The surgical transfer of fat can enhance your appearance by adding volume to target areas for a more desirable contour, as well as rejuvenating areas of the face and body to combat signs of aging. This innovative procedure utilizes excess fatty tissue from one area of the body that is refined, purified, and then injected into the target site you wish to improve. This transfer of fat, sometimes called fat grafting or fat injections, requires no incisions at the target site and can produce very natural-looking results. Fat transfer can be used to enhance, augment, or rejuvenate the following areas:
- The Face: Fat transfer can provide a more natural alternative to cosmetic injectables and restore loss of facial volume due to the aging process. This procedure can be used to address concerns including hollowed cheeks or temples, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, depressed tear troughs, and other deep creases or wrinkles.
- The Breasts: For patients seeking breast augmentation or breast reconstruction without the use of implants, fat transfer can produce a natural look and feel. By adding volume to the breasts while simultaneously removing excess fat from a donor site such as the abdomen, women are able to achieve an even more shapely silhouette.
- The Buttocks: The increasingly popular buttocks augmentation using fat transfer (also known as a Brazilian butt lift) provides women with a method of enhancing their feminine features without the use of implants. Fat transfers can also avoid potential post-operative complications that are associated with implant recovery.
During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will conduct a physical examination to determine your candidacy for fat transfer and if the technique can fulfill your cosmetic goals. The fatty tissue used in the transfer is often harvested from a donor area of the body such as the arms, thighs, love handles, back, or abdomen using liposuction. The recovery period for this procedure is typically 1-2 weeks. Since a portion of the transferred fat is typically absorbed by the body, your final results may not be visible until several weeks after your procedure. Patients who choose fat transfer can benefit from the redistribution of the body’s own fat for a more shapely, youthful figure.
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