Fat Grafting in Long Beach

Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, autologous fat transfer, or fat injection, is a natural cosmetic solution for addressing the visible signs of aging or adding volume and shape. As we age, our skin can lose structure and elasticity, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and other unwanted changes.

A fat transfer procedure is a minimally invasive body contouring option. It has long-lasting results, which has caused it to gain popularity among patients and surgeons. Fat grafting in Long Beach offers patients of The Waltzman Institute natural-looking and feeling results.

What Is Fat Grafting?

During a fat grafting procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Waltzman extracts fat cells from one area of the body and transfers them to another to restore volume or change shape. Depending on the extent of the treatment area, the process may use a local anesthetic or general anesthesia.

Liposuction is used to harvest fat cells from donor areas, including the abdomen, thighs, or hips. The fat cells are purified in surgery and injected into the target areas.

Areas where fat could be injected include the face, breasts, hips, buttocks, or hands. Fat grafting is a natural solution to enhance an individual’s facial features or body shape. Since the procedure uses the person’s fat cells, the risk of allergic reaction or rejection is minimized.

Fat grafting procedures in Long Beach offer two valuable benefits. They improve the area where the fat is injected and help to sculpt the donor site. The results of autologous fat grafts are usually long-lasting and provide a natural outcome.

How Is Fat Grafting Applied to Cosmetic Procedures?

Fat grafting plays an important role in several cosmetic procedures, offering natural-looking and feeling results in an individual’s face, breasts, hips, buttocks, hands, and feet. Dr. Josh Waltzman at The Waltzman Institute uses fat grafting as one tool to help achieve your cosmetic goals in Long Beach.


Facial fat grafting can fill deep wrinkles, add definition to the cheekbones, and restore fullness to the lips and undereye areas. The results are generally long-lasting, and many individuals experience improved volume for many years. It is a natural method that provides a harmonious appearance with minimal risk of allergic reactions.


Autologous fat transfer is an option for breast augmentation. It offers a more natural-looking and feeling breast enhancement with minimal scarring as compared to breast implants. However, it cannot offer the options for size and volume that can be achieved with an implant. Fat transfers can be done in combination with breast implants to achieve the desired results. Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body over the first several months, which makes the possibility of a touch-up procedure necessary to maintain the results.


In some cases, the hips are used as a donor site, where fat is harvested and injected into another area of the body. However, fat transfer can be effective for women who are seeking a curvier silhouette or to help correct hip dips.


A fat transfer in the buttocks (also called a Brazilian butt lift or BBL) is used to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks without implants. The collected fat is carefully injected to create a natural-looking shape. The results are typically long-lasting, but the recovery can be challenging. An individual cannot sit or lay flat on their back for two weeks after the procedure to increase fat cells that remain viable.


As you age, your hands and feet can lose volume. Your veins can become more prominent, and your skin texture gets thinner. A fat transfer can result in a more youthful appearance for your hands. The results are both functional and cosmetic, with a minimal risk of allergic reaction.

Learn More About Fat Grafting in Long Beach

Achieving improvements to your silhouette does not always require implants or invasive procedures. We encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation to learn more about fat grafting in Long Beach. Dr. Waltzman can answer your questions and recommend the best options to meet your cosmetic concerns