Fat transfer surgery, also known as fat grafting, is common among patients who want to contour the irregularities of their body lines or replace lost volume. The procedure works by removing fat, using traditional liposuction, in areas of the body with excess fat, then injecting the purified fat into other parts of the body. Fat transfer surgery has become more popular in recent years at the Marietta office with Dr. Aisha Baron, especially the Brazilian butt lift, since it not only slims needed areas with liposuction, but also enhances the areas of the face and body that need volume. Fat transfer can be used for a number of areas that need additional volume, including the buttocks, breasts, cheeks, and lips.
Patients that desire to have a fat transfer should have:
- An adequate amount of available fat to extract
- Good skin laxity and tone
- Good health and a non-smoker
What To Expect
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your overall health, the area(s) of available fat, as well as your skin quality. The area(s) to have grafting will also be evaluated to judge suitability for receiving grafts. This evaluation will help us develop your individual plan. During the consultation, we encourage you to discuss any areas of your appearance that concern you, as well what you hope to accomplish with surgery. This will help us understand your goals and expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved. Swelling and bruising are expected in the areas where fat was removed and transplanted, although it will vary among patients. The swelling and bruising will start to subside within 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment may be necessary if larger amounts of fat are removed. Most patients can resume modest activity in 7-10 days, if small amounts of fat are removed and in 6-8 weeks, if large amounts of fat grafts are removed. Complete recovery from fat grafting surgery usually takes 6 months.
Common areas for fat transfer include the face for facial rejuvenation. This includes fat grafting for under the eyes and within the cheeks and lips. Fat transfers are also common to fill laugh lines, as well as lines under the chin. A specialty fat transfer is gluteal reshaping, which involves a fat transfer to the buttocks, commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift. Fat grafting corrects contour irregularities that may result from over aggressive liposuction and is sometimes used during breast reconstruction. Rejuvenation of the hands, using fat from the patient’s own body, can create gorgeous results, hiding obvious veins and tendons that become more apparent with age.
Contour and Enhance
If you have an area of your body that has low volume due to weight loss, aging, or genetics, fat transfer surgery by Dr. Baron may be a good option for you. We invite you to schedule a consultation at our office in Marietta, GA so that we can assess the areas for treatment and help you understand more about the procedure and if it is right for you. Fat transfers can create a smooth, fuller shape in areas as small as the lips, or as large as the buttocks.