About Fat Transfers
As an individual loses weight or ages, they may lose fullness in certain body parts where volume once existed. One way to regain lost volume is through a cosmetic treatment known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). This process removes fat from one or more areas on the body and transfers it into another area that needs additional volume. A fat transfer can be performed on large areas such as the buttocks or on small features such as the lips and cheeks. Autologous fat transfers are commonly chosen when a patient wants a natural enhancement vs using implants or fillers. Plano, TX Dr. Jeffrey Caruth uses the most effective grafting techniques for performing fat transfers. This procedure at Plano Aesthetics creates gorgeous, soft outcomes.
Individuals who desire additional volume in areas of the body that appear deflated and flat may be the right candidates for a fat transfer. This treatment is even more advantageous because it offers a natural approach to create results by introducing the patient's own fat. Patients at Plano Aesthetics considering this treatment should be at a healthy weight and have enough fat to remove for the transfer.
During a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The exact type of sedation or anesthesia will be based on how much fat is being removed, including the location where it will be reinstated. AquaShape liposuction is performed first via a small, specialized cannula to delicately remove the fat, where it will then be separated and purified. After preparing the injection site, the fat will be added to the area of concern. This injection is performed in layers until even smoothness has been attained. For larger areas, multiple injections will be used and massaged layer by layer.
What to Expect
After a fat transfer, you will go through a healing period. Keep in mind there are at least two sites on the body affected by this treatment: the fat removal site and injection site. The overall recovery may take longer if a larger area on the body was addressed. For example, a fat transfer for the lips will generally only need a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a larger section, such as the breast or buttocks, can take weeks longer. The sites will appear swollen and red, but the results can be seen pretty quickly. The added bonus is the area that involved fat removal will appear slimmer. This procedure yields lasting, awesome results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, an additional transfer may be needed down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer 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, take less fat and time. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Caruth, along with pricing estimates and payment options for you to consider.
Where can I have fat transferred?
Fat can be transferred almost anywhere on your face or body that you want volume. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), breasts, face, and hands. A fat transfer may be combined with breast implants or breast reconstruction to correct irregularities. Age-related volume loss in the face and hands can also be corrected with a fat transfer, particularly in the hollows under the eyes or to add shape to your lips. Talk to Dr. Caruth during your consultation about where you would like to add volume so he can create your custom fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Caruth uses the latest techniques to purify and graft fat that minimize reabsorption. However, there is still a small amount of the transferred fat that does not attach to its new location, so Dr. Caruth typically adds slightly more fat than is needed. If you want to enhance or touch-up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer may be performed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Depending on where you want to add volume, there may be an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts and buttocks, an implant can be considered instead of a fat transfer. In your face and hands, Plano Aesthetics offers many dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Caruth will discuss all of the various options during your consultation so that you can get the results that will match your personal and aesthetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
During your consultation with Dr. Caruth, he will discuss how much fat is needed to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough excess fat for the transfer, but this is typically only a problem if you have a very low body fat percentage or you want a large volume of fat added to one area. Fat can be removed from multiple areas if needed or supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Caruth will discuss all of your options during your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
Take the Natural Approach
If you desire fuller lips or want to smooth out facial lines, this treatment may be a great option. In addition, a fat transfer works great for the breasts and buttocks. There are many options for cosmetic enhancement. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want without undergoing an invasive surgery that requires a lengthy recovery period or associated downtime. We invite you to contact our office to schedule your consult at Plano Aesthetics.