Patients sometimes worry about the unwanted side effects or allergic reactions that can occur with cosmetic treatments such as injectable fillers. This is why fat transfer has become popular. Because fat transfer makes use of one’s own fat in enhancing an area of the body, it eliminates the possibility of allergic reaction.
What is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a cosmetic procedure where fat is transferred from areas where there is excess fat to areas that need more volume. Common areas where fat is harvested are the:
- Inner thighs
- Inner knees
- Lower stomach.
That harvested fat is then transferred to the face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. It’s a safe cosmetic option that provides natural-looking results.
Facial fat injections are not appropriate for everyone. Ideal candidates for the procedure are adults who seek to fight back against the unwanted signs of aging that include the following:
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Other facial depressions
What Else Can a Fat Transfer Treat?
Aside from improving facial signs of aging, fat transfer can also be used to improve body contour, fill certain bodily depressions, enhance the appearance of scars, rejuvenate aging hands, even for lip enhancement. This procedure is also popular in filling irregularities in breast contour after breast reconstruction procedures or improving the appearance of breasts with implants. It can be used to enlarge small breasts in select cases.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Fat transfer breast augmentation is an excellent option for women looking for a relatively small increase in their breast size with more natural looking results. This technique essentially uses liposuction to provide the results you are looking for. Dr. Price will first harvest fat cells from the donor site (inner thighs, inner knees or lower stomach). Your fat cells are first processed to remove the non fat fluids before it is gently injected into your breasts. This procedure has many benefits as it not only helps to increase your breast to the desired size, but also contour your “problem areas” from the donor site.
How Long Does A Fat Transfer Take?
The length of time needed for your fat transfer procedure depends on how much fat is involved. It takes less time to perform a fat transfer to areas of the face than a breast augmentation through fat transfer. Depending on your preference and the extent of your procedure, Dr. Price will use either intravenous sedation (“twilight anesthesia”) or local anesthesia.
Fat Transfer Side Effects
As with any other procedure, certain side effects may be present as you recover. The most common side effects include the following:
- Swelling and bruising may occur in the first week following fat transfer.
- Bruising and swelling will usually dissipate during the second week.
Strenuous exercise is not recommended for two weeks after the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about fat transfer, contact the office today at 203-453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price. Our practice serves Guilford, New Haven and surrounding areas in Connecticut.