WHAT IS a Fat Transfer?
As we experience weight fluctuations or age, we can often lose the plump and youthful shape in certain areas of the body where volume once existed. A terrific way to regain volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as fat grafting, also called autologous fat transfer. A fat transfer extracts fat from an area or areas of the body and then reinstalls it throughout other regions that could benefit from additional volume. A fat transfer can be used on large areas, such as the breasts or buttocks, or even on delicate features, like the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when a patient hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a medical device, such as an implant or a temporary substance, like a filler. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen is skilled at using the most effective liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills creates appealing, natural-looking outcomes.
What are the benefits of fat transfer?
There are many benefits of a fat transfer procedure, including:
- The reduction of fat from the transfer site
- Restored volume to desired areas of the face and body
- Firmer, tighter skin
- Less associated risks than with implant options
- A more youthful, contoured appearance
Fat Transfer Reviews
"I got silicone "biopolymers" injected several years ago and got skin discoloration. I have seen many doctors who all made me feel hopeless and that I was going to be butchered open. I made myself a promise by the end of 2019 I was getting this out. I found Dr. Katzen off a referral. I saw Dr. Mir and did not feel he was a fit as well as Dr. Gallerani. I was only have skin discoloration no pain, illness or health issues.I booked with Dr. Katzen paying for the cut procedure as this would hold the operating room for a longer time. His staff was all extremely kind, helpful and responsive.I finally met Dr. Katzen and although I had already paid for the much more expensive cut open technique surgery, he said I was a candidate for lipo removal. I cried tears of joy. During the pre op he thoroughly listened to me and my concerns. As well as my friends concerns. He did not rush me and answered all my questions and never made me feel ashamed. I spoke with the anesthesiologist the night before. Everyone was so friendly and warm. I woke up from surgery with my friend by my side, helpful staff. I was in pain ... but duh I just had major surgery. Dr. Katzen came over and rubbed my arm and reassured me I was ok. Most surgeons are long gone by the time you're awake. They helped me arrange a transport ($400) that took my on the gurney in a Mercedes sprinter and brought me into my hotel room and put me in my bed. All friendly and caring.They called me the next day to check on me. Post op I was so upset saying I will always have discolored skin. Dr. Katzen said no! Q switched laser. All doctors all told me I was going to be botched and discolored for life. I don't know where Dr. Katzen came from, but I am so grateful I found him.Currently 2 weeks post op. Will update. And I am looking ot get a fat transfer in 6 months when allowed."- E. / RealSelf / Nov 18, 2019
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR fat transfer surgery?
Individuals who wish to have additional smoothness and volume in specific areas of the face or body that appear visibly thin or deflated may be appropriate candidates for a fat transfer. This specialized enhancement is even more advantageous because it offers a natural approach to create results by incorporating the patient's own fat. By doing this, there is little worry for rejection. Both women and men at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills considering this treatment need to be at a healthy weight and have enough fat to remove for the transfer.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING a fat transfer
When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method used will be determined by the amount of fat is being removed, as well as the treatment location for enhancement. Liposuction is done with a special cannula that precisely removes the fat. Following this, the unwanted fatty tissue is separated through a centrifuge device and distributed into syringes. After preparing the injection site, the extracted fat will be added to the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting is performed in layers until even smoothness has been attained. For some areas, multiple injections will be necessary.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER a fat transfer?
After the transfer process has been completed, your healing period will begin. As you recover, it's important to keep in mind the two areas of the body that require careful attention: the fat removal site and the treated region. The overall recovery may be longer if a larger area was addressed. For example, a fat transfer to the lips will generally only warrant a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the breasts or buttocks, can take up to two weeks. The sites will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but your results will be seen pretty quickly. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will appear slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, another transfer may be needed down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.
Fat transfer FAQs
Where can I have fat transferred?
Fat can be transferred to almost any location you want to add shape or rejuvenate. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), hands, face, and breasts. A fat transfer may be combined with breast implants or breast reconstruction to minimize imperfections. 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 consultation, tell Dr. Katzen where you would like to add volume so he can create a customized fat transfer treatment plan that meets your goals and produces your best results.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
The results of a fat transfer look natural and can last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Katzen uses the latest techniques to purify and graft fat, as well as minimize reabsorption. Despite this, there is usually still a small amount of fat that does not appropriately stick to its new location so Dr. Katzen typically adds slightly more fat than is needed. If you want to enhance or touch up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer may be performed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Depending on the area you want to increase, there may be an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts or butt, implants may be surgically placed instead of a fat transfer. For the face and hands, our practice provides a range of injectable dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and rejuvenation. Dr. Katzen will discuss all of the various options during your first appointment so you can see the results that match your needs and goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
At your first appointment with Dr. Katzen, he will explain how much fat is needed to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough fat for the transfer, but this is typically only a concern 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 or supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Katzen will discuss your options during your consultation.
Take the Natural Approach
If you are looking to get fuller lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this treatment may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for the buttocks or breasts. There are many choices for adding volume and fullness. This procedure can help you achieve the look you wish for without choosing to undergo an invasive surgery that might require lengthy downtime. We invite you to get in touch with our staff and schedule your consultation at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills.
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