Fat transfer involves transferring fat from one area of the body to another area to increase size and improve shape. The procedure involves removing fat by suctioning it out either manually (manual liposuction) or using a power assisted device to suction the fat (power assisted liposuction). The procedure could be limited to one small area or involve full-blown liposuction of an entire section of the body. It can be done in the operating room under general anesthesia, less common nowadays, or it can be done in an office or surgery center under local anesthesia using a solution called tumescent fluid which is a combination of medications to anesthetize the area treated, reduce bleeding. The anesthesia achieved allows the patient to have the surgery awake and pain-free.

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What are the indications for fat transfer?

Areas on the body that have lost volume and are amenable to fat replacement treatment.

What areas are usually treated with fat transfer?

  1. Face
  2. Breast
  3. Hands
  4. Penis
  5. Buttocks (Brazilian butt lift)

What are the advantages of fat transfer?

  1. It’s totally natural
  2. No chance of allergic or immunologic reactions
  3. Lasts for a long time
  4. If done appropriately by qualified and experienced physician results can be excellent
  5. Minimal downtime.

What are the side effects of fat transfer?

  1.  Infection
  2.  Bleeding
  3. Fat emboli (rare)
  4. Fat loss ( fat reabsorption or fat cell death)
  5. Skin irregularities
  6. Swelling & Bruising
  7. Pain

Considering the alternative, in most cases being full-blown surgery, fat transfer procedure is relatively noninvasive, less cost prohibitive, very safe procedure when done by an experienced and well-trained Doctor, with potentially excellent results.