About Fat Transfers
As you age, you may begin to notice reduced fullness throughout your body. Areas like the breasts, buttocks, and cheeks will inevitably begin to lose volume over time, leading to lax and loose skin. Weight loss can also have this effect on the body. To solve this cosmetic issue that affects countless San Diego, CA women and men, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides minimally invasive fat transfers. This simple procedure utilizes your body's own fat, purifies the cells, and reinstates the fat in the desired areas, such as the cheeks, breasts, or buttocks. Areas in which your unwanted fat can be extracted are the thighs, flanks, lower back, and stomach. This revolutionary technique is sought out by many patients who desire a more natural augmentation rather than an implant. If you'd like to regain your youthful glow or enhance your silhouette by restoring lost volume throughout your body, schedule a consultation at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. This natural method consistently produces soft, gorgeous, and long-lasting outcomes.
What Are The Benefits Of A Fat Transfer?
The benefits of a fat transfer include:
Restoring lost volume in the face and hands for a rejuvenated appearance
Enhancing body features (breasts, buttocks, lips, cheeks)
Eliminating unwanted fat from problem areas
Contouring and reshaping the body
In addition to these aesthetic benefits, a fat transfer is also:
Safer than implants since it uses your own fat
More natural-looking and feeling
Less invasive than surgery
Only minimally scarring
Shorter recovery time
"Feel Beautiful is an amazing clinic consisting of kind-hearted people from the moment you enter & through & after the end of all your procedures. I had a great experience with Dr. Laverson who did my breast augmentation & I could not be happier with my results. He took the time to make sure I was sure about exactly what I wanted & provided me with great knowledge. Cherise at the front desk is so sweet & Kourtney is wonderful, too. Thank you for my wholesome experience! (:"- D.S. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"Dr. Laverson exceeded my expectations. He truly cares about you and your results. He is a dedicated, thoughtful, and compassionate Dr. Upon entering the medical office, the staff was kind and welcoming. Dr. Laverson took the time to answer all of my questions. He properly informed me about my procedure including pre-op, surgery and post-op. After my surgery, Dr. Laverson also followed up to ensure I was on a good road to recovery. Dr. Laverson and Courtney's professionalism, dedication and hard work made this whole process wonderful experience! They were also very easy to get a hold of and have questions answered right away.Dr. Laverson is incredible and I would highly recommend Feel Beautiful San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to anyone looking for an exceptional Dr. and staff."- I.I. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"Dr laverson is an amazing doctor. He’s professional, respectful & caring of his patients. He’s professional but not where you are scared to ask questions. He will give you his doctor opinion and consider what you are asking for. What I appreciate about dr laverson is he’s not money hungry. He’s not gonna say yes you because he wants your money. He has realistic expectations and tells you what they are. And the after care is exceptional from him and his staff. 5 stars for Feel Beautiful & Dr Laverson !"- M.B. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"6 weeks post op - happy with my results so far - From my initial consult with Dr Laverson I knew I was going to choose him as my surgeon. I had consulted with multiple plastic surgeons before my consult at Feel Beautiful and Dr Laverson put me the most at ease and I was most comfortable with the treatment plan he suggested. I thought I had an idea of what he would suggest because of my other consults (under the muscle implants and an anchor or lollipop lift and a tummy tuck, or extended tummy tuck as one dr suggested, muscle repair and lipo) but Dr Laverson was the first dr to recommend less invasive procedures. He recommended over the muscle implants and a donut lift, a tummy tuck and muscle repair but did not recommend lipo. This sealed the deal for me because it was obvious he didnt just care about selling more procedures but cared more about his patients and their recovery and results. After I scheduled my surgery everyone at Feel Beautiful was amazing and helpful whenever I called with any questions. At my pre op Dr Laverson went over all the aspects of my surgery( donut lift and 415cc mod+ implants over the muscle and a tummy tuck and muscle repair) and I was able to ask any questions I had. At my pre op I picked implants but a few days later I called because I had changed my mind about size and this was not a big deal at all. The morning of my surgery everything went smoothly and all the other nurses and staff who I met for the first time that morning were all great. My recovery has been smooth so far and any issues I have had Dr Laverson has responded to quickly and had me come in if he felt it was necessary just to be safe. I have spoken to several other of his patients who have all said that he is quick to address any issues that come up and although I was already happy with my choice this gave me extra reassurance about my choice.I am currently 6 weeks post op and while I am happy with my results so far I will wait to post photos until I am further along in my recovery and not so swollen anymore. I would 100% suggest Dr Laveron without any reservations to anyone considering cosmetic surgery."- T. / RealSelf / Feb 23, 2022
"Over a year since surgery - tummy is gorgeous - After consultations with several other doctors I met Dr. Laverson and I knew immediately that I would trust him with my tummy tuck. He listened, did not try to upsell to more extensive procedures (as both previous surgeons had done), was very thorough and meticulous, set realistic expectations, supported me during every step of the process, had a really fantastic staff (Kourtney is amazing) and he's absolutely masterful at his art. It's been over a year since my surgery and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. My tummy is gorgeous!"- R. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2022
Any woman and man who desires restored volume in areas of the body that appear visibly thin or deflated could benefit from fat grafting. This autologous treatment, which uses your body's own unwanted fat, is a natural enhancement technique that is known to produce seamless results. Because the fat will come from your own body (like the stomach, thighs, flanks, or lower back), there is little chance for an adverse reaction or rejection of the tissue. San Diego, CA patients considering this augmentation technique should have enough fat to be extracted so their goals can be met. Additionally, you should be physically healthy. Because the reinstalled fat will stay in place, your results should last for years to come.
