What Is A Fat Transfer?
When a man or woman loses weight or moves through the normal aging process, they lose that smooth and plump look in specific body areas where volume once resided. A terrific way to regain this lost volume is through a cosmetic treatment known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). A fat transfer removes fat from a section on the body and injects it into another area that needs additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be used on large areas, such as the buttocks, or on delicate and smaller features, such as the laugh lines or cheeks. Fat grafting and transfers are generally chosen when an individual desires a natural enhancement vs. using implants or fillers. Our Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeons incorporate the most effective grafting techniques for performing fat transfers. This procedure at Forma Plastic Surgery creates gorgeous, soft outcomes.
"I cannot express my gratitude enough to Dr. Sabeeh and his PA, Rachel. I am now three months post breast augmentation and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr. Sabeeh made me feel at ease during my consultation, patiently addressing all my questions. He showed me before and after photos and ensured I had realistic expectations about the procedure. Prior to surgery, I was a C cup and desired more upper fullness with a natural look. During my pre-op appointment, I had the opportunity to try different implant sizes, allowing me to visualize how they would look on my body frame. Dr. Sabeeh and Amanda, the Forma Office Manager, assisted me in choosing the right implant size, considering both my preferences and body proportions. The surgery took place at Piper Surgery Center, a fantastic facility with friendly and accommodating staff, from check-in to the anesthesiologist. Before the surgery, Dr. Sabeeh and Rachel met with me and my husband to thoroughly review the surgical plan. The surgery, lasting about an hour, was followed by a careful recovery process. Dr. Sabeeh and Rachel visited me in the recovery room to ensure everything was going well before my discharge. During my recovery weekend, Dr. Sabeeh took the initiative to call my husband multiple times to check in and address any questions or concerns we might have had before my first post-op appointment. At this appointment, my breast wrapping was removed, and I was provided with detailed instructions on the garments and dressings I needed to wear for the next few weeks. Throughout my healing process, every follow-up appointment with Dr. Sabeeh and Rachel was incredibly informative. Progress pictures were taken, allowing me to observe my transformation over time. Today, at my official 3-month check-in, I am more than satisfied with my results. Dr. Sabeeh and Rachel have been instrumental in ensuring my journey from the consultation to the post-op period was smooth and reassuring. The natural-looking results I have achieved are everything I had hoped for in my first cosmetic surgery experience. I highly recommend booking a consultation with Dr. Sabeeh. His expertise, attention to detail, and genuine care for his patients have made this experience exceptional."- R.T. / Google / Nov 10, 2023
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"Dr. Sabeeh and his entire staff were extremely professional and caring. They made a potentially frightening experience seem very routine and at the same time very personal. I would highly recommend Dr. Sabeeh for breast implant replacement. My results at age 60 were amazing so more than what I had hoped for."- V.M. / Google / May 20, 2023
What are the Benefits of Getting a Fat Transfer?
Here at Forma Plastic Surgery, we encourage our patients to consider getting a fat transfer done if they are interested in the following benefits:
- Ability to "repurpose" fat cells in unwanted locations to plump out other areas for a slimmer, more youthful appearance
- Less invasive procedure when compared to other fat-reduction options, such as liposuction
- Use of the body's own tissue, resulting in little chance of rejection
- A simple way to reduce and fill in wrinkles or loose skin in undesirable areas
Am I A Good Candidate For A Fat Transfer?
Individuals who want more fullness in areas of the body that appear visibly thin or deflated may be appropriate candidates for the fat transfer procedure. This specialized enhancement may be especially desired because it offers a natural approach to create results by incorporating the patient's fat tissue. Therefore, there is less risk or concern for rejection than implants or other alternative. Patients at Forma Plastic Surgery considering this procedure must be at a certain weight and have enough fat to extract for the transfer.
What to Expect with Fat Transfer
If you experience hollow cheeks or deflated regions of the body, fat transfer is a natural treatment option for adding volume to these areas. Using unwanted fat from another part of your body, we can purify and inject it into the cheeks, buttocks, or breasts. During a visit to Forma Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons will create a surgical plan that outlines the techniques, anesthesia type, and any fees associated with the treatment.
A fat transfer procedure includes a combination of liposuction, spinning the fat removed, and injecting the fat into the designated areas needing added volume. These steps are repeated until reaching the desired volume. A traditional tumescent liposuction is used for this type of procedure. In general, the fat transfer sites will be slightly “over-filled” as the body will reabsorb some of the fat during healing.
After a fat transfer, you will go through a healing phase. Remember, you have at least two sites on the body that require healing: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process might last longer if we addressed a larger area on the body. At first, the sites will appear swollen and red, but you can experience results almost immediately. An additional bonus is the area that involved fat removal will appear slimmer. A fat transfer produces natural-looking results; however, you will have some reabsorption back to the body. In some patients, an additional transfer may be necessary later on.
Fat transfer FAQs
How much does a fat transfer cost?
The cost of a fat transfer varies depending on many factors. Our professionals at Forma Plastic Surgery can provide an accurate estimate during a comprehensive consultation. We can review information about payment methods, insurance coverage, and financing options so you can make the best decision for your needs.
How long do the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can be lasting with proper care at home. Our board-certified plastic surgeons use advanced methods to purify and graft fat in a way that minimizes reabsorption. Patients are welcome to return for touch-ups as needed to maintain their outcomes long-term.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
Some men and women don't have enough excess fat for a fat transfer procedure in Scottsdale, AZ. Fortunately, not much fat is needed to create a subtle improvement in areas like the face, buttocks, and breasts. If you don't have enough fat, our plastic surgeon can help you explore other options.
Take the Natural Approach
If you wish to add volume to your face, breasts, and/or buttocks while decreasing unwanted fat from other areas of your body, this treatment may be a great option. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want without pursuing a major surgery that might require a long recovery period or associated downtime. We welcome you to call our team and schedule a consultation at Forma Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ.