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Fat Transfer

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What is a Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation and microlipoinjection, entails removing fat from one area of the body, and transferring it to another. It can be an alternative to receiving implants. For example, you may choose to have a fat transfer to your breasts rather than traditional breast augmentation. Fat transfer has the added benefit of not only enhancing one area of your body, but removing unwanted fat from another. For a fat transfer to small areas, you’ll receive local anesthesia in two spots: the “donor” site from which fat will be removed, and the “recipient” site where the fat will be injected back into your body. Next, a small needle attached to a syringe will be used to extract fat from your donor area. Excess fluid is removed, and the fat is injected into the recipient area. The process is repeated until the desired results are achieved. Fat transfer to a larger area—the buttocks, for example—may begin with liposuction.

Where Can
the Fat are Transferred To?

You can receive a fat transfer to nearly any spot on your body where you want more volume. Popular areas include the breasts, buttocks, cheeks, lips, hips, and hands.

To the Breasts

If you only want to increase your bust by about one cup size, and you want a more natural look than implants provide, this may be the option for you. For a fat transfer to your breasts, fat can be removed from your waist, thighs, buttocks, arms, or back. You do need to have enough pinchable fat in one or more of those areas. If you don’t, but you still want larger breasts, you may want to consider traditional breast augmentation.

To the Buttocks

This procedure is commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift with fat transfer. Unwanted fat is taken from the areas surrounding the buttocks, such as the abdomen, inner thighs or love handles, and is placed into the butt, thereby enlarging and lifting the butt, and offering a perkier profile.

To the Face

As we age, we begin to lose the fat that gives our faces a plump, youthful look. A fat transfer can fill out cheeks and other spots on the face to recapture a younger look. If, for some reason, a facial fat transfer won’t work for you, you may want to consider dermal fillers, which can offer the same results.

To the Hands and Feet

Along with your face and neck, your hands are one the first places on your body where aging becomes noticeable. Over time, the skin on the hands thins, exposing the bones, veins and tendons underneath, and making wrinkles more visible. Fat can be taken from another area, such as your abdomen, and used to plump the skin and add volume to your hands, thereby regaining their more youthful appearance. Fat can also be transferred to the feet to alleviate similar signs of aging.

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Preparing for a Fat Transfer Procedures

At least two weeks prior to your fat transfer procedure, you should stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Nicotine and alcohol can inhibit the body’s ability to recover properly from surgical procedures. You’ll also want to eat healthily, and avoid both overeating and restrictive dieting. Your body will need nourishment to heal. Also remember that you’ll need fat in the donor areas in order for the fat transfer to be performed. Following a strict diet can result in fat loss, and make the fat transfer impossible. Fat transfers are performed on an outpatient basis, so also be sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

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Toronto Cosmetic Clinic offers FREE consultation for all the procedures we perform. Come in and we’ll discuss the dramatic yet natural results you can get from fat transfer.

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Fat Transfer
Question & Answer

  • Where is fat taken from?

    Fat can be taken from the thighs, abdomen, arms, hips, and back.

  • If I do not have enough fat, can I use someone else’s?

    No. Your body will consider this to be “foreign” tissue, and will reject it. This poses a health risk, and at TCC, your safety is our highest priority. If you don’t have enough fat, we can discuss other options with you.

  • Are fat transfer results permanent?

    Fat transferred to areas of the body that do not move generally lasts longer. Cheeks, for example, may only require one treatment, while an area like the lips may require more. Keep in mind that only about 30% to 40% of the transferred fat will survive. This is why it takes a few months to see the final results.

  • What should I expect after the procedure?

    You’ll see some swelling and possibly bruising in the treated areas, and may also experience some soreness. This will gradually dissipate over a few weeks. Avoid moving the treated areas while they heal, if at all possible.

  • When will I see results?

    You’ll be able to see the results of your fat transfer in about three to four months. However, this depends on the areas treated as well as your general health. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you.