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Fat Transfer in Phoenix, AZ

Many men and women have regions of their bodies where they would like less volume and other areas where they would like more. Sadly, fat never seems to stay or develop where you want it, and it feels impossible to remove from places you do not. Fat transfer is the ideal procedure for this dilemma since it moves fat from one area of the body to another to improve body, facial, and breast contouring.

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What Can Fat Transfer Achieve?

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Fat Transfer Procedure

Fat transfer requires fat to be taken from the body before injection. This is done in steps with liposuction
  1. The harvesting area (usually the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, or back) is numbed, and tumescent fluid is injected to break up the fat cells for easier and less-traumatic removal of the cells.
  2. The fat cells are removed through a cannula, and the undamaged cells are separated and isolated.
  3. The healthy fat cells are cleansed and prepared for injection into the desired areas of enhancement.
  4. The liposuction sites may be closed with sutures, and drains may be placed to assist with drainage and the healing process.
Excess fat is harvested from the body and injected into aged or hollowed regions of the face. Usual areas for fat transfer include the cheeks, chin, jawline, temples, forehead, nose, and under the eye.
Harvested fat is injected into various regions of the breast to add fullness and shape. This technique will only result in a small amount of increase but will provide a natural-looking appearance and feel.

Concerns

Recovery

Your liposuction incisions will be wrapped in dressings that help reduce swelling by promoting circulation. The harvesting and transfer sites will experience bruising and swelling that may take days or weeks to dissipate entirely. While you should take it easy for the first few days, getting on your feet is the best way to increase circulation and speed the recovery period. You want to be sure that you do not overexert yourself; all strenuous activity should be limited for at least four weeks.

Scars

Scarring may develop from the liposuction incisions. These incisions are small, and the scars are often inconspicuous once they have healed. There is usually no scarring at the transfer sites because the fat is injected with a thin needle.

Fat transfer patients can reduce their post-operative scarring by keeping their healing incisions out of the sun and applying silicone strips and gel. All scars will fade with time.

Cost

The cost of your fat transfer varies depending on the areas of enhancement and the amount of fat being transferred to that area. Additional cost factors include anesthesia fees, facility room fees, surgical fees, and post-surgical dressings and medications.

Pain

Liposuction is performed under anesthesia, and the fat injection sites are numbed for comfort and safety. You may experience discomfort once this anesthesia wears off at both the harvesting and transfer areas. Any discomfort can be relieved by oral pain medication, over-the-counter medication like TYLENOL®, cold compresses, and rest. The bruising and swelling will begin to lessen within a few days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is fat transfer permanent?

Not all of the harvested and transferred fat will survive. Occasionally, repeated treatments are necessary to obtain optimal results.

The fat that does survive will be long lasting as the body does not absorb it or break it down as other injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers.

It can take up to six months for your fat transfer results to fully develop.


Are there any risks with fat transfer?

Fat is beneficial over other injections/implants because there is almost no chance of rejection or allergic reaction. As fat transfer requires liposuction, however, there are rare side effects that can occur. These include:

  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Poor scarring at liposuction sites
  • Asymmetry or uneven quality to harvesting areas

Is everyone a candidate for fat transfer?

Candidates for fat transfer must have an adequate amount of fat elsewhere on their body that can be harvested through liposuction. This fat can come from any region of the body, but it must come from their own body.


What are the alternatives to fat transfer?

Fat transfer is an organic way to restore volume to areas that have lost it or never had it. Unfortunately, not every potential patient has enough fat on their body to harvest. These patients will need to seek out alternative treatments to restore or create volume.

  • Dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and RADIESSE® restore temporarily restore facial volume and does not require surgery.
  • Breast augmentation with implants enhances the volume and shape of the breasts. Implants are available in a wide variety of styles.