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 nearly anywhere on the body, it is most commonly moved to the buttocks, breasts, or face.
What Can Fat Transfer Achieve?
A Slimmer Appearance
What Are My Fat Transfer Options?
Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift has gained popularity 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.
Fat injections to the breast can also subtly enhance breast fullness for women who wish to gain a slight increase naturally.
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.
Before & After Photos
Our practice specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Our vast experience in these procedures are individualized to the unique needs of our patients to give them the best result possible.
Fat Transfer Recovery and Results
What Is Recovery After Fat Transfer Like?
Patients can expect mild to moderate bruising and swelling at both the harvesting 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.
Will I Have to Wear Compression Garments After Fat Transfer?
Compression garments will be worn around the harvesting 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.
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.
How Long Do Fat Transfers 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, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 much does a fat transfer cost in Birmingham?
Fat transfer cost will depend on the amount of correction needed, how much fat is being taken/injected, and the number of treatment areas. During your consultation with Dr. Jack or Dr. Oliver, you will receive an estimated financial plan based on your needs.
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 of 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.
What are the side effects of fat transfer?
Although fat transfer is a generally safe procedure when performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, risks are still present.
These risks include:
- Tissue loss