At first, the idea sounds too good to be true: taking fat from one unwanted area and placing it where you would prefer. But this technique is real, and fat transfer is an excellent option for patients who want to sculpt and reshape certain parts of their bodies. Whether they choose fat transfer for facial injections, butt lifts, or breast augmentation, our Austin, TX, patients enjoy using this versatile technique to add natural-looking volume. Here are a few important facts to know if you’re considering fat transfer treatments.
What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injections, is the surgical process of moving fat from one area of the body to another. The technique involves removing unwanted fat via liposuction, purifying it, and then injecting that purified fat into the target area. Plastic surgeons have been using this approach since the 1990s as a way to enhance the body subtly. The procedure is often used on areas such as the breasts, hands, feet, buttocks, and more.
You will likely have some temporary bruising or swelling after the procedure. This swelling usually subsides within 1 to 2 months, after which you can enjoy the final look of your results.
Can fat transfer be used with breast augmentation?
Yes, fat transfer can be used during breast augmentation as an alternative to breast implants, providing a modest increase in breast size and shape. Many patients prefer this approach as they find it less invasive to use their body’s own natural materials. There is little to no scarring after treatment, and the recovery period is quicker than with breast augmentation using implants.
What other procedures can use fat transfer?
As mentioned above, fat transfer can be used in many different types of procedures. Two popular options include facial fat grafting and the Brazilian butt lift. During facial fat grafting, fat is used to add softness and volume and smooth out wrinkles along the cheeks, lips, nose, or chin. With a Brazilian butt lift, your doctor can accentuate your bottom by removing donor fat from your waist or thighs and injecting it in strategic areas of the buttocks.
How do I know if fat transfer is right for me?
Ideal candidates for fat transfer are between the ages of 30 and 65, and they are in good general health with no circulation problems. Patients should also have realistic expectations and understand what the procedure can achieve. Fat transfer is best used for subtle enhancements and natural-looking results. Your surgeon can analyze your body during your private consultation and determine if fat transfer would be a good option for your goals.
If you’re interested in breast augmentation or other fat transfer procedures and would like to discuss your goals with plastic surgeons here in Austin, TX, request a consultation online. You can also contact our office by phone at (512) 244-1439 (Austin) or (512) 244-1444 (Round Rock).