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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fat placed by lipotransfer stays for years or most often permanently.
Yes. People have been grafting fat in humans since 1893. Over the last century the controversy has always involved questions about the survival of the fat, but not its safety.
weeks. Swelling where the fat grafts have been placed is usually acceptable in 2-3 weeks but will take 6-12 months to completely heal. Swelling in the donor or harvesting sites can take 3-6 months to completely resolve.
Most patients can return to light exercise at about 10 days to 2 weeks. But we do not want patients doing anything that could interfere with the success of the fat grafts. After three weeks, patients can ease back into their pre-operative routines.
We employ a general anesthetic for the procedure itself. Postoperative discomfort is well controlled with pain medication.
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