedure is a safe treatment option.

The fat grafting procedure

Fat grafting takes place in stages. On the day of your surgery, we will extract your fat, prepare it, and transfer it to a new area. The entire procedure is completed in one appointment to ensure the harvested fat cells are healthy and fresh. We always use your natural fat for this procedure, never donor fat. A typical fat grafting procedure takes between two and three hours. This time accounts for all stages of the process from extraction to transfer.

  • Extraction: We begin the procedure by extracting fat through liposuction. We create small incisions, just big enough to insert a thin metal tube, and use suction to dislodge and remove fat gently. During extraction, Dr. Courtney carefully shapes and contours the donor area. Fat grafting transforms two parts of the body: the body area where fat has been removed, and the location to which it is transferred. The amount of fat we extract will reflect what we are treating. For example, fat grafting to the hands or face requires less fat than a Brazilian butt lift.
  • Preparation: We will clean, concentrate, and place your fat into syringes. We use a specialized device to prepare the fat for transfer. Through our expert preparation, we will minimize fat loss after extraction for an even and consistent result.
  • Fat Transfer: When the fat is ready, we will carefully inject it into the transfer area. Dr. Courtney will perform a series of small injections, carefully layering fat with the surrounding tissue. This specialized process increases fat survival rates and creates soft, rounded contours that look very natural.

Why choose Dr. Courtney?

Over his years in practice, Dr. Courtney has earned a reputation for his compassionate and understanding bedside manner. He has dedicated his professional life to helping people achieve the most attractive version of themselves — a goal he strives for each and every day. Having been mentored by prominent plastic surgeons at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dr. Courtney maintains professional skill with every procedure he performs.

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Recovery after fat grafting

Your recovery experience after fat grafting will reflect the areas treated and the extent of your surgery. It would be best if you planned on taking one to two weeks off from work, as you will be tender in both the extraction and the transfer area. It is imperative that you wear the surgical garments during your recovery. Dr. Courtney understands the importance of comfort and rest during recovery. He will provide detailed instructions and medications as needed to keep you comfortable throughout healing.

Rest after fat grafting is critical

It’s essential to minimize disruption to the newly transferred fat cells during recovery. Patients receiving a fat transfer to the buttocks will need to avoid sitting during the initial phase of recovery. Dr. Courtney provides detailed recovery instructions and will meet with you several times to monitor your healing. We are always available if you have questions or concerns.

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How long will my results last?

Fat grafting offers long-lasting volume. Some of the initial fat cells are lost during the healing process, but once you have recovered, the remaining fat should last for years or even decades. Most patients enjoy the results for the rest of their life. Your contours may change if you lose or gain significant weight, so we recommend maintaining a consistent weight after your fat grafting procedure.

How much work will I miss after fat grafting?

Most patients are ready to return to work within two weeks of a fat grafting procedure. The amount of downtime will reflect the areas treated and how comfortable you are with post-procedure redness or swelling. Your duties at work also play a role, as more physically-demanding jobs may require more time off. During your consultation, Dr. Courtney will help you understand what to expect with your surgery so you can arrange for time off before your procedure.

I want more breast volume. Can I pair fat grafting with implants?

We can perform fat grafting on its own or pair it with implants. In the buttocks area, we find that fat alone works better than implants. Using our specialized fat grafting techniques, we can achieve excellent results using only fat. Fat grafting can be combined with breast implants for a soft, natural look.

How much fat is needed for fat transfer?

The amount of fat needed for fat transfer depends on the areas treated.

Where will we collect fat for grafting?

Fat cells can be harvested from several areas of the body. Dr. Courtney harvests fat from a site that will enhance your overall look. For example, removing fat from the waist and flanks can create hourglass curves when paired with fat transfer to the buttocks.

How much does fat grafting cost in Houston, TX?

Pricing for this procedure depends on many factors, including the amount of fat transferred and the areas selected for fat harvest and transfer. We will provide detailed pricing information at your consultation.

To learn more about how we can enhance your body’s curves with fat grafting, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Courtney.

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