Fat transfer operations are more popular than ever, and that cutting-edge treatment option could completely transform your body and enhance your natural beauty. With a skilled plastic surgeon by your side, you will be able to eradicate unwanted body fat and then use those cells to accentuate other areas of the face or body. In addition to producing world-class results, this is also one of the safest cosmetic operations on the market.
Common Treatment Sites
During the fat transfer procedure, there are going to be two different treatment sites. The first treatment site is the area where the fat cells are harvested from. While those cells can be taken from almost anywhere in the body, they are typically extracted from the hips, thighs, flanks, or abdomen. In most cases, the fat can be harvested from anywhere on the body as long as there is enough excess fat to transfer.
The second treatment site will be the area where the fat is placed back in the body. If quite a bit of fat was removed, then the patient might want to enhance the breasts or buttocks. The refined fat can also be injected into the face as an alternative to injectable fillers. As you grow older, you could lose some of the fat in your face, and that can result in an aged or gaunt appearance. Dr. Mark Chin can help you deal with those cosmetic issues by carefully putting some of your own fat in both of your cheeks. That extra volume could also help with wrinkles, fine lines, and other age-related blemishes.
Why Choose a Fat Transfer?
There are quite a few reasons why this unique operation has become so popular over the last few years. One of the biggest benefits of the fat transfer procedure is the fact that multiple areas of the body can be sculpted at once. In addition to eradicating unwanted pockets of fat in the midsection, you can also enhance your breasts or buttocks. There is also a very low risk of any secondary complications taking place after the procedure. Your own fat is going to be used during this process, and that means it won’t be rejected by your body. While other injectable products tend to be very safe, some people do have bad reactions to them.
Your Fat Transfer Procedure and Recovery
The steps that your plastic surgeon carries out during your procedure depend on a variety of factors. That includes the location of the treatment sites and the total amount of fat that is going to be transferred. To begin the operation, you will be given a local anesthetic and strong sedative so that you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. The surgeon can then make one or more small incisions so that they can extract the fat with a small tube known as a cannula. Once the fat has been extracted, it must go through a multi-step refinement process so that only the healthy cells will be transferred.
Your plastic surgeon will then be able to inject the healthy fat cells back into the treatment sites that you have decided on. Following the operation, you will be bandaged and monitored for a short period of time. As long as there are no complications, you will most likely be able to head home on the same day. You should notice some changes to your body almost immediately, but the full effects won’t be seen until the soft tissue fully heals over the following weeks.