Your fat transfer procedure will take place inside our on-site operating room. You will be given either general, local, or twilight anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat being extracted. To harvest your unwanted fat, a form of liposuction will be employed. A small incision will be made, and a cannula will be used to delicately loosen and remove the fat. Following this, the tissue will be placed in our state-of-the-art centrifuge, which will purify the substance. Your healthy fat will then be distributed to fine-needle syringes and administered throughout the desired areas of the body, such as the butt or breasts. The intricate injection process requires both artistic vision and a steady, meticulous application. Layer by layer, your extracted fat will be reinstated and massaged so that the surface area is smooth and seamless.
What to Expect
Once you have recovered, you will be released to heal in the comfort of your home. During your recovery period, it's important to pay special attention to two areas — where the fat was removed and where it was reinjected. Depending on the size of the extraction site and your new augmentation, you may take longer to fully heal. For example, a fat transfer to the lips may only require a 1 – 2-day recovery, whereas a Brazilian butt lift may take several weeks. Both the area of extraction and your new enhancement will appear red and swollen at first, but these effects should subside within a few days. One added benefit of the fat grafting technique is that the area in which liposuction was used will appear slimmer. This effective solution to volume loss yields long-lasting results because the reinstated fat will not disappear. However, a small amount of fat may be reabsorbed over time. Fat grafting is minimally invasive so scarring is not typically noticeable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer cost?
Your total fat transfer treatment expenses will depend on several factors, such as the amount of fat needed for extraction, what kind of anesthesia you're set to receive, and the size of the augmented area. Once your personalized treatment plan has been developed, Dr. Laverson will be able to accurately estimate your costs. During your consultation, we can discuss payments accepted by San Diego Cosmetic Clinic and provide you with information about medical financing.
Where can I have fat transferred?
A fat transfer can be performed throughout most areas of the body and face. Some of the most popular areas that receive this treatment are the butt (also known as the Brazilian butt lift), hands, face, and breasts. For breast augmentation or reconstruction, fat grafting can be used along with implants to address any surface irregularities. Volume loss caused by aging in the hands and face may also be improved with fat grafting, especially to add shape to your lips or in the hollows under your eyes. Let Dr. Laverson know where you would like to make improvements so he can develop your personalized fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer procedure can produce beautiful, effective results that last a long time with proper maintenance and care. Dr. Laverson employs advanced fat grafting methods to limit potential reabsorption. However, there will still likely be a small amount of fat that does not adhere to the new area and gets reabsorbed by the body. Dr. Laverson can account for this by transferring a little more fat than is necessary.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
During your consultation with Dr. Laverson, he will discuss the amount of fat that is required to meet your goals. You might not have enough excess fat to transfer; however, this is usually only a problem for those who want a large volume of fat transferred or have a low body fat percentage. Fat may be taken from several areas, or you could receive donor fat. Dr. Laverson will explain all of your choices during your one-on-one at his San Diego, CA office.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 4 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Take the Natural Approach
If you yearn for a more voluptuous shape, then an autologous fat transfer could be a wonderful solution for you. As we age, women and men can begin to notice depleted volume throughout their body. Thankfully, fat grafting is a versatile cosmetic treatment that offers many options for physical enhancement. To learn more about this innovative method, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson at his San Diego, CA office. Our team at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic looks forward to telling you about this wonderful procedure.