Fat Transfer in Austin, TX
When looking to enhance your appearance, a fat transfer can provide many benefits. Fat transfer is a multi-step procedure that removes fat from less-than-ideal locations and uses it to subtly enhance targeted areas, such as the face, body, and breasts. This two-for-one deal allows a patient to address multiple body concerns in a single operation.
What Are the Benefits of a Fat Transfer?
What Are Your Concerns About a Fat Transfer?
Patients are advised to keep pressure, weight, and tension off the sites where the fat has been injected for two to six weeks. This is to give the fat cells time to re-establish themselves in the new location. Failure to do this can result in some fat cells dying, which will reduce the procedure’s overall results. Most patients can return to work within a week of the procedure. Most daily activities may be resumed after two to three weeks, but rigorous activities should be avoided for six weeks.
Patients will experience swelling and mild to moderate discomfort immediately following the procedure. These symptoms can be alleviated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medications.
Scars from the liposuction procedure may occur but will usually be small and easy to conceal. There should be no scarring around the fat injection sites.
Initial results may be visible within one to two weeks as swelling subsides. However, due to the risk of fat absorption, the treated areas may remain over-sized for some weeks following the procedure. Final results should stabilize between two and six months following the procedure. The degree of fat absorption varies with each patient, so patients should contact Dr. Pearce if their results are less than adequate after six months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for a fat transfer?
Ideal candidates for a fat transfer are in good health with unwanted fat deposits and areas where subtle and natural-looking enhancement is desirable. Patients should be aware that fat injections will not have the same effect as implants or more aggressive surgical treatments. Be sure to discuss your goals with Dr. Pearce during your consultation.
How much does fat transfer surgery cost in Austin?
The cost of a fat transfer will vary depending on the areas the fat is removed from and the locations where it is injected. The price of a fat transfer may also vary depending on the facility, surgeon, and anesthesia fees. Dr. Pearce will provide you with a personalized quote after your consultation once he has developed a treatment plan.
How much larger will my breasts get with fat transfer?
If a fat transfer is used to enhance the volume of breasts, patients can expect to gain between a half cup and a full cup. This may vary depending on the amount of fat extracted, injected, and the patient’s physical condition. For women looking for substantial breast enlargement, breast implants are still more reliable as they allow for a more significant increase in size.
Fat grafting to the breasts is ideal for women interested in a subtle enlargement and do not want traditional silicone or saline implants.
How long will my fat transfer results last?
Liposuction results and subsequent body contouring will be effectively permanent, provided the patient maintains a stable weight. Excessive weight gain may cause the benefits of fat extraction to fade. The enhanced areas will also be permanently affected; however, volume loss tends to occur over time due to age, and a fat transfer can only slow this process, not stop it entirely. Therefore, the beneficial aspects of a fat transfer may fade over time depending on the areas treated, the amount of fat injected, and the patient’s rate of fat absorption.
Because the injection areas will have a higher volume of fat cells, they will see the greatest increase should weight gain occur.
What are the risks of fat transfer surgery?
Because the procedure carries no risk of rejection, fat transfers are among the safest of all cosmetic surgeries. However, as with any surgery, there are some unavoidable risks. These may include:
- Death of fat cells (necrosis)
- Fat migration (outside the targeted areas)