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
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"From the first time I walked through the doors and all through my recovery I was treated so nicely. Dr. Laverson spent a lot of time talking with me to really understand what it is that I want and what will be best for my body. Cherise was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. She was easy to get ahold of and super quick to respond to texts and always answered the phone. The nurses couldn’t have been more friendly or welcoming, they were relatable and down to earth. The anasthesiologist, Dr. Landon was very informative and kind and put me at ease. On the day of my surgery I knew I was in good hands and was not nervous at all. Throughout the process I felt as if I was their most important patient and am so glad I decided to get my breast augmentation surgery at Feel Beautiful."- C.C. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
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.