Fat transfer is a great option available now in plastic surgery. Fat can be transferred from the abdomen, back and/or thigh to the face, breast and buttock. Amplification with fat rejuvenates body regions impacted by age, weight changes, surgery, and pregnancy.
Fat grafting requires liposuction to sterilely provide fat for augmentation of other areas of the body. While fat removal may be a secondary benefit of the fat transfer procedure, many patients really love the results of liposuction. Only a limited volume of fat can be reliably transferred as the recipient site can only provide so much circulation to allow the fat to live. Some patients return for additional sessions of fat grafting beyond the primary session to achieve results beyond those one can reach with only one session. Click here for mommy makeover photos.
Fat may be transferred to the face, breast, and buttock. As the face ages, it loses volume. With fat transfer, the cheeks become fuller, the folds between the nose and lips become less perceptible, and the lips become plumper with elevation and minimization of fine lines. The result is a softer face that is more uplifted.
Some women desire improved fullness of the breast without implants. They want a natural result with more subtle enhancement. Fat grafting to the breast results in rejuvenation of the tissues and particularly of the nipple, with increase in bra size by ½ cup to a cup.
Fat grafting is also great for women who have undergone breast cancer treatment with lumpectomy and radiation. Despite the fact that this type of surgery is called breast conservation, asymmetry will result with removal of a breast mass followed by radiation. Fat will help augment a breast made smaller by mass removal and will soften a breast made firm by radiation. This application of fat grafting often requires more than one session.
Many women are interested in amplifying their buttock region, whether it be because of significant weight loss or because of genetic predisposition. As all women know, the buttock is a very happy recipient for fat. Liposuction of the hip and lower mid back will also help improve the appearance and shape of the buttock.
The beauty of fat transfer is that no foreign material is placed in the body. Another positive, important aspect of this surgery is that incisions are insignificant and recovery is relatively short and low maintenance, with minimal time necessary for time off of work. How much of the fat will survive? Reliably, 50% of the fat moved into a body region will survive.
Article provided by Dr Michele Shermak – located in Baltimore MD area.