As the years go by, fat accumulates in areas like the stomach and thighs. Meanwhile other areas of the body end up looking skimpy and deflated. Fat transfer takes unwanted fat from your own body and moves it to a more desirable location. This makes fat transfer the perfect option for those who want to plump up a specific area of the body without getting artificial fillers or implants.
The fat transfer procedure starts by harvesting fat from an area of the body where an excess of fat currently exists. From there the fat is injected to create a plumper look in the desired area. Currently, fat transfer is most commonly used to create curvier buttocks, enlarge breasts, fill creases in the face, and restore youth to aging hands.
The great thing about fat transfer is that the results in most cases are permanent. If you were to get filler like restylane, the results would fade after time. Many people who get fillers end up going back between 6 moths to a year later to get it done again. Sometimes the body rejects fillers and implants, so choosing fat transfer is a sure way to guarantee that your new look will remain intact and won’t cause you any problems like being rejected or becoming infected. These benefits of fat transfer also make it a good decision from a financial point of view.
Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure, with a relatively short recovery time. After receiving a fat transfer, pain should be very minimal. The recovery time seems longer because the patient will most likely be waiting for the swelling and bruising to go down, which could take about a week. Most patients choose to undergo only local anesthesia, but for larger areas sedation may be necessary. As a result, many people don’t need to have anyone give them a ride home or take care of them after the surgery. Statistics show an upward trend in fat transfers being performed each year. The procedure is very safe in comparison to other cosmetic surgeries, which makes it very desirable to parents or individuals who are often busy with work. For some patients, fat transfer alone will not deliver the desired results. You can combine fat transfer with other procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, or a tummy tuck.
Other areas of the body that can be treated with fat transfer are the lips and breasts. Lips become an issue for many people because they naturally begin to thin with age. No one wants raisin-like lips, and fat transfer is a safe easy way to reverse the problem. When receiving a lip augmentation, tiny incisions are made at the corners of the mouth and the surgeon inserts tiny strips of fat into the upper and lower lips. The plumping effect looks and feels softer, and more natural than other filler materials. Breast augmentation via fat transfer should not be a go to surgery for just anyone. It depends on the situation, but breast augmentation is usually used as a reconstructive surgery due to a breast implant collapsing, mastectomy, or a lumpectomy. Anyone thinking about receiving fat transfer should make sure they meet with a board certified surgeon. Dr.Angobaldo is a board certified surgeon who understands that every patient is unique, and will take his time to make sure you fully understand the risks and benefits of your procedure. Here at Renaissance Plastic Surgery the consult is free, and we will be sure to make your experience with us both informative and enjoyable.