in Norwalk, CT
When it comes to cosmetic enhancement options, natural-looking results are a primary concern. Synthetic injectables and silicone implants can sometimes create a noticeably augmented look. Fat transfer is a modern technique with versatile treatment options that rejuvenates the face and improves the shape of the body for beautiful results.
What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer?
- Uses 100 percent patient-harvested tissues, which eliminates the chances of rejection or an allergic reaction.
- The grafting process allows for control and detailed enhancements of the treatment area, making every procedure completely customizable.
- Since it uses your own fat, we contour the donor area to provide you with a slimmer and more toned overall appearance.
- The transferred fat looks and acts like previously existing fat tissue; most patients feel that their results are subtle, attractive, and natural when using fat transfer.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed
Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure performed using light general anesthesia or sedation. This multi-step process first uses liposuction to harvest fat from the abdomen, love handles, and/or thighs (areas that commonly have an excess of fatty tissue). The fat is then put through a purification process to eliminate blood and oils, which preps the tissue for transfer. A needle is then used to inject the fatty solution into the treatment area. Dr. Rosen carefully grafts the fat in fine layers, controlling both shape and appearance.
What Is Fat Transfer to the Face?
Facial fat grafting is used to restore lost volume in the cheeks and to erase wrinkles. Volume loss is a common problem associated with the aging process, which results from a decrease in collagen production. By using fat, we are able to smooth your skin and restore fullness to your facial appearance.
What Is Fat Transfer to the Breasts?
Fat grafting can be used to provide women with a modest increase in their bustline. You may choose fat transfer to the breasts if implants don’t yield the results you desire or if you wish to achieve a more natural appearance than what implants will allow.
What Is Fat Transfer to the Buttocks?
Fat transfer to the buttocks, also known as a Brazilian Butt Lift, increases the size and improves the shape of the butt. The liposuction process can also enhance the definition of the hips, which better defines your new shapely butt profile.
How Long Is My Fat Transfer Recovery?
Fat transfer results in some minor postoperative discomfort, which can easily be controlled with pain medication. You will likely experience bruising and swelling at both the liposuction site and injection area. A compression garment may be worn on the breasts or buttocks to improve the quality of your results. The overall length of your recovery will vary depending on the type of fat transfer undergone and the size of your treatment area.
When Will I See My Fat Transfer Results?
Small incisions are used at the liposuction site, which may result in some minor scarring. To conceal their visibility, incisions are placed in discreet locations. The injection process uses a needle, which doesn’t leave any marks. Some initial volume loss is common in the months following your procedure, especially in the breasts and buttocks. Whatever remains after approximately six months, however, is permanent. Your improved shape and increased volume should provide you with attractive results for years to come.
What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer?
Am I a candidate for fat transfer?
Candidates for fat transfer desire more volume in their face, breasts, or buttocks and are displeased by fatty deposits in their abdomen, hips, thighs, back, or arms. Fat transfer is a multi-step procedure that allows patients to achieve both desires: more volume in one area and less in another. Ideal candidates should not smoke, be in good overall health, have realistic expectations for their results, and have enough body fat to transfer.
Is fat transfer to the face better than dermal fillers?
Fat transfer to the face is often considered to be a minimally invasive alternative to non-surgical dermal fillers. While both of these injections restore facial volume, they are not the same. Dermal fillers temporarily restore fullness to facial contours (such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, and lips) by injecting a synthetic solution beneath the skin that is usually absorbed in a matter of six to 12 months. Fat transfer is more invasive (since it requires liposuction); however, the results are permanent (once the body has finished the initial absorption).
Can fat transfer to the breasts mimic breast augmentation with implants?
Fat transfer to the breasts, which is often referred to as natural breast augmentation, can increase the breasts’ fullness and size while maintaining a natural look and feel. Because the body absorbs some of the transferred fat, this technique cannot always provide the same level of volume enhancement that is available with traditional breast implants. Implants are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials for complete customization. Fat transfer to the breasts is more limited; however, this technique does ensure natural-looking, subtle fullness, and comes without the risk of implant complications.
While fat transfer to the breasts is considered natural breast augmentation, breast implants can still provide very natural-looking results.
How does the Brazilian Butt Lift differ from other forms of buttock augmentation?
The Brazilian Butt Lift uses your own fat to add volume and shape to the buttocks. Alternatively, buttock augmentation can be performed with butt implants, where silicone implants are inserted into the butt cheeks; however, these have higher complication and revision rates.
Dr. Rosen does not offer butt implants.
What can affect the quality of my fat transfer results?
Because your fat transfer depends on you maintaining your fat, any significant fluctuation in weight (up or down) can impact the quality of your results. If you gain weight, you will notice the increase the most in the areas where the fat was transferred; however, if you lose weight, you will see the most reduction in the treatment areas. This is because the fat transfer sites have a higher number of fat cells.
Are there any risks associated with fat transfer?
Since fat transfer uses your fat to augment contours, there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction. While this is a very safe procedure, it is not without risk. Patients who undergo fat transfer may experience adverse reactions to the anesthesia, bleeding, prolonged swelling, and infection at the harvesting sites. These complications are rare and should not persist for very long. Additionally, cosmetic concerns include scarring at the harvesting (liposuction) sites and asymmetrical contours.