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Most of us have excess fat on our bodies that we wouldn’t mind getting rid of. With a fat transfer, you can remove unwanted fat and place the fat cells in another area you want to enhance.
Fat Transfer, also known as fat grafting, is one of the most exciting areas in plastic surgery today. Fat grafting is the use of one’s own fat that has been removed by liposuction to augment other areas of the body. While this technique is not new, improvements in equipment and technique have made it more reliable with more predictable and longer lasting results. The most commonly used areas for fat transfer are the face, breast, and buttocks, however, the technique can be used for just about any area that needs a little or a lot of augmentation.
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A fat transfer can be used to enhance the following areas:
Fat transfer is a useful method for breast augmentation, as well as correction of shape deformities after breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast reconstruction. It is also useful for comprehensive revision after breast augmentation. While breast augmentation via fat transfer is not the ideal choice for everyone, for the patient who desires a one half to one cup size increase, it does offer many distinct advantages including:
- No breast implant needed (all your own tissue)
- Soft, natural feel to the breasts
- No risk of implant-related complications: leakage, capsular contracture, migration of the implant
- Liposuction of unwanted fat done at the same time!
For individuals desiring a rounder, fuller buttocks, fat transfer is often the best option. It is often combined with liposuction of adjacent problem areas (lower back, flanks, thighs) to provide a dramatic improvement in the shape and appearance of the entire area. This is sometimes referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift.
As we age there is atrophy of the soft tissues of the face as well as of the bone (facial skeleton). While facelifts and other skin tightening procedures play an important role in reversing the signs of aging, filling the soft tissues is often just as important to regain a more youthful appearance. This can be done with many substances, but in some instances, fat is the most versatile and the longest lasting. It can be used to fill out the cheeks, hollows below the eyes, temples, and the lips. The jawline can also be accentuated. An added benefit is that fat transfer to the face often improves the appearance of the overlying skin.
Fat transfer begins with liposuction techniques to obtain the necessary fat cells. This will be done using small incisions over the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. The fat cells are then purified and prepared for placement. Through incisions adjacent to the target area, the fat cells will be placed for a natural-looking enhancement.
After fat transfer, some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected in both the fat donor and placement sites. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment to assist with the healing process. It is important to follow all post-op care instructions carefully to ensure successful healing. Once swelling has diminished, you can enjoy an improved contour where liposuction was used and enhanced features where the fat cells were placed. Results of body and facial contouring with fat transfer can last for many years.
Dr. Weider is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has a wealth of experience performing all aspects of body contouring cosmetic surgery. During your consultation, he will answer all of your questions and formulate an individualized plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. At Weider Plastic Surgery we are dedicated to ensuring that every patient’s visit to our office is a comfortable, educational and pleasurable one.
Dr. Weider, a native of Southern California, is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has maintained a private practice in Dallas, TX since 1999. After attending Stanford University, he obtained his medical degree (M.D.) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then completed a one year surgical internship in Los Angeles at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by a four year general surgery residency in Dallas at Methodist Medical Center, and a two year plastic surgery fellowship in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University.