The transfer of fat has quickly become one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures ! Why? Because you can take fat from the abdomen and add it to the buttocks and breasts! It can also be used to correct gynecomastia (male breast tissue) and previous lipo irregularities.In addition, it is a fantastic alternative to dermal fillers for the face and hands to rejuvenate and restore lost volume. Come for a consultation to see how to have a younger look naturally!
The goal of fat transfer, otherwise known as fat grafting, is to naturally improve the body by extracting fat cells from a certain area and injecting it into the area of concern. When performing this procedure, fat is harvested using VASER Hi-Def Liposuction from any area of the body where there is excess fat. It may be necessary to take fat from more than one area to get enough to make a successful transfer. The fat is then purified and treated to prevent infection and reintroduced via small syringes into the area requiring additional volume.
This specific method of fat transplantation has now become the worldwide standard for this type of surgery.
Because fat transfers use a patient’s own fat cells, it is considered biocompatible, which means that patients significantly reduce the risk of allergic reactions or rejection of the body. The fat that is reinjected into the specified area will gain its own supply of blood and make a long-lasting home. This body sculpting procedure achieves the ultimate goal of the patient without the hassle of implants or short-term results of dermal loads.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate for a fat transfer procedure should:
Being in good physical and mental health
Have enough excess fat deposits that can be removed to increase the area of concern
Do not be overweight
Have realistic expectations of procedure and results
Fat transfer is used to help a range of different issues and concerns that a patient may have with their body. The fat transplant can be used to reduce wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars and add volume to the face, breasts, hands and / or buttocks while slimming other parts of the body. If a patient desires a natural increase while bypassing their body, they are encouraged to come with Dr. Tawfik SEFRIOUI and see if a fat transfer can achieve their goals.
Types of Fat Transfers
Fat transfer is a general term to describe the transferring of fat from one location of the body to another. Below is a list of the fat transfer procedures offer Dr.Tawfik SEFRIOUI :
Facial Fat Transfer
Facial fat transfer is performed on patients who have deep creases, wrinkles, and/or volume loss on the face. Common treatments are smile lines, deep set forehead lines, and cheek, temple, and lip augmentation. Facial fat transfer can also help diminish acne scars. The fat used for transfer is normally pulled from the thighs, abdomen, or love handles.
Hand rejuvenation is beneficial for patients who are starting to see signs of aging on their hands. Fat transfer to the hands will decrease tendon and vein visibility and add youthful volume. This procedure has the benefits dermal fillers would provide but lasts incredibly longer.
Natural breast augmentation can be achieved using the fat graft technique. This is ideal for women looking to increase their breast size without implants. Patients who want a more dramatic transformation should consider breast implants. Breast fat transfer has its advantages over implants. It does not require the need to remove and replace the implants because they have a long history of blood supply. There is also no chance of an adverse reaction with a big transfer because the material is not foreign to the body.
Calf Augmentation is a procedure designed to add size and shape to the calves, making them more contoured and providing a more aesthetically pleasing, shapely look. This procedure is performed just like any other fat transfer procedure. The doctor will excess fat from another part of the body and then strategically inject into the calves. Calf augmentation leaves patients feeling more confident, especially when wearing shorts and swimwear.
Buttock augmentation, otherwise referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift, avoids the use of implants by placing fat into buttock that has been extracted from a different area. Fat is often taken from the lower back, abdomen, and thigh to increase the appearance of projection.
With this fat transfer procedure, the butt is given a full, curvaceous shape that feels natural – because it is!
Fat Transfer Process
Dr. Tawfik SEFRIOUI performs fat transfers with 3 main steps: harvesting, transferring, and placement. Harvesting entails the removal of the excess fat from the designated area using liposuction for extraction. The transferal of the removed fat into small surgical syringes is the next step. The doctor then processes and purify the fat cells.
This allows viable fat to be broken down and placed into different locations on the body. The last step of the procedure is the placement. Placement is done by injecting the fat cells into the chosen area and inserted multiple times until the desired results have been met. Dr. Tawfik SEFRIOUI will place his patients in bandages or a compression garment to help prevent bruising and swelling.
Recovery & Results
It is important to have transportation set up, as well as someone that can assist with daily activities or any concerns that come along during recovery. Dr. Tawfik SEFRIOUI provides each patient with specific post-op instructions in order to obtain the best results. Normally within 2-3 days, the bandages will be removed and the patient is able to shower again. Common symptoms in the recovery stage are redness/bruising for the first 2-3 days and swelling that can last a few weeks.
In addition to the VASER lipo healing and recovery process, you will also need to be aware of the newly transferred fat, making sure you do not apply any direct pressure on the area for a minimum of two weeks post operatively. We recommend two weeks off work for buttock fat transfers to accommodate this.
Fat transfer can achieve fantastic, natural-looking results for those people who have enough excess fat, and the desire to enlarge or re-volumise an area, or correct an imbalance in contour. Because fat transfer is meant to last longer than fillers while providing a very natural-looking correction to the area of choice, it is a very good choice for our patients who are not looking to completely alter their body. Most results are long lasting because the fat cells are excepted by the body, whereas fillers and implants have a chance of the body rejecting them.