A fat transfer procedure involves removing fat from one area of your body and moving it to another area of your body. Usually fat is taken from an area that has excess fat deposits, such as the thighs or buttocks. The fat is then treated and injected into an area that has lost tissue due to aging, trauma, surgery, and other causes. This results in more volume in the treated area.
Fat Transfer FAQs
How is the procedure performed?
The doctor removes fat from one area of your body through liposuction. Liposuction involves using small cannulas to break apart and suction out fat tissue. After the fat tissue has been collected, the doctor processes it to be injected back into the body.
What are common areas treated with fat transfer?
Common body areas that fat is transferred to include the breasts, lips, and buttocks.
Where is fat taken from?
Fat is collected from areas of your body that have extra fat deposits. Common areas include the buttocks and thighs.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Typically, local anesthesia is used. However, general anesthesia may be used on more extensive cases.
How long do the results last?
Over time, the transferred fat will lose some of its volume and then should stabilize. Follow-up treatments can be performed to maintain desired results.
What happens if I gain weight?
If you gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure, it can negatively impact the results. The transferred fat may increase in volume and cause an undesirable appearance.
How long is the procedure?
A fat transfer procedure can take anywhere from one hour to several hours. It depends on the area you want treated and your desired results. Fat transfer to the lips will take less time than fat transfer to the buttocks.
How long is recovery?
Downtime after the procedure will vary based on what areas were treated. Recovery time could be a few days to a few weeks. Mild swelling and bruising may occur during the first week after the procedure. You doctor will provide you with specific post-procedure guidelines to follow to aid your recovery.
What are the risks?
Every procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand the risks involved. Although the majority of patients do not experience complications, you should discuss each of them with your doctor. Some potential risks include bleeding, scarring, seroma, pain, firmness, blood clots, infections, and death.
Are you a good candidate?
Both men and women who are in good health can benefit from fat transfer. Consult with one of our Las Vegas fat transfer doctors to see if you are a good candidate. At Apex Medical Spa, we provide a wide range of treatments, including fat transfer, liposuction, and skin rejuvenation treatments.