A large volume fat transfer uses fat from a problematic area of the body (i.e. love handles) to restore volume to another area of the body. One area is enhanced, and the other area is contoured, allowing patients to take back control of their appearance.
Over time, a person’s body will change due to the effects of gravity, age, hormones and weight fluctuations in areas where it’s difficult to shed excess pounds, such as the buttocks, thighs and abdomen.
Patients consider undergoing a large volume fat transfer for a number of reasons, including:
- Certain body areas that appear sunken in or creased
- Filling body depressions and rejuvenating them
- Improving overall body contour and diminishing the appearance of scars
- Achieving more permanent results than temporary fillers can provide
Instead of filling out body areas with dermal fillers that are only temporary, a fat transfer uses the patient’s own fat to make a change. This autologous fat reduces the chances of allergic reactions, simply by placing your own fat into a different section of the body. Fat transfers are also sought after for their natural appearance and long-lasting effects.
To achieve rejuvenating results, the patient must first choose which area of their body they would like to focus on. Some of the most common areas include the face, breasts and buttocks. During this procedure, a patient will be placed under sedation or general anesthesia. Once a body area is chosen for harvesting, an incision will be made. Using liposuction, fat will be gently suctioned out of the designated area. The fat that is suctioned out is then processed before being injected into the site of the new augmentation.
Depending on the location of the suction and injections, each incision will be made along the natural lines and contours of the body. After the procedure is completed, incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures.
Most large volume fat transfers are completed within two to four hours. Afterward, the patient will have to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to provide support, help skin conform to the new contours of the body and minimize swelling. Pain medication can be prescribed to aid in the healing process as well.
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