Fat Transfer

Address Sagging Skin From the Belly Down in St. Louis, MO

As recognized experts in the field of fat transfer, St. Louis-based plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Myckatyn and Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum participate on several international organization task forces and committees designed to optimize the effectiveness and safety of this versatile technique. Dr. Myckatyn is the lead author on a multicenter study, funded by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, that established the safety of this technique in patients undergoing breast reconstruction.

To schedule your appointment for fat transfer in St. Louis, contact our office by phoning 314-996-8800, requesting your consultation online.

What is fat transfer? Fat transfer is a procedure in which fat is harvested by liposuction from a part of the body where it is unwanted and then transferred or grafted by injecting it into an area where it can be used to add volume, fill a dimple or groove, or correct a contour deformity. Advantages to fat transfer include using your own fatty tissues rather than a foreign body injectable and the added benefit of having liposuction remove fat from an area where you don't want it. Also, your fat will last longer than injectable fillers, which will only last months to years before reinjection is required to maintain their benefits.

Fat Grafting

In general, 40 to 50 percent of the injected fat volume goes away within several months. To compensate, your surgeon may choose to overcorrect a treatment area, anticipating that some of it will go away. Another approach is to inject until an immediate correction is achieved, wait to see how much goes away, and repeat the fat transfer several months later. This is a safe approach in the rare event that an overcorrection of fat transfer unexpectedly does not go away. Also, if too much fat is injected, it can lead to hard bumps known as fat necrosis that may either get broken down and resorbed by your body over time or require surgical removal. Fat necrosis is more common when fat is injected into areas of poor blood flow, such as thin or radiated tissues, or over an implant.

Fat transfer is not a particularly new technique, but some surgeons have recently looked into ways to expand its role in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. At West County Plastic Surgeons, our philosophy is to offer our patients the most cutting-edge technologies, but only after we have studied them to ensure that they have a proven track record for being safe and effective. Currently, we have determined the following applications for fat transfer to be safe and effective:


If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with one of the surgeons at West County Plastic Surgery, please call (314) 996-8800

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