Fat Transfer Procedure
While having too much fat in areas of the body is a common frustration that many people experience, other men and women find themselves desiring fuller, plumper areas of their bodies that are thin, deflated, and unshapely, whether because of genetics or life events. The good thing is that there are cosmetic procedures that can add volume to these areas of the body to help give patients the fuller figure they desire.
Using implants is a common way to improve the volume of specific areas of the body and face; however, fat transfer is another approach to increasing the fullness and shape of the body and face.
With natural fat transfer in Miami, Florida, you can achieve a fuller, healthier, and more youthful appearance without the use of implants or temporary dermal fillers.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
Fat transfer is a three-step treatment that is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the procedure, your fat transfer can take anywhere from one to four hours to complete.
Step One: Fat Harvesting
For the first step in the fat transfer procedure, Dr. Hadeed will use liposuction surgery to extract (harvest) fat from an area of your body that has excess fat (usually from the abdomen, hips, thighs, or posterior arms). A small incision will be made in the targeted donor areas, and a thin tube called a cannula will be inserted through the incision to loosen and suction out the subcutaneous fat.
Step Two: Fat Purification
The harvested fat will be washed, and the intact fat cells will be separated from any damaged cells and excess fluid. The whole and intact cells are then collected to be used in the third step of the procedure.
Sometimes, Dr. Hadeed will add plasma taken from your own blood to enrich the fat and help the recovery and results of your fat transfer.
Step Three: Fat Injections
The final step of your fat transfer procedure is the actual injection of the harvested fat. The whole and intact fat is placed in a syringe and carefully injected into the deflated areas of your body to give them a fuller and more voluminous appearance.
What Will My Fat Transfer Recovery Be Like?
After your fat transfer procedure, you will likely experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness in both the donor and transferred sites of your body. These side effects will dissipate over the next several weeks, and medication can be taken to alleviate any pain that you may experience.
During your recovery, you need to allow your body time to heal itself from the procedure, which means refraining from strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Most patients are able to return to work and their normal, daily activities after 10 days.
To ensure your safety and the success of your procedure, it is important that you follow all of Dr. Hadeed’s post-op instructions.
What Results Can I Expect From My Fat Transfer Procedure?
Though you will see some aesthetic improvements to your body, both in the donor and transferred sites, it can take up to six months for your final fat transfer results to become fully evident.
Once your final results are settled, you can hopefully feel more comfortable wearing clothing (like that bikini or bathing suit) that you’ve always wanted to wear but never had the figure to pull off, and you can find yourself feeling more comfortable with your appearance, both in the mirror and out on the Miami beaches.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer
If you struggle with areas of your body that are thin and deflated (whether from age, sun damage, gravity, or weight loss), then fat transfer may be able to help you. The ideal candidates for this procedure are men and women who are non-smokers, in good general health, and have realistic expectations for their results.
At your consultation, Dr. Hadeed will be able to tell you if fat transfer is the right procedure for you.
Yes! While fat transfer offers stunning results when performed as a standalone procedure, many patients choose to combine their fat transfer with other procedures to achieve a more complete and dramatic transformation. Some of these procedures include: breast lift surgery (mastopexy) and facelift surgery (for facial fat transfer).
At your consultation, Dr. Hadeed will be able to discuss possible combination procedures that may be able to help you achieve your ideal appearance.
Anesthesia is used during the procedure, and medication can be taken afterward to help relieve any discomfort. If you do experience increased or prolonged pain, make sure to contact Dr. Hadeed immediately.
Like any cosmetic procedure, fat transfer cost varies for each patient and is dependent on several factors, including the extent of correction, the number of sites being treated, and the amount of fat being harvested and injected. At your consultation, you will be provided a specific cost estimate for your procedure.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have questions about fat transfer or any of the other procedures we offer in Miami, Florida, contact Dr. Josef Hadeed.