Category: Fat Transfer

Good Candidates for Fat Transfer

We all have areas of our body that store a little extra fat, especially as we age. There is now a safe and long-lasting procedure that helps the appearance of problem areas and provides natural-looking results. In fact, this procedure is so popular that many people have it each year. Read on to find out if you are a good candidate for fat transfer.

What is Fat Transfer?

A fat transfer is also known as fat grafting or fat injection. A fat transfer procedure aims to even out the body’s appearance by removing fat from problem areas and transferring it to other areas that lack volume. Fat can be taken from the outer thighs or abdomen and be moved to areas that need it, such as the buttocks, breasts, face, or hands.

Fat transfers are not only used to sculpt the body but to restore youthfulness to the face and eliminate scarring or depressions in the skin. It is also useful in correcting contour defects after breast lumpectomy and radiation therapy.

The most common areas enhanced by fat transfers are facial areas such as the cheeks, lips, and hollows under the eyes. Other areas are the breasts, hands, hips, and buttocks.

Why Consider Fat Transfer?

There are many good reasons to consider a fat transfer. This procedure is excellent for patients who want to rejuvenate their hands or face due to lost volume and wrinkles. This procedure is also a more permanent solution to what dermal fillers can provide. Patients that want to increase the size of their breasts and buttocks might also consider this option. Many people also use this procedure to plump their hands to hide aging, so the bones are not as prominent.

Using fat as a filler is ideal for its permanence and safety. There is no risk of reacting to a foreign substance in the body since this is your own fat. It also provides patients with the most natural-looking results.

Am I A Good Candidate?

A good candidate for a fat transfer procedure should be in good health and within a healthy weight range. Good candidates also need to have an area of substantial fat that can be used as a donor site.

As with any cosmetic procedure, patients will be happiest with their results if they have realistic expectations of the outcome. Suitable candidates should research to understand what a fat transfer can accomplish.

What To Expect

During the consultation, your doctor will review your medical history and establish if you are a candidate for a fat transfer procedure. Your doctor will also discuss the specifics of the process and answer any questions you may have.

Fat transfer procedures can take as little as an hour or up to four hours, depending on the areas treated. Your surgeon will numb the site that fat is taken from, then make a small incision and use a syringe to remove the fat. The fat is then purified and filtered before it’s transferred to small syringes. The placement is the last step of the procedure. Your surgeon will then prepare the site that’s receiving the fat transfer. A needle is passed in and out of the area, precisely depositing the fat in a natural grid. This process may have to be repeated several times to achieve the most natural results.

A benefit to this procedure is that it is non-invasive, so the recovery time is very short. You may experience temporary swelling and bruise in the areas where fat has been removed and grafted. The pain is usually minimal. The areas that received fat should look fuller and softer.

It may take a few months before the results look complete, and the results are permanent. In some cases, touchup procedures may be needed.

To find out more about a fat transfer, including whether you could be a good candidate, contact us or call 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation. Let the Marvel team find the perfect procedure for you!

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?

Tired of spending hours in the gym doing squats and still not getting the results you want? You may be a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift. A Brazilian Butt Lift is a great option for those who are looking to not only shape their bottom, but also trim the waistline. This procedure uses your own body fat to enhance your shape and give you the curves you’ve always wanted.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that uses fat from your own body to shape your backside and enhance your curves. Using your own body fat will give the most natural looking and incredible results.

Some butt lifts require implants, but this isn’t the case with the BBL. With BBL, the surgeon can remove fat from the abdomen, back, stomach, or thighs. The removed fat is then purified before it is injected into the buttocks to create a rounder, shapely contour. Having various injection points gives the doctor the ability to control the contouring and final shape.

How safe is BBL?

In general, BBL is a very safe procedure. But as with any other major cosmetic procedure, do your research and make sure you choose a surgeon who is very experienced in performing Brazilian Butt Lifts.  

Another benefit of BBL is that it involves Fat Transfer (also known as fat grafting) to move excess fat from one part of the body to another. This type of procedure significantly lowers your risk of infection. Infection can sometimes take place if the body rejects unwanted or foreign substances. However, in a BBL procedure you’re using your own fat cells, which your body is more likely to accept.

Using your own fat will also give you a more natural curve and feel. Patients often wonder if the results are as long lasting compared to using implants. And, the answer is yes. Having a BBL offers powerful and immediate results

The Right Candidate for a BBL

Anyone who is not seeing the firm, round shape they would like to achieve from workouts alone, a BBL is a great solution. This procedure will give you the firm, round shape you desire. Those with stretch marks, cellulite, and loose, hanging skin, also benefit from this type of procedure as it provides an opportunity to tighten and tone.

