Fat Transfer

Fat Grafting in Miami, FL

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What is a fat transfer?

Fat injected during a fat transfer by our Miami, FL board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso, into areas requiring volume-enhancement produces safe, long-lasting, and natural-appearing results as volume is replenished in tissues where fat is diminished. Fat grafting usually involves harvesting fat from one part of the body (back, thighs, abdomen, and more), purifying it, and then carefully re-injecting it into the areas requiring augmentation. The procedure may need to be repeated several times to achieve the desired result. Fat injections or grafting has broad applications in plastic surgery, and common areas on the body where a fat transfer may be performed include the hands, breasts, buttocks, lips, and face.

What Are The Benefits Of A Fat Transfer?

Many of our patients at Jeffrey LaGrasso, M.D. in Miami, FL report a wide number of advantages of receiving a fat transfer at our facility. In addition to Dr. LaGrasso's incredible experience and state-of-the-art equipment, many of our patients report this procedure:

  • Replenishes lost volume for a more youthful look (face, hands)

  • Enhances targeted body areas (lips, cheeks, breasts, buttocks)

  • Reduces unwanted fat in problem areas (back, thighs, abdomen, and more)

  • Reshapes and contours the body

  • Is afer than implants because it uses the body’s own fat

  • Offers results that have a natural look and feel

  • Is less invasive than other plastic surgery procedures

  • Leaves minimal scarring

  • Has a shorter recovery time than similar procedures

Who is a Candidate for a fat transfer?

Patients, who benefit from fat grafting, are men and women, who desire augmentation or filling of volume-deficient areas. Generally, patients who are considered for fat injection are in good health. If you have a history of abnormal bleeding or swelling following a procedure you should notify your surgeon. A smoking history should be disclosed to your surgeon. Each patient’s anatomy and proportions vary, and the decision to utilize fat injection techniques depends on the goals of the patient, as well as Dr. LaGrasso professional opinion.

What to expect during a fat transfer

Fat injection or fat grafting is a technique that is growing in popularity. Fat is one of most well-tolerated fillers available to aesthetic surgeons, and thus has broad applications. It is natural-appearing, lasts a long time, and is safe. It is an effective filler used for changing body contour, revising scars, filling depressions created by liposuction, and rejuvenating the hands and face. Perhaps most importantly, it spares the patient the inherent risks associated with fillers derived from animals or cadavers. 

During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. An antibiotic solution is used which allows for a complete separation of the fat so that only healthy tissue is used for reinjection. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.

How long is recovery after a FAT TRANSFER?

Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted. 

Dressings may be placed on the injected areas. These dressings may include the use of tapes or compressive-type dressings. Your plastic surgeon may request that you don’t sit or lie on injected areas for a prescribed period, and may also instruct you regarding a massage program after the procedure. Swelling and bruising usually resolve within 2 – 3 weeks.

What is Liposuction?

Even though you watch what you eat and exercise, you may still have pockets of fat that keep you from feeling confident in your body. Surgical liposuction is a body reshaping procedure that reduces fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to produce a slimmer appearance. This treatment by Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso can be combined to treat several body parts. During your initial visit, our team will examine areas of your body you wish to address so you can attain your personal goals. We want to help you feel and look the best you can be.

Surgical liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting using general anesthesia. A punch-hole incision is made through the skin so a cannula can be placed. A cannula is a tool that helps loosen the fatty tissue that is being suctioned out. After the desired amount of fat deposits have been eliminated, we will seal the incision. Based on the number of sections receiving treatment, your surgery may last 1 – 3 hours. In the separate recovery area, your post-op team will assist you with managing any pain and care for your treated areas until your discharge.

Contour your body

Issues like volume loss can make you feel less confident in your appearance. A fat transfer procedure reshapes and contours the body — so you feel better in your skin. If you are interested in learning about your options for treatment, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso in Miami, Fl. Our team has experience with a wide variety of cosmetic procedures and knows how to produce the best possible outcomes.

Fat Transfer FAQs

How Long do fat transfer Results Last?

A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. There is an ongoing research study that promises long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues, which involves Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.

How long does a fat transfer last?

When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get reabsorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results (i.e., lip enhancement), this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.

Will I have Scarring after a fat transfer?

Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing. 

Are there alternative Treatments?

For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkle problems, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid. For longer-term results, patients may consider PMMA, an injectable filler that offers an alternative solution. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Preparing for a surgical fat transfer usually involves consulting Dr. LaGrasso, who may ask you to undergo some medical tests. You might also be advised to stop taking certain medications or supplements that can increase bleeding.

Is it OK to work out after undergoing a fat transfer?

It's typically advised to refrain from exercising for about 2 – 4 weeks after the procedure to ensure proper healing. For tailored advice on when to resume physical activities, it's best to consult with Dr. LaGrasso.

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Recovery Time  
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Take The Natural Approach

If you wish to attain fuller lips or fill in hollow areas or lines, this treatment may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for larger areas like the breasts and buttocks. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want without choosing to undergo an invasive surgery that requires a lengthy recovery period or associated downtime. We welcome you to contact our team to schedule your consultation at Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D.

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