Want a natural, nonsurgical solution for areas of the body that have lost that youthful, full appearance? Fat transfer (or autologous fat transplantation) is a wonderful way to combat the loss of volume that occurs with the aging process.

What is involved with a fat transfer?

Fat transfer, as the name implies, involves removing cells from an area of the body with ample fat (such as the stomach or thighs) for implantation in an area that has lost volume. At the start of the fat transfer procedure, your plastic surgeon will numb both treatment areas. Using a thin needle, the doctor carefully removes a specific amount of fat from the donor site. Then, after the fat cells are purified, the doctor gently implants them and re-contours the area for a flawless, natural appearance. The transfer process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the patient’s needs.

What can a fat transfer correct?

The fat transfer procedure can have a very positive effect on areas of the face and body that are showing signs of aging. Popular treatment sites include the cheeks and buttocks. Also, fat transfer may be used to create balance in body areas that are asymmetrical or deformed. Results can last for many years and may even prove permanent for some.

What is the recovery like?

Healing after fat transfer is quick, and results can be seen almost immediately. Every patient’s experience is unique, depending on factors like the treatment area chosen and how much fat is being transferred. In general, fat transfer recipients can expect to be back to work in one to three days (for small fat grafts) and resume light exercise at the one-week mark. Touch-ups are often recommended to achieve ideal, even contours.

Fat transfer is a great procedure to do in combination with other anti-aging options, such as the Brow Lift, Eyelid Lift, Facelift, Botox®, Restylane®, Hydrelle™, or Sculptra™.

If you are searching for a way to restore lost volume and fight the signs of aging, learn more about the safe and effective fat transfer procedure. Please contact Dr. Aycock today to set up your consultation and get information on patient financing.

—Lindsey Kesel, Cosmetic Surgery Consultant