About Fat Transfers
When a person has weight fluctuations or moves through the normal aging process, they lose fullness in specific body areas where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a fat transfer. A fat transfer extracts fat from a place on the body using liposuction and injects it into a specific place that could benefit from additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be performed on widespread areas, such as the breasts or buttocks or on delicate and smaller areas, such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when an individual hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a device, such as a breast implant or a substance, such as a filler. Reston, VA plastic surgeon Dr. George Weston is skilled at using the most advanced liposuction and fat grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery creates appealing, natural-looking outcomes.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"Lipo, fat transfer to breast and scar revision - I had two c-sections for my kids and afterwards was left with a ‘shelf’ above my incision. It was really annoying and often would get itchy and swollen. I decided to meet with a surgeon to see about getting it revised and doing lipo round the area, as well. Finally, one of my breasts was slightly smaller than the other so I asked if he could transfer the fat there."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 16, 2019
"Life's short, live it the way you want. - After two previous consultations, I scheduled a facelift, trachea shave, and fat transfer. Couldn't be happier with the treatment, Dr. Weston and supportive staff, especially the outcome. I love it."- T. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2017
Fat transfer procedures are widely popular among both men and women. They are especially beneficial for women who desire breast fullness but do not want to have breast implants. This fat transfer to the breast is chosen by patients who prefer an autologous approach because it uses the patient's own fat tissue. By doing this, there is less risk or concern for rejection. Both women and men considering this procedure need to be at a healthy weight and have enough fat to extract for the transfer.
When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be put under the appropriate kind of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method used will depend on how much fat tissue is being taken out, as well as the area where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is completed using a special cannula to precisely extract the fat so it can be harvested and separated inside a centrifuge (which preps the highest quality fat for syringes). After prepping the injection site, the extracted fat will be transferred into the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting the fat is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, numerous injections will be necessary.
What to Expect
After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Remember, there are two different areas on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer for the lips will typically only warrant a 1 – 2-day healing period whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the butt or breasts, can take many more days. Each area will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed almost immediately. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will look slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting outcomes, but there will be some fat that reabsorbs back to the body. In some patients, another transfer may be necessary later on. There is almost no scarring that is noticeable with this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer cost?
Fat transfer prices will vary based on many factors. In fat transfers to the breasts or butt, a larger amount of fat is required so surgical liposuction is used, which means a lengthier process is employed for fat purification and then grafted where needed. Smaller fat transfers, like those to the face and hands, require less time and fat. The amount of volume required to achieve your needs and goals will be reviewed in your initial consultation, along with estimates of cost and payment methods we accept.
Where can I have fat transferred?
A fat transfer can be performed on most areas of your body or face where you want to add shape or rejuvenate your skin. A few of the most popular areas are the butt (typically called the Brazilian butt lift), breasts, face, and hands. Fat grafting might be performed with breast reconstruction or augmentation with implants to minimize imperfections. Volume loss caused by aging in the hands and face may also be improved with fat grafting, especially to add shape to your lips or in the hollow under your eyes.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
The results of a fat transfer look natural and can be long-lasting with proper care. Our cosmetic surgery practice employs advanced methods to graft fat, which limit reabsorption. Although there is generally a certain amount of fat that doesn't graft to the new area, we often transfer more fat than is required to ensure the right result can be attained.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Based on the area where you want to increase fat, you may have an alternate option to increase size and volume. In your breasts, for example, silicone or saline breast implants may be surgically placed rather than using a fat transfer. In your hands and face, certain injectable dermal fillers may be used for long-term volume and rejuvenation. We will explain all of your choices in your first appointment so you can attain the results that meet your goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
At your first appointment, we will explain the amount of fat that is required to meet your goals for enhancement. You might not have enough fat to transfer; however, this is usually only a concern if you want a large volume of fat transferred or if you have a very low body fat percentage. Fat may be taken from several areas or combined with donor fat. Every option will be discussed during your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,650 - $8,750
- Recovery Time
- 1-4 Weeks
Take the Natural Approach
If you desire fuller breasts or are looking to attain more volume to a certain body part, a fat transfer may be a great option. This treatment offers many choices for adding volume and fullness in the most natural way. We welcome you to get in touch with our staff to make your consultation at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery.