Autologous fat transfer is the procedure to use patient's own fat to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face or to add volume where desired. It is safe, non-allergenic.
There are three steps:
Abtain some fat with gentle liposuction from the donor site, which could be the abdomen, buttocks, hips, "saddle bags," thighs, or even jowls.
Isolate and cleanse the fat cells usually by mechanical means. Only whole, undamaged, and cleansed fat cells are then used for the fat transfer.
Inject the fat cells into the targeted facial or body areas.
The safety of the autologous fat transfer technique ensures that there are no restrictions associated with allergies. Fat injections may also be used for lip augmentation and is a perfect complement to other types of dermal fillers where the viscosity of these fillers do not allow you to effectively treat and eliminate finer lines and wrinkles. The facial areas that can be improved with fat injection treatment include creases in the forehead or in between the eyebrows, and hollows under the eyes. Fat injection can also plump up or improve the contour around the nose, the area between the upper lip and the nose, the jawline, and the temples. Indeed, fat transfer can correct scars, sunken or hollow areas, and any place on the face or neck where fat has been lost.
Most facial areas need only one fat injection for noticeable and long-lasting improvement, whereas other areas will require more than one fat transfer to be adequately corrected. Body areas that can be effectively treated include any areas where other aesthetic procedures have created irregular results (i.e. mesotherapy, liposurgery, surgical scars). Generally, the effects of fat injection can last from several months to two years or more. In some cases, the effects last indefinitely.
Loss of volume in the cheeks or face
Have laugh lines
Smaller breasts, but with good elasticity and shape
Loss of volume in the buttocks
Marks from previous cosmetic surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a liposuction with fat transfer?
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure used to contour your body by removing localized pockets of fat. Using a small incision, a narrow tube is carefully inserted into the targeted area of fat. The tube is used to loosen fat cells, and then gently suction fat out of your body.
Following a liposuction, your own body fat can be transferred to another part of your body, where it rejuvenates areas that have either lost volume or adds fullness to areas that benefit from a little extra. In other words, a liposuction with fat transfer is when you remove fat from a problem area and use the same fat to improve another area.
What parts of the body can be improved by a fat transfer?
Liposuction removes limited areas of fat anywhere in the body. It’s often used to contour the waist, tummy, thighs, buttocks, hips, upper arms, chin, and neck. Once the fat has been removed, it’s commonly used to treat:
Face: The transferred fat is injected the same way as a dermal filler, where it can diminish frown lines and other wrinkles, or help lift your cheeks.
Breast augmentation: A fat transfer can be used to give you fuller, shapelier breasts.
Hands: Fat injected into hands adds volume lost due to aging and diminishes the appearance of veins and tendons.
Brazilian Butt Lift: One of the best-known fat transfers is the Brazilian Butt Lift, which uses fat harvested from problem areas and injects it into your buttocks to improve your curves and lift the butt.
What can you expect after liposuction with fat transfer?
Recovery time varies depending on the extent and location of both the liposuction and the fat transfer. For example, a procedure like a Brazilian Butt Lift will take longer to heal than a fat injection to diminish facial wrinkles. You should expect some swelling, pain, and redness no matter what part of the body is treated, but even with a Brazilian Butt Lift, you should be ready for normal activities within 3-4 weeks.
If you’re close to your weight goal but have some excess fat, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. And if you want a fat transfer, you’ll need to have some excess fat on your body — fat can’t be harvested if you don’t have any to spare.
If you have any questions about liposuction with fat transfer, don’t hesitate to contact Strax Rejuvenation. The doctors are here to answer your questions and schedule a consultation to determine if this procedure will achieve your desired goals.