Fat Transfer

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Fat Transfer

Everyone has fat cells. But these fatty cells don’t always appear when and where we want them. Fat transfer, a minimally invasive technology, was designed to help patients improve the volume and contour of the buttocks, face, hands, hips, breasts, or abdomen by transferring their own fat cells to and from these areas. Fat cells are generally harvested from contours of the body that patients are dissatisfied with, due to the abundance of fatty pockets in those areas. In the process of the fat transfer procedure, patients have been pleased with the positive and natural looking results from where fat cells where taken from and delivered to.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fat Transfer

Ideal fat transfer candidates are people who would like to add subtle, natural volume to one or more areas of the body or rejuvenate the aging face. Candidates for fat transfer must be in general good health for safety reasons. Patients must have enough fat to be used for the desired type of transfer—more for fat transfer to the buttocks or hips, less for fat transfer to the face. Prior liposuction can create scar tissue, limiting potential harvest sites. Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure, and explore all available treatment options before making a decision.

The fat transfer procedure may be performed under a number of different anesthesia types (from local to general), depending on the number of areas to be treated, and the amount of fat to be transferred. Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure at the Emory Aesthetic Center, and begins with liposuction, generally of the stomach, hips, or thighs. During the first part of the treatment, fat is gently removed from the harvest sites through small incisions and the areas contoured for a more aesthetically-pleasing silhouette.

Harvested fat is then gently strained and prepared for injection, with minimal handling or manipulation to help assure good graft survival.

The only incisions involved with fat transfer are those caused by the liposuction surgery used for fat harvest. The fat injection process that follows is minimally invasive. Therefore, people often experience only a brief recovery period, getting back to normal activities quickly. Patients should expect to take about a week off to rest and heal following surgery. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal side effects, but any pain can be controlled with medication, and should subside within a few days.

Results appear gradually over a period of months as swelling goes down and the grafted fat establishes itself in the treated areas. Patients can expect to see final results from the procedure after about 6 months.

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