The Recovery

There are at least a few weeks of recovery for anyone who undergoes a BBL.  Expect some bruising and swelling immediately following the procedure in the buttocks and where the fat cells were harvested. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help alleviate any pain. Some patients might notice fluid draining from the incision, which is perfectly normal. You’ll just need to keep an eye on it and alert your doctor if there is anything unique or different about the fluid change.

A critical component to the success of a BBL is not sitting on your buttocks for a few weeks. Sitting on your bottom immediately after your procedure will reduce the flow of circulation, which may stunt your results.

Following your doctor’s after care instructions is an absolute must.

Is BBL right for you?

The first step towards a defined backside starts with a consultation. Our consultations are completely free of charge and give you the opportunity to speak directly with one of our doctors about the results you’re looking for.

Ready to see if BBL is right for you? Give us a call today at 615-861-8174 to book your FREE consultation.

10 Gift Suggestions from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery

10 Gift Suggestions from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery

The holiday season is here, and that means Christmas shopping is in full swing. If you are looking for a unique way to show that special someone just how much you appreciate them, why not treat them to special treatment from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery. They can pamper themselves with one of our Medspa services or enhance their figure with one of our surgical treatments. We offer a variety of options, but we’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular treatments!

#1 Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment that reduces dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth. It is often used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, large pores and other skin imperfections.

#2 IPL Facial Rejuvenation

Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, improves the appearance skin on the face and body with little-to-no downtime. By treating broken capillaries and age spots (sun-induced freckles), IPL creates smoother looking skin through a process called photo-rejuvenation. IPL reduces redness and brown spots on the face, neck, hands, chest, arms, and legs.

#3 SkinPen

SkinPen uses fine “microneedles” to create microscopic channels in the skin. These channels allow products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in better treatment outcomes. The treatment takes about 15-30 minutes and can be used on any part of the body. As the skin repairs itself, new collagen and elastin production is triggered, creating healthier skin. Results are noticeable after only one treatment. Improvement continues with a series of treatments.

#4 CO2 Laser Treatment

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we achieve a quality of care and surgical results by incorporating the latest techniques and procedures in our practice. As advocates of minimally invasive procedures, we are proud to announce the addition of the Phoenix 15 CO2 Laser. Read on to discover the benefits. It can help with:

  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Hand Rejuvenation
  • Feminine Rejuvenation

With multiple uses, your gift can be customized to the needs of your special someone!

#5 Botox/Fillers

Treat your loved one to youthful skin with Botox or Fillers. Injectables and dermal fillers lessen the effects of aging skin by restoring volume to hollowed areas and restore the contours and smoothness of the face. These non-surgical treatments work in various ways to provide fullness and lift to problem areas by smoothing out wrinkles, plumping flat lips and correcting hollowed skin areas.

#6 Fat Transfer

Noninvasive fat transfers add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. Using your body’s own unwanted fat, the procedure can reduce crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a regular part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin that’s been damaged by trauma or surgery.

#7 SlimLipo

Give the gift of firmer skin with a SlimLipo treatment. SlimLipo™ is a liposuction technique that uses laser wavelengths to dissolve fat. With a few tiny incisions, this laser gently “melts” fat for quick and permanent results. Like other laser treatments, the improvements are multifaceted. Since the lasers stimulate skin cells into producing collagen and elastin, you can also tighten up the skin, so you aren’t left with any sagging or wrinkles.

#8 Lip Augmentation

Make every day a moment under the mistletoe with lip augmentation. Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that adds volume and fullness to the lips. The most common method is the use of injectable fillers. However, there are a variety of ways including fat transfers and surgical lip implants to achieve a plump pout.

#9 Mini Tummy Tuck

Give the gift of an enhanced silhouette with a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly, but with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. It renders a shorter scar, and primarily focuses on excess skin and abdominal wall laxity below the belly button.

#10 Mommy Makeover

Our Mommy Makeover is the complete package of services you can put together to address any problem areas that are a concern. The overall results help reduce the effects of childbearing on your body. Depending on what areas you’d like to address, we will help you narrow down what combinations will work best for you. One of the great things about a Mommy Makeover is that it is completely customizable and tailored to the needs of your giftee.

