Fat Transfer Surgery in San Diego, CA

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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

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

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Recovery Time  
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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.

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