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!