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While the word fat usually carries negative connotations, fat itself is not a bad thing. Fat is what gives your face its youthfulness and your body its desirable curves. The difficulty with fat is that it often accumulates in undesirable locations while it disappears from the areas that need it most. Fat transfer is a minimally invasive technique that redistributes fat from one area of the body to another. While fat can be transferred to nearly anywhere on the body, it is most commonly moved to the buttocks, breasts, or face.
Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer offers an all-natural approach to body contouring and enhancement. This procedure comes without the risk of allergic reaction that is present with treatments like fillers or implants and is appropriate for individuals that have localized fat pockets on the abdomen, hips, or thighs, and desire enhancement to the buttocks, breasts, or face. Candidates must have an adequate amount of fat elsewhere on their body that can be harvested. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of their results.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
Fat transfer is a three-step process that comes with the dual benefits of removing fat from locations where it is unwanted while enhancing areas that are lacking in fullness, projection, and youthfulness. Fat cells are gently harvested from the abdomen, thighs, or hips via liposuction. Incisions are made near the harvest area and fat cells are carefully suctioned out through a small tube known as a cannula. The fat cells are then isolated and prepared for reinjection. Finally, the purified cells are strategically injected into the buttocks, breasts, or face to create a fuller appearance.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to enhance a flat, lifeless, or sagging backside. Fat is harvested from the abdomen, hips, or thighs and redistributed to various areas of the buttocks. These injections naturally graft into the existing tissue to provide the buttocks with a lifted, round, and full appearance.
Fat transfer to the breasts is an all-natural alternative to traditional breast reconstruction after mastectomy. This is ideal for women who do not wish to or cannot safely augment their breasts with implants or tissue flaps.
Facial volume loss naturally results from age and sun damage. When this occurs, areas such as the cheeks, temples, lips, around the mouth, and beneath the eyes become hollow and thin. Facial fat transfer can be performed alone or in combination with a facelift to restore volume and youthfulness.
What Is My Fat Transfer Recovery Like?
Compression garments will be worn around the harvest site to reduce swelling and promote skin contraction. Because the fat is injected, there are no incisions made at the transfer sites, and these typically do not require any dressings or bandages. Patients can expect mild to moderate bruising and swelling at both the harvest and injection sites. This may only last for a few days but may linger for up to a few weeks. Most discomfort can be remedied with the use of over-the-counter pain medication. Brazilian Butt Lift patients should refrain from sitting on their buttocks for several days. Most patients return to work and their normal activities after one week, and strenuous exercise can be resumed after four weeks.
When Will I See My Fat Transfer Results?
The results of your fat transfer are noticeable almost immediately. A certain percentage of the harvested fat cells will not survive, so your surgeon will inject more than is needed. Your final results will take a few weeks to settle and become apparent. Results of fat transfer are long lasting; however, significant fluctuations in your weight may affect this.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer
How should I prepare for my fat transfer?
To prepare for your fat transfer, we recommend:
- Stopping all tobacco use (smoking and vaping)
- Halting the use of blood-thinning medication (aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, blood-thinning herbal supplements)
- Planning time off work
- Establishing a comfortable place to recover
- Arranging for a ride home from the procedure
What if I don’t have enough fat on my body to transfer?
Unfortunately, fat transfer requires you to have excess fat elsewhere on your body that can be harvested using liposuction techniques. Usually, this fat comes from the abdomen, thighs, lower back, or waist. If you do not have sufficient fat, you may not be a candidate for fat transfer and may need to speak with Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack about possible alternatives.
How long will fat transfer last?
Fat transfer results are long lasting. While your body is expected to absorb some of the transferred fat initially, the remaining fat cells will last for several years. It is important to understand that the augmenting material is your natural fat and, therefore, is susceptible to weight fluctuations. If you should lose weight, you will notice a significant reduction in the size of the treatment area; however, if you gain weight, the treatment area will see the greatest growth. This is because the treatment area has a greater number of fat cells.
What other procedures can be performed with my fat transfer?
Fat transfer is commonly performed alongside facial procedures, such as facelift surgery, to restore facial volume or body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, to help create an hourglass figure.
This procedure can also be used in conjunction with implant breast augmentation to further enhance the volume and shape of the breasts.
Is facial fat transfer safer than dermal fillers?
While facial dermal fillers are very safe, they are synthetic materials, meaning that there is a possibility for a rejection or allergic reaction. The augmenting fat used for fat transfer is natural to you, and the chances of an allergy or rejection are extremely unlikely to occur.
In addition to reduced risk, facial fat transfer lasts significantly longer than facial fillers.