About Fat Transfer
Achieving the ideal proportions and reducing stubborn fat in certain areas of the body can prove to be a difficult or even impossible feat in some cases. A fat transfer procedure, or fat grafting, could be the solution. The Face & Body Center's team of board-certified surgeons can perform a fat transfer, which involves removing the stubborn fat using liposuction and injecting it into desired areas of the body to enhance and contour your physique. Popular places that our Flowood and Jackson, MS patients receive a fat transfer include the breasts, buttocks, face (cheeks and lips), hands, or other parts of the body that need extra volume and shape. The fat is usually removed from areas such as the stomach, thighs, or buttocks to present a slim figure. Our team can meet with you and tailor your fat grafting procedure to your desired goals and body type.
Men and women are turning to plastic surgeons to perform fat transfers to plump cheeks, fill lips, and make the buttocks and breasts fuller and shapelier. Great candidates for a fat transfer:
- Have areas of the body with enough excess fat for liposuction
- Have areas of the body that are flat or thin and need volume
- Are allergic to injectable fillers, such as Radiesse or Voluma
- Need tissue replenished following a cancer removal surgery
- Have overall good health
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What to Expect
Once you are under general anesthesia or local sedation, an instrument called a cannula is inserted into the skin to suction out the fat. Incisions for this procedure are routinely very small and will be easily hidden under clothing. The removed fat is then sorted and purified before being put into a syringe for the transfer. Your plastic surgeon will inject the fat into the skin and perform a massage so the fat settles smoothly into the needed area. This process may have to be repeated several times, which is also known as a layered fat grafting, for the best results. You will see redness and swelling initially, but fat transfers usually have a downtime of 7 – 10 days and total recovery period of 1 – 2 weeks.
Patients receiving a fat transfer may need additional grafting surgeries in the future. As the fat settles into the new area of the body, it may become reabsorbed by the body. Fat transfer is generally an easier and more natural way to enhance and add volume to areas of the body than dermal injectables or artificial implants. Some patients may consider having dermal injections in the area(s) that need volume as a test to see what they do or do not like about the outcome.
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Weight loss, aging, and genetics are all reasons why an area of the body needs replenished volume. A fat transfer creates fuller, healthier-looking areas of the body without allergic reactions since it is your own fat. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about fat transfer surgery and your options.