What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer in Miami has become hugely popular for patients that are looking for a fast and relatively hypoallergenic way of plumping facial features or other parts of the body. Dr. Alan Serure performs fat transfers in Miami by “harvesting” the patient’s own fat cells from a donor site in the body where they are not needed, and injecting them into another area that requires them more. Fat is usually extracted from parts of the body that already have larger amounts of fat deposits to begin with. These areas include the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Where are the advantages of fat transfer?
With the use of the fat transfer, deep facial wrinkles, face and body contour irregularities, and parts of the body meeting augmentation have been addressed. In other cases, it can be used to plump the lips, add volume to sunken facial features, and enlarge the patient’s buttocks taking the place of the conventional butt implant. With a lot of our patients, fat transfer procedures have been used in combination with facelifts, liposuction, and abdominoplasty procedures to give the patient a more refined form. This technique has also been found to be useful for improving the appearance of acne scars and other smaller areas or sections across the body that require filling such as minor depression on the patient’s hands. Dr. Serure has also performed fat transfer as an adjunct in breast augmentation procedures, to mask the most obvious signs of that procedure and make the breasts look more natural and fill in any irregularities.
How does a fat transfer procedure work?
The donor site for the fat transfer will be prepared using local anesthetic to minimize the patient’s discomfort during the withdrawal of fat. A syringe with a larger needle will be used for this step. After the fat has been taken from the donor site, it will be prepared and processed so that excess fluids that came with extraction are separated from the actual fat cells. The recipient site will then be anesthetized so that the processed fat can be re-injected with very minimal discomfort. Normally, an excess amount of fat is transferred from one area of the body to another because a lot of this will immediately be metabolized and broken down at the recipient site. Putting in an excess amount will ensure that there will be enough material to vascularize and populate the indicated area. The entire procedure may take between 2 to 4 hours to complete, with very minimal downtime afterwards.
What results do fat transfer procedures produce?
When used to enhance facial or other body features, fat transfers produce a more natural looking result with noticeably improved contours and plumped up forms. Additionally, more and more patients are asking for this type of filler because it does not produce any allergic reaction since the fat is taken from the patient’s own body. This means that there will be less adverse effects and the possibility of tissue rejection is eliminated as well. However, the results of a fat transfer procedure are not permanent, as the body will eventually assimilate the fat through its natural metabolic processes. This means that, too maintain the initial effect of the procedure, patients will need to have a repeat session.
What happens during recovery?
Right after a fat transfer procedure, the donor and recipient sites will exhibit moderate swelling and bruising that will usually persist for up to two weeks. In addition to this, because of the over-correction method that was employed, the recipient end site will look very plumped up or swollen for several days until the excess fat is reabsorbed by the body. Since this is typically an outpatient procedure, patients can usually go back to doing their normal activities immediately after the fat transfer.