Fat Transfer


If you are looking for a natural way to enhance the face, breast, or body, consider fat transfer. Among doctors in Lexington, Louisville, and surrounding areas, Dr. Jared Nimtz stands out for his advanced techniques that use fat from one area to reshape or fill out another. Because the patient’s own fat provides the enhancement, results look and feel very natural.

What Is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, is a procedure that involves carefully collecting the patient’s own fat from one or more donor areas using liposuction, purifying it, and injecting it into areas where the patient wants more volume. A certain percentage of that fat establishes a new blood supply and remains in place indefinitely, so improvements are long lasting. Some of the fat does not survive and is gradually absorbed by the body.

What Can Fat Grafting Improve?

Dr. Nimtz uses this versatile procedure to provide a range of improvements, either on its own or in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures. The following are some of the treatment applications.


Fat transfer is a natural alternative to injectable fillers and volumizers. For facial rejuvenation, Dr. Nimtz uses it to smooth out wrinkles, restore volume to flattened cheeks, fill in hollows around the eyes and folds around the mouth, and lift a sagging jawline. He also uses fat transfer to add fullness and definition to the lips.


For women who want natural breast enhancement, Dr. Nimtz can use fat grafting to provide a slight increase in the size of their breasts and add fullness to the upper breasts or cleavage area. He also uses fat grafting to fill in irregularities after breast reconstruction.


Dr. Nimtz performs Brazilian butt lift procedures using fat transfer to create fuller, rounder buttocks. Common donor areas include the waist, abdomen, hips, and thighs.

In addition to adding fullness and reshaping target areas, the donor areas may be slimmed down and contoured.

Dr. Jared Nimtz

Dr. Nimtz is a Lexington board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly skilled, experienced, and truly cares about his patients. Through a conservative, classic approach to surgery he provides natural-looking results that are attractive and proportionate.

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How Is Fat Transfer Performed?

Fat transfer is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The procedure takes on average just 1 to 2 hours to complete with the patient under local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the areas being treated.

Once the anesthetic has been administered and the patient is comfortable, Dr. Nimtz collects fat from one or more areas of unwanted fat such as the belly, thighs, or hips using liposuction. The fat is then purified using a centrifuge to separate out fat cells, then carefully injected where it’s needed with a thin, blunt-ended tube called a cannula.

While the procedure may sound straightforward, it requires an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Nimtz to achieve maximum fat survival and to inject small amounts gradually and precisely for the most natural-looking results.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Cost?

The cost for fat transfer depends on multiple factors including the area being augmented, and the amount of fat collected and injected. After your consultation with Dr. Nimtz, we will develop a personalized quote for your procedure that you can take with you and review at home. We do offer CareCredit financing for qualified patients.

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What Is Recovery Like After Fat Transfer?

For about a week, expect to have tenderness, swelling, and bruising in both the donor area and the recipient area. Typically, patients are ready to resume their regular activities within 2 weeks of treatment.

To Learn More

Are you ready to discover how Dr. Jared Nimtz can enhance your look naturally with fat grafting? Request your consultation at Commonwealth Plastic Surgery in Lexington, KY or call (859) 277-9435 for an appointment.