About Fat Transfers
When a man or woman has weight fluctuations or moves through the normal aging process, they lose overall shape in specific body areas where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a fat transfer. This procedure extracts fat from one area of the body, and injects it into a specific place that could benefit from additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be performed on widespread areas such as the breasts or buttocks or on delicate and smaller areas such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when an individual hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a device such as an implant or a substance such as a filler. Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang is skilled at using the most advanced liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Loudoun County creates natural-looking, appealing outcomes.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"So pleased with my neck lift and fat transfer. Dr Chang is an artist. Results were very natural and quite worth the price. I have had botox several times from other MDs-never a technician--and he does the best job. He set my expectations realistically and met them all. Tiny amount of bruising and scars are invisible three weeks later. If you are on the fence, just go ahead and do it before summer!"- D.D. / Google / Apr 07, 2018
"I had another excellent surgery result with Dr. Chang. Ten years ago he did a mommy makeup over on me, and I was thrilled with the results.In April I had face surgery (mini facelift, neck lift, upper eyelids and fat transfer). The results at 3 months look great. Very natural. I still look like myself... only 10 years younger! I had never heard of fat transfer, but that ended up being the change I like the most. My face didn't have a lot of sagging. It was mostly long and drawn out due to loss of volume in my cheeks. Dr. Change fixed all of that.My friends and work colleagues think I lost some weight, or got a new haircut, or took a vacation. The truth is it was all Dr. Chang's excellent surgery skills. You won't be disappointed, and his staff is wonderful too."- K.B. / Google / Aug 07, 2016
Men and women who wish to have more smoothness and volume in specific places on the face or body that appear visibly thin or deflated may be appropriate candidates for the fat grafting (transfer) procedure. This specialized enhancement is even more desired because it provides an autologous way to produce results by incorporating the patient's fat tissue. By doing this, there is less risk or concern for rejection. Both women and men at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center considering this procedure need to be at a certain weight and have fat to extract for the transfer.
When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be put under the appropriate kind of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method will depend on how much fat tissue is being taken out, including the area where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is completed using a special cannula to precisely extract the fat, so it can be harvested and separated inside a centrifuge (which preps the highest-quality fat for syringes). After prepping the injection site, the extracted fat will be transferred into the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, numerous injections will be necessary.
What to Expect
After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Remember there are two different areas on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer to the lips will typically only warrant a 1 – 2-day healing period whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the butt or breasts, can take many more days. Each area will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed almost immediately. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will look slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting outcomes, but there will be some fat that reabsorbs back to the body. In some patients, another transfer may be necessary later on. There is almost no scarring that is noticeable with this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly depending on a number of factors. For transfers to the breasts or buttocks, a higher volume of fat is needed, thus liposuction is used and a longer process is incorporated to purify the fat and inject it accordingly. Smaller treatments, such as adding facial volume, not only takes less fat but there is also less risk and time involved. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during the consultation, along with pricing and cost factors for you to consider.
Does it look natural?
Yes, a fat transfer looks natural if performed by a skilled, experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Fat grafting techniques have advanced greatly in the last decade, allowing for an easier process, faster recovery, and beautiful aesthetic outcome. Whether you are desiring to enhance your breasts, buttocks, the top side of your hands, or an area on your face, a fat transfer is an autologous approach that many patients prefer over implants.
How long will the results last?
While a fat transfer is a procedure that may not last as long as implants, it can offer beautiful, effective results that can last for years. New techniques in fat grafting and ongoing research as to how to purify and layer the fat during the transfer process helps decrease fat reabsorption, which is often a concern of our patients and something we discuss during the consultation. The use of platelet-rich plasma to help purify and enhance the fat cells prior to transplanting them have offered great results in recent studies. PRP helps to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.
Alternative treatments or considerations?
Just like with any cosmetic treatment, there are a number of options for patients who simply desire to increase volume on the body where an area looks deflated or hollow. For example, while a fat transfer offers natural, subtle volume increases for the breasts, implants are a popular alternative. In addition, for loss of facial volume, there are nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments that create excellent outcomes such as dermal fillers. We will discuss all of the various options during your consultation so that you can get the result that will match both your personal and aesthetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat?
This is, unfortunately, the case with some patients. Men and women alike who are relatively thin with limited fat to extract may not be candidates for fat transfers as they pertain to the body. We will discuss the best areas to extract the fact and analyze if there is enough fat to take to achieve the results you are trying to attain. For patients who simply do not have the body fat needed to complete this procedure, fillers, implants, or donor fat can be considered.
Take the Natural Approach
If you are looking to get more voluptuous lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this procedure may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer is an outstanding option for the buttocks or breasts. This treatment offers many choices for adding volume and fullness. This treatment can help you to achieve the look you wish without having to undergo a major surgery that might require a long recovery period. We welcome you to get in touch with our staff to make your consultation at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center.