About Fat Transfers
As we lose weight or age, we can often lose shape and fullness in certain body parts where volume once existed. One way to regain lost volume is through a cosmetic treatment known as fat grafting, or a fat transfer. This process removes fat from one or more parts of the body and transfers it to another area in need of additional volume. A fat transfer can be used to fill large areas, such as the buttocks, or small features, like the lips and cheeks. Autologous fat transfers are commonly chosen when a patient desires a natural enhancement over using implants or fillers. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore uses the most effective grafting techniques for performing fat transfers at his Midvale, UT practice. This procedure offered at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah creates fuller, gorgeous outcomes for patients with a variety of volume-loss concerns.
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Individuals who desire additional volume in areas of the body that appear depleted of natural fullness could be ideal candidates to undergo a fat transfer procedure. This treatment is even more potentially advantageous in comparison to others because it offers a natural approach to create results by utilizing the patient's own existing fat. With this method, there is little worry for infection or rejection. Patients at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah considering this treatment should be at a healthy weight and have an adequate amount of fat to remove for the transfer.
During a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The particular type of sedation you are administered will depend on the amount of fat being removed and the area it is to be relocated. Liposuction is performed first via a small, specialized cannula to delicately remove the fat. From there, it will be separated and purified through a centrifuge (which prepares the healthy fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the fat will be distributed to the target area. This injection is performed in layers until even smoothness has been achieved. 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 that there are at least two sites on the body affected by this treatment: the fat removal site and the injection site. Your overall recovery may take longer if a larger area on the body was addressed. For example, a fat transfer for lip enhancement will generally only need a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a larger section, such as the breasts or buttocks, can take weeks longer to fully heal. The sites will appear swollen and red, but the results will be seen fairly quickly following treatment. An added bonus is that the area targeted for fat removal will appear slimmer. Although this procedure yields lasting, stunning results, there will be a small amount of fat that is reabsorbed into 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 of 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. Therefore, liposuction is performed and a longer process is incorporated to purify the fat and inject it accordingly. Smaller treatments, such as adding facial volume, require less fat and time. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Moore 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 for which you desire more volume. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), face, breasts, 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. During your private consultation, you and Dr. Moore will discuss 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. Moore uses the latest techniques to purify and graft fat to minimize reabsorption. However, there is still usually a small amount of the transferred fat that does not attach effectively to its new location so Dr. Moore typically adds slightly more fat than is needed to account for this. If you would like to enhance or touch-up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer can 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. For your face and hands, which are more delicate, Dr. Moore offers many dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Moore will discuss all of your many 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. Moore, he will discuss how much fat is needed to achieve your goals. In some cases, one 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 it can be supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Moore will discuss all of your options during your private consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
Take the Natural Approach
If you desire fuller, firmer skin on one or more areas throughout your body, such as the hands or buttocks, then this treatment can be a great option. Fat transfers work well to address both large and small areas that are lacking in volume, and there are many ways to perform this cosmetic enhancement. Fat grafting can help you achieve the look you want without undergoing an invasive surgery that requires a lengthy downtime. We invite you to contact our office to schedule your consult at our AAAASF-accredited practice, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Moore can give you his expert opinion and craft a personalized treatment plan to help you realize your goals.