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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.
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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.
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.