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Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer)

Fat grafting may be used to treat undesirable scar depressions, volume deficits or surface contour irregularities involving the skin and subcutaneous tissues.

At Hogue Clinics, an autologous fat grafting treatment is an office-based procedure that involves harvesting of fat using local anesthesia, precision dimensional sizing of the fat aspirate clusters, then deployment or injection of the fat aspirate clusters for cosmetic enhancement, volume correction, regeneration of aged or damaged tissues.

What are Fat Aspirate Clusters?

Fat aspirate clusters is a term that refers to particles of fat that have been harvested, processed, and prepared for deployment (injection) as an autologous biologic agent. In other words, fat aspirate clusters are the injectable form of fat after harvesting and processing. Injectable fat functions to cushion, volumize, shape, and rejuvenate tissues that are aged, atrophied, depleted, deflated, distorted, and in need of tissue regeneration. Since fat is completely natural, it does not have the potential to cause an allergic reaction, unlike synthetic fillers, when injected back into the same person from which it was harvested from.

With advancements in biologic fat tissue preparation, the autologous fat grafting procedure is changing the ways in which harvested fat can be used for a host of clinical applications. Discover how Dr. Hogue has taken autologous fat grafting to a new dimension through his innovation and technical expertise.

Areas Treated

For your convenience, the following autologous fat grafting treatment categories have been established:


Autologous fat grafting is a key volumizing tool used by today’s fat grafting surgeon for rejuvenation of the aging face. Targeted injections of tiny fat aspirate clusters can restore volume to atrophied, depleted facial fat pads, thereby addressing a primary cause of facial aging. Loss of facial fat pad volume surrounding the eye and temple regions is one of the earliest signs of facial aging. Loss of fat volume surrounding the eyes presents a tired, hollowed, and skeletonized appearance. Facial fat grafting can be used for nearly the entire face, including the forehead, glabella, nose, temples, mid-face, lower face, jawline, and areas surrounding the eyes and mouth. Fat grafting is ideal for restoring a youthful, rejuvenated facial appearance. The results are long-lasting, often lasting years to decades.


For years, a telltale sign of aging has been the appearance of one’s hands. Aging of the hands often reveals thin or flaccid skin, prominent tendons and veins, and muscle atrophy. The dorsum of the hands is the opposite side of your palms. Unfortunately, this area is apparent and visible for all to see. Loss of fat involving the dorsum of the hands combined with thinning skin leaves underlying veins, tendons, and muscles to prominently show. With autologous fat grafting, instant, long-lasting hand rejuvenation is possible. Watch the Hogue Clinics “Autologous fat grafting to the dorsum of the hands” treatment video performed by Dr. Hogue on YouTube.


Autologous fat grafting is an exciting and innovative way to achieve a natural breast cleavage and natural breast appearance for women with small or hypoplastic breasts. If you are interested in natural appearing breasts and breast cleavage enhancement using fat transfer (fat grafting), then contact Hogue Clinics to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hogue.


Autologous fat grafting of the penis, known as the ManShot, is an effective treatment for increasing penile girth and overall size. To be an eligible candidate for the ManShot, the penis must already be circumcised. If interested in learning more about the ManShot, please contact Hogue Clinics to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hogue.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for an autologous fat grafting treatment is a healthy, non-smoking individual that is looking to naturally enhance or improve face or body areas that are amenable to treatment. Smokers will be advised to stop smoking for at least two weeks beforehand, and completely abstain from smoking for 2 months following their fat grafting (fat transfer) procedure. For obvious reasons, the ideal candidate should have a steady weight and possess a surplus amount of fat to allow for harvesting of sufficient fat tissue for the treatment to be performed.


The autologous fat grafting treatment involves local anesthesia and numbing, fat tissue harvesting by liposuction, fat aspirate cluster processing, deployment (fat injections), then discharge to home. At Hogue Clinics, a fat grafting treatment takes several hours to perform and is safely performed with the patient awake using local anesthesia, nerve blocks, and oral sedation. A routine follow-up visit is scheduled with Dr. Hogue at about 1 week, then periodically thereafter for 4-6 months.

Recovery and Results

Avoidance of smoking (including avoidance of second-hand smoke exposure) for at least three months following a fat grafting treatment is necessary to avoid a poor fat grafting outcome. Grafted fat, along with its intrinsic regenerative cell populations, provides both cosmetic and regenerative benefits to the treated area. Grafted fat is an alive, naturally-occurring tissue within the body. Grafted fat continues to show benefits over time, often for years and decades.


Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hogue, provides a complimentary consultation to determine candidacy for a fat grafting (fat transfer) procedure. Based on selection criteria, clinical indication, and desired outcome, a customized treatment plan is developed for each patient. Fat grafting requires expertise, experience, artistry, and technical proficiency due to the complex requirements and skillful know-how necessary to achieve a world-class clinical outcome. Dr. Hogue is an experienced liposuction and fat transfer surgeon with world-class expertise to provide his patients with world-class results.


A price quote for an autologous fat grafting (fat transfer) treatment is provided at your consultation with Dr. Hogue. Contact Hogue Clinics today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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