What is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer is a commonly performed procedure where fat from one part of the body is relocated to another portion of the body as a filler. This is ideal for conditions described earlier where one portion of the body may contain too much fat while another portion of the body just does not seem to have enough. The transplanted fat will help smooth out the skin and provide the targeted area with a more appealing and younger appearance. It is often used for:
- Removal of facial wrinkles
- Added volume to lips
- Reduction of deep scars
- Natural breast augmentation
- Butt augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift)
How is the Procedure Done?
Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little downtime and instant results. The procedure is performed by using local anesthesia to allow the patient to stay awake but not feel a thing. A small cannula (tube) is then used to remove fat from a chosen area of the body. The fat is then processed to remove unwanted fluids and ensure that only healthy, living fat cells will be used in the filler. The fat is then placed into small syringes and transferred into the desired area. The result is a fuller, more defined looking area of the body.
Since fat transfer is minimally invasive, there is little pain associated with it and recovery time can be as short as 5 days depending on where the fat was transferred to. After treatment, patients are free to leave and may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising.
What are the Benefits?
While artificial fillers like Juvadermm Restylane, and Radiesse are often used to provide great results, they do not have the same benefits as your own fat. For instance, since fat transfer involves using your own tissue as a filler rather than an artificial filler, the acceptance of the re-located fat is much greater plus there is no chance of communicable disease.
For an alternative to artificial fillers, fat transfer offer patients a great way to trim fat from one region of the body and add volume to another. It's minimally invasive and it does not require the introduction of foreign substances to the body. It simply is relocating unwanted volume of your own fat to an area where you want volume. While one procedure may provide amazing results, multiple procedures may be necessary to achieve that dream body with well-defined contours.
Dr. Lawrence Broder is the founder of Beleza Medspa in Austin, Texas. Beleza Medspa now has 5 locations where Dr. Broder is among the leading providers of fat transfer procedures, Botox, Juvederm, DOT therapy, photofacials, laser hair removal, weight loss, and Smartlipo laser liposuction in the Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas areas.
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