About Fat Transfers
When someone loses/gains weight or ages, they lose that smooth and full look in various body features where volume was once plentiful. A way to regain this lost volume is through an aesthetic procedure known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). This treatment takes fat from a section on the body, and reinstates it into another area that could use additional volume. A fat transfer can be used on large areas such as the breasts or buttocks (Brazilian butt lift), or on delicate features such as the lower eyelid, cheeks, or lips. Fat grafting can also be used to improve scars and skin depressions following surgery like skin cancer removal or following traumatic injuries. Fat grafting and transfers are generally chosen when a patient desires a natural enhancement versus having fillers or implants. Our Elevate Medical Spa and Cosmetic Surgery team, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Thornwell Parker and Kevin Hanz, incorporates the most effective methods for performing fat transfers. This body contouring treatment at our Dallas, TX practice creates smooth and beautiful outcomes.
Individuals who want additional fullness on the body or face that appear hollow, thin, or deflated may be great candidates for a fat transfer. This procedure is even more advantageous because it provides a natural approach to create results by using the patient's own fat. Men and women considering this treatment must be at a healthy weight and have fat to remove for the transfer. Furthermore, fat transfer patients must avoid tobacco use around the time of surgery to ensure the best healing and outcome possible.
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"Breast Implant Removal and Liposuction - The staff at Elevate was amazing from scheduling my consultation down to the actual procedure. I had two separate procedures performed by Dr. Hanz the first one being a breast implant removal and the second one was liposuction. Dr. Hanz and his staff were very helpful in answering all of my questions and concerns. My continued care after the procedures has been substantial as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Hanz and his staff for any of your cosmetic needs."- H. / RealSelf / Jan 30, 2018
During this procedure, you will be placed under some type of anesthesia. The method of sedation or numbing medication will be based upon how much fat is being extracted, including the location where it will be reinstated. Liposuction is first used via a thin, special cannula to carefully remove and take the fat, where it will then be purifed and harvested through a centrifuge (which prepares the viable fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the healthy fat tissue will be added to the area that needs volume. The injection process is performed in layers until an even has been attained. For certain body parts, more than one injection will be needed.
What to Expect
Following this procedure, patients will enter a healing period. Keep in mind there will be at least 2 sites on the body that require healing: the extraction area and injection location. The overall recovery may last longer if a larger section on the body was addressed. A good example: a fat transfer for lip enlargement will generally only require a 1 – 2 day recovery whereas a transfer to more widespread area, such as the breast or buttock, can take much longer. The sites affected will appear red and slightly swollen, but the visible outcomes can be seen almost immediately. An additional bonus is the area where fat was extracted will appear slimmer. In fact, if you have ever considered liposuction, the addition of more liposuction can be easily performed, does not significantly change your recovery, and may be a cost-effective approach when performed at the same time. A fat transfer yields great results, but there will be some expected resorption back to the body. For this reason purposeful and careful overcorrection is usually performed, but sometimes a future touch-up may be desired down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Take the Natural Approach
If you wish to attain fuller lips or wish to fill lines and wrinkles, this treatment may be a great option. Moreover, a fat transfer works great for the body, such as the breasts. There are many alternatives for enhancement. We invite you to call with our front desk team to schedule your consult at Elevate Medical Spa.