Thanks to advances in plastic surgery, patients have more options than ever when it comes to enhancing their physique. One increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure is fat transfer, also known as fat grafting. Fat transfer procedures use donor fat from one body area to augment another area. Top Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Ary Krau offers fat transfer procedures to patients who wish to augment the buttocks or breasts, or restore volume to facial areas.
In this blog post, Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Ary Krau reveals signs that you could benefit from fat transfer.
You Have Unwanted Fat Deposits
Undoubtedly one of the most appealing aspects of fat transfer is that it allows you to slim down one body area while augmenting another. Imagine eliminating bulges of fat from the thighs, abdomen, hips, back or another body while getting fuller cheeks, bigger breasts or a more voluptuous buttocks. This is all possible thanks to fat transfer.
It is important to note that patients need a sufficient amount of donor fat for fat transfer procedures. Thin patients with very little body fat may be better suited for alternative procedures that use implants or dermal fillers.
You Want the Most Natural-Looking Results
While modern body and facial implants are designed to closely mimic natural tissue, they can never fully replace the real thing. Fat transfer is a great choice for patients who are concerned about their results looking or feeling fake or unnatural. With fat transfer, your results will feel very natural because only your natural tissue is used. In addition, the donor fat is strategically injected into specific points in order to create the most natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing results.
You Have Sunken or Hollow Facial Areas
If your face has begun to appear hollow or sunken with age, fat transfer can help you restore youthful fullness and contours. Fat transfer can also be used to correct facial asymmetries and achieve better harmony among the facial features.
One benefit of restoring fullness with fat transfer is that the results last longer than with dermal fillers. The effects of dermal fillers can last between six months and two years, depending on the specific product used. Once the results wear out, you will need to undergo repeat treatments to maintain your results. Results with fat transfer can last many years. However, it should be noted that there is a chance of reabsorption. Some fat may be absorbed by the body, meaning not all fat transferred survives long-term. To compensate for possible reabsorption, your surgeon may slightly over-inject the body area, or recommend repeat sessions.
You Desire a Subtle Boost in Breast Size
As for breast augmentation, fat transfer is most appropriate for women who desire a modest increase in breast size, or women with thin skin and little breast tissue that cannot support breast implants. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is also a great option for patients who do not want to undergo an extensive surgery or recovery. Placing breast implants can take several hours to complete, while fat transfer is a much shorter procedure. Fat transfer uses injection points and/or very small incisions, so patients generally heal faster than with traditional breast augmentation.
If you are interested in learning more information about fat transfer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krau. Contact his Miami plastic surgery practice by calling (305) 861-6881 or emailing us today.