Best Cosmetic Procedures for Brides-to-Be

Wedding Day Procedures Nashville TN

Getting married is arguably one of the biggest events in a person’s life, and it’s only natural to want to look your very best. So in honor of National Wedding Month, we’ve decided to round up the best cosmetic procedures for brides-to-be.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Facial Treatments

For any bride, flawless skin is a must! From Vitamin C-Enhancers to Dermaplaning, facial treatments are an effective way to rejuvenate and enhance your skin’s beauty. Facial treatments are designed to nurture the skin, reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the skin’s overall quality and texture. Facial treatments should be scheduled at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding to ensure a radiant glow.

Injectable Fillers

Smooth out wrinkles, plump thin lips, and add youthful volume to cheeks with injectable fillers. Fillers will help you look refreshed and well-rested in every wedding photo. This is a good choice if you wish to avoid surgery but if you wish to avoid surgery but want to smooth out wrinkles and lines. Injectable fillers provide quick results but they should always be booked at least 3-6 weeks prior to the wedding, ensuring proper time for the injections to settle.

Non-surgical Facelift

A non-surgical facelift is much less invasive than a traditional facelift while still offering dramatic and long-lasting results. There are no incisions, instead, fat is harvested and transferred to specific areas on the face. The fat harvested is very rich in mesenchymal-derived stem cells. These cells have the ability to transfer into the cells that produce new collagen, elastin, and blood vessels—effectively rejuvenating the skin. Non-surgical facelifts not only provide a natural look and long-lasting volume retention, but the skin is left looking healthy and refreshed. For best results, schedule your non-surgical facelift at least two months in advance of the big day.

Surgical Treatments

Breast Augmentation

If you dream of a different silhouette or filling out your dream dress, Breast Augmentation might be worth considering. Implants can help to balance your figure, boost your confidence and restore volume to your chest. A breast augmentation is a major surgery that does require some recovery time. So if you decide it’s the right choice for you, it’s best to schedule this procedure at least 3-5 months before your wedding.


Sometimes referred to as a nose job or nose reshaping, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose. Rhinoplasty can correct structural deformities, such as a bump or hook, or even more serious problems such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum. This procedure is considered major surgery and should be scheduled at least 4-6 months out.


If your goal is to slim down before the wedding but are worried about the trauma of liposuction, SlimLipo™ is an alternative. SlimLipo™ offers all the benefits of traditional liposuction, but without the need for general anesthesia and the extensive downtime. SlimLipo™ uses an FDA-approved laser to liquefy fat on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and hips. This procedure is accomplished with minimal discomfort, bruising, and virtually no recovery period. Since this procedure offers a fast recovery, you can book this a week or two out before the big day.     

Dr. Jeffrey Marvel is one of the most recognized names in the Middle Tennessee area for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. To learn more about recommended procedures for brides-to-be, contact us or call 615-329-3900 to talk to one of our friendly staff.


4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

Everyone knows cosmetic surgery is an investment both emotionally and financially. The energy put into researching options and consulting with doctors should be rewarded with long-term results. Once the process is over, it’s often easy to forget that there are certain measures you should take in order to maximize the longevity of your results.

Here are 4  tips to help you get the most out of your cosmetic surgery.

Diet and Exercise 

It may sound commonplace to talk diet and exercise, but these two can have an effect on your results. If your cosmetic surgery involved body contouring and removal of fat, diet and exercise are vital. Liposuction does remove fat cells, but only in a particular area. This means other areas of your body could gain weight since they still contain fat cells. Without proper exercise and diet, you might find that other areas become trouble spots.

Tummy tuck’s and butt lifts require skin tightening. For these particular procedures to last, it is important to maintain the weight you were at the time of your procedure. Otherwise, you risk stretching out the skin and losing some of the results you waited so patiently for.

Skin Care 

With most procedures comes scarring. It’s a necessary part of the process, but most scars will fade if you take the right care. Sometimes the recovery time can take longer than you would like, but the worst thing you can do is Google your own alternative solutions. Your doctor should give you specific care instructions after your surgery on what is best for healing. Adhere to these instructions with care, as they will affect your results and the visibility of your scars.

Ask if your cosmetic surgeon has an aesthetician on staff. They can help by recommending specific moisturizers and creams to help the healing process. Because they work with your doctor, they will be familiar with your postoperative needs, advising you on only what is best!

Get out of the Sun

While recovering from facial surgeries or procedures, try your best to stay out of the sun. This is especially important since your skin will be at its most delicate. If being outside for extended periods of time is unavoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Better yet, bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day.

