Have you tried to lose that last little bit of stubborn fat only to feel defeated because it won’t budge? Considered breast augmentation but not sure if you are ready for implants? Does your backside need a little lift? If you have ever thought about using your excess fat in one area and relocating it into another spot of your body that could use a little boost, then the cosmetic procedure of a fat transfer can make that happen and give you natural-looking results as well.
Fat grafting, also known as a fat transfer, removes fat from a donor location and repurposes it to enhance another area. Renown board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso offers this fantastic cosmetic procedure, which is growing in popularity, to his Miami patients. A leading expert in fat transfer procedures, Dr. LaGrasso creatively sculpts and contours the areas of the body where the fat is removed and then reinjected elsewhere to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals. This transformative procedure gives patients natural-looking, lasting results, and has both women and men all over Miami talking.
The rise of the fat transfer
Awareness about a fat transfer procedure is definitely on the rise. Men and women in Miami who are turning to a fat transfer desire some form of augmentation or addition of volume to areas that are deficient without the invasive surgery commonly associated with certain cosmetic procedures. Other reasons this procedure is becoming more popular include the opportunity to contour one part of the body with liposuction and transfer it somewhere else, and a shorter recovery time versus other more invasive cosmetic surgeries that address the same area. Fat is an excellent filler that is readily available to plastic surgeons and has proven to be quite diverse in its application for patients in Miami. Fat transfer procedures allow plastic surgeons to contour one part of the body and naturally add volume to another all at once, making it a low-risk procedure for rejection. Fat grafting has a broad appeal and can help a number of places on the body.
A natural enhancement
Fat grafting is the cosmetic process of extracting fat from one donor location with liposuction and harvesting it to be reinjected into another area. Common donor areas for the fat that is extracted with liposuction include the back, hips, abdomen, and thighs. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. LaGrasso will carefully sculpt and contour the donor area with liposuction leaving patients looking more fit and slim. The extracted fat is then separated and purified into healthy tissue to be utilized for the augmentation process. Dr. LaGrasso will inject this healthy fat into the target area with surgical precision while slowing massaging the fat deposits into place. With great detail, Dr. LaGrasso will ensure the injections contour a patient's target area to give them an ideal outcome.
Four popular areas for fat transfer
The process of a fat transfer for Miami patients is just like it sounds -- fat is removed from one area using liposuction and moved, or transferred, to another part of the body where it is reinjected to boost volume or add shape where it is lacking. Using a patient's fat makes it a natural process and there is virtually little to no risk of rejection. Most patients like the fact that fat transfer procedures take unwanted fat from areas such as their stomach or hips, improving the “donor” area while enhancing another during the same outpatient appointment.
There are a number of places on the body that are successfully boosted with a fat transfer. Miami men and women are opting for this procedure in the following areas of the body: T
There has been a surge of popularity in the last few years with the Brazilian butt lift. Miami men and women seek out this highly effective procedure to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks while forgoing the more invasive butt implant surgery. The Brazilian butt lift involves harvesting fat from the donor area which is then injected with precision into the buttocks. A patient can dramatically enhance their lower body with their own fat to give them the curves they always craved.
Women wanting a modest boost of volume to their chest area can consider fat grafting as an alternative to breast implants. A fat transfer in the breasts is a highly effective procedure to help women improve minor breast deformities that have occurred due to lumpectomies or biopsies, giving them more symmetry. It is important to understand that fat transfer alone will not give you the results you want if you wish to significantly increase the volume of your breasts. If that’s your goal, you should look into breast augmentation with implants.
A fat transfer is an excellent option to rejuvenate the skin, giving patients natural-looking results to areas of the face that have lost volume. Instead of using an injectable filler, Miami patients can improve the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines by restoring volume with their own fat. Fat extracted from a donor area such as the stomach or thighs is used to plump up the cheeks, lips, sagging skin around the eye area, or even eliminate laugh lines around the mouth.
One of the most common areas where signs of aging is prominent is on the back of the hands. As individuals age, the “padding” on the back of the hands becomes thinner. While injectable fillers can help restore this loss of volume, a fat transfer can do the same. This is a more natural way to rejuvenate the hands and give them back their youthful appearance.
A fat transfer procedure is relatively straightforward, but still requires surgical care. This 2-part procedure involves two different body contouring treatments, and when done by an underqualified plastic surgeon can have devasting effects on both the donor and target area. Both methods are considered an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia and like with all cosmetic procedures should be done by an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon in Miami, FL like Dr. LaGrasso.
Fat grafting procedures continue to rise and for a good reason. This innovative cosmetic procedure offers many benefits. Patients can contour more than one area at the same time with minimal scarring and pain. Some slight bruising and swelling can occur but will subside in a couple of weeks. A fat transfer for Miami men and women requires little downtime but offers significant results once fully healed.
Healthy men and women who need a little boost to take their body to the next level can consider the long-term results garnered from a fat transfer. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is well-known for his experience and knowledge about this innovative and less invasive cosmetic procedure. If you are interested in seeing if a fat transfer is for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. LaGrasso today.