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Fat Transfer

Leesburg - Northern Virginia - Loudoun

  • You will lose volume in place in places you don’t want to lose volume with age
  • You will gain volume in places where you don’t want to gain volume with age
  • Fat transfer helps to restore this balance

Your fat and contours will change in predictable patterns with age and weight gain.  For example, women can predictably gain fat bulges in the outer thigh saddle bags, lower abdomen, and flanks while losing volume in certain areas of the face.

Fat transfer as well as artificial fillers can be used to add volume to where it is being lost. 

Fat transfer is performed to restore volume loss or to simply enhance the volume of various areas of the body.  

Many areas of the face and body will lose its fat volume with age.  Loss of volume in any tissue can be visualized by imagining the visual result of deflating a balloon;  the tissue will lose its turgor and appear to sag.  Adding back volume will improve this appearance.  

Fat is first obtained by a gentle liposuction.  The fat can be taken from anywhere in the body but is most often obtained from the abdomen or flanks for convenience.  The fat is gently processed to remove any impurities, brought up into cosmetic syringes, and injected into the target site.   Patients with significant skin excesses may require the excision of skin if there if too much skin remains after the fat transfer. 

The procedure will take about 1 to 2 hours per area and is typically performed in the office under local anesthesia and oral sedation for small areas or under general anesthesia at the surgery center for larger or multiple areas


  • Lower eyelid and cheek junction – to camouflage the orbital bone
  • Temples to – reduce a skeletonized appearance
  • Cheeks and nasolabial fold
  • Lips
  • Chin and marionette lines



  • Hands
  • Labia Majora

Anywhere where you have unwanted fat bulges. The most common sites, however, include the abdomen, flanks, and thighs

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Hand rejuvenation
  • Brazilian butt lift
  • Breast augmentation

Recovery from fat transfer surgery will depend partially depend on whether your procedure will require any skin excision.  Patients who have only a fat transfer can expect:

  • All patients will be required to wear a compressive garment for 4 weeks
  • Pain is tolerable, but you might benefit from taking the prescribed narcotic pain medication for 3-5 days  
  • Final results should not be expected for at least 3-6 months
  • Intercourse should be avoided for 4-6 weeks
  • Sutures if any are removed in 10 to 14 days
  • Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks to help in the recovery process.
  • Most patients will take 3 to 7  days off of work

As with any surgery, there are associated risks.  Loss of any or all of the transferred fat is possible and at your own risk.  On average, patients will keep about 70-80% of any transferred fat.  Only you can decide whether the procedure can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk profile are acceptable to you.  

  • Local bleeding or bruising for up 2 months
  • Prolonged swelling greater than 2 months
  • Seroma fluid collection
  • Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
  • Loss of sensation although rare
  • Widened or thickened scar
  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
  • Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
  • Extra skin at the ends of the incisions
  • Under-correction
  • Over-correction

Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures.  Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees. 

The price of any procedure is reflected in the skill and quality of your surgeon.  You are paying for the skill, quality, and technique that Dr. Chang provides for your procedure

When done well, fat tranfer surgery will significantly enhance your physical appearance, so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Chang, rather than a low price. To help make surgery affordable, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center will help you find low-interest financing.

  • Mini Facelift
  • Laser Facial Rejuvenation
  • Botox

Many women choose to have fat transfer surgery because loss of volume in many areas of the face and body. The procedure, however, is viewed as a cosmetic surgery by most health insurance companies; they will therefore not cover the procedure.

Many surgeon offices provide payment plans to help spread the cost of surgeries that aren’t covered by insurance.

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Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang is dedicated to providing high-quality service that concentrates on the unique needs and concerns of his patients. He believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Chang is thrilled to be serving the greater northwest area of Washington, D.C. with top cosmetic care that is dependable and trustworthy.

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