Avoid Excess

Excess drinking and smoking is definitely something to avoid after your cosmetic procedure. Most doctors will tell you to stop smoking before your surgery, but trying to kick the habit after is still helpful. Excess amounts of alcohol and cigarettes can accelerate the skin’s aging process. In fact, nicotine has an impact on your skin’s healing ability, not something you want when you’ve spent time and money to look and feel your best.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of the procedures mentioned above, feel free to give us a call at 615-329-3900 or click here to contact us


Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Cosmetic Surgery for Men

It can be disappointing to look in the mirror and see someone older than we feel. The effects of age, stress, and the environment can make us look older than we actually are. These factors don’t just apply to women, men suffer too. Although it might seem cosmetic surgery is strictly a woman’s domain, the number of men opting for cosmetic procedures is on the rise. Here we have listed some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men and what they can do to help reverse the signs of aging.


A combination of genetics and exposure to the sun can leave your eyes tired and sagging. With eyelid surgery, you can achieve a more youthful appearance. The process reduces excess skin and fat from around the eyes to brighten your look. 

If you suffer from under-eye bags or hollows, injections or fillers might be a good option. This process is fairly easy and painless but will require some maintenance.


Rhinoplasty can help reshape your nose for structural or aesthetic purposes. In most cases, the size of the nose can throw off the balance of the whole face. Rhinoplasty addresses many cosmetic issues such as shape and size to create a harmonious balance. This is a surgery that requires anesthesia so the doctor can make small incisions inside the nose and sculpt to the appropriate shape. 


If you suffer from excess skin and fat in the chest, breast reduction surgery could help. It’s quite common for skin to lose its elasticity over time. With excess fat, the tissue can become saggy and may lead to a feminizing appearance of the chest. With breast reduction surgery, the excess skin is removed and tightened. 


Sagging skin around the neck can be uncomfortable and can also create an illusion of being heavier than you actually are. If this is an area of concern, a facelift might be the right procedure for you. Facelifts reduce excess skin and fat to give you a firmer, more defined jawline.  The amount of improvement varies from patient to patient but is usually completed in one session. Pain and scarring is minimal with little recovery time after.


If your efforts at the gym aren’t yielding the results you desire, liposuction or a tummy tuck may be the option for you. Liposuction uses a small vacuum to remove excess fat from your body. This is ideal for those who have difficulty with small trouble spots and should not be confused as a weight loss method.

If you are looking to remove excess fat and skin from the waistline, then a tummy tuck is an ideal solution. This procedure is more in depth and requires more shaping and sculpting, giving you a smaller, more defined waist.

The results for both have permanent results as long as proper weight management is maintained after your procedure.

To learn more about any of the procedures mentioned above, book your consultation by calling 615-329-3900 or click here to fill out our contact form!

The Difference Between Injectables and Fat Transfers

Injeactables-Nashville-Cosmetic-Surgeon IGFine lines and wrinkles are a common issue for many men and women, but if you are considering a procedure to help restore your youthful appearance, you’ll more than likely be choosing between Injectables or Fat Transfers. We’ve decided to break down the differences to help you choose which option is right for you.


Injectables should technically be broken down into subcategories such as Botox or Fillers. Each performs slightly differently but achieves similar results. The biggest difference is that Botox paralyzes the muscles to help reduce wrinkles, crow’s feet, or frown lines etc., with results lasting anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Fillers are different as they are injected into the contours of your face not to paralyze, but to add volume or plump specific areas. The results from fillers are temporary like Botox but last up to year. There are various brands of fillers to choose from, so ask your doctor to walk through your best options.

Fat Transfers

Noninvasive fat transfers – or micro-lipoinjection – add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. Using your body’s own unwanted fat, the procedure can reduce crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a normal part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin that’s been damaged by trauma or surgery.

Still, have any questions about what option is the best for you? Feel free to contact us here and we will be happy to assist you with the decision-making process. Our staff is not only knowledge but always happy to assist!


Buttocks Contouring Nashville

For those of us who struggle to keep our buttocks firm seem to be losing the battle against gravity, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Marvel offers a popular new technique for buttocks contouring that incorporates fat transfer.

Fat transfer offers numerous advantages over implants and is a minimally invasive way to improve your body’s shape long term. Dr. Marvel can perform a fat transfer using the unwanted body fat from areas that could use some slimming down, which is an added benefit. The entire procedure leaves no scars and can be completed in about four hours. The result is a completely redefined shape that is safe and long-lasting.

To learn more about a fat transfer for buttocks augmentation, contact our Nashville office. today.