Fat Grafting

Fat Transfer
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Optimize your look with a Fat Transfer in Beverly Hills

Fat transfer is the surgical process of transferring fat from a fat-abundant donor area, purifying it, and inserting it into the target area for a more youthful appearance. It is a minimally invasive technique that utilizes the excess fat on any body area—typically the abdomen or thighs. This fat is tranferred to the treatment area to naturally restore the volume to virtually any body area, including the breasts, face, or buttocks.

Fat transfer is a highly effective and safe technique for breast augmentation, facial fat grafting, and lip augmentation because it is yours. Your body cannot react to or refuse it; you cannot have any allergic reaction to it. Fat transfer results gradually develop over six months, with optimal results lasting a lifetime.

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What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also called Autologous Fat Grafting or Lipofilling is the removal of adipose tissue (subcutaneous fat) from one body area and re-injection into the augmentation area. Subcutaneous fat is the ideal tissue source for fat transfer procedures, as it is relatively easy to extract and has a high survival rate. In addition, transferred fat cells from the same body tend to integrate well with the surrounding tissue, resulting in natural-looking results.

Fat injections are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. The popularity of this procedure has recently skyrocketed because it offers a more natural alternative than other cosmetic surgeries. Fat transfer is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that offers long-lasting results and does not call for the use of implants or other synthetic materials.

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Fat Transfer Benefits

Fat transfer is a safe and effective way to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence. A surgical lipofilling can give you a more contoured appearance and enhance facial or bodily symmetry by restoring volume to deficient areas.

What Results to Expect:

  • Fat Removal: The procedure removes unwanted fat from a body part, altering the shape, size, and contours of the area.
  • Reduces Wrinkles & Restores Volume: Fat transfer can fill deep wrinkles on your face and hands, enhancing your contours and improving the facial profile.
  • Low Risk of Allergies and Bodily Rejection: Lipofilling utilizes the patient’s tissues, significantly reducing the risk of adverse effects.
  • Waist-Hip Ratio Improvement: The procedure enhances the waist-to-hip ratio, making the waistline slimmer.
  • More Defined Appearance: Fat transfer can provide enhanced definition to areas such as the breasts, buttocks, calves, or arms.
  • Rejuvenated Appearance: Adding volume to areas experiencing loss resurrects a plumped and more youthful appearance.
  • Minimal Scarring: No large incisions are performed, resulting in insignificant scarring.
  • Minimal Recovery Time: Relatively minor procedure with a shorter recovery time of 10 - 15 days, unless your job requires you to lift heavy materials. In such a case, consider taking 3 - 4 weeks.
  • Permanent Results: Patients can expect to retain 20%-50% of the transferred fat permanently.

How Long Will Results Last?

Since it is a natural process, results depend entirely on the patient’s anatomy. Although it has more substantial and enduring results than fillers, the longevity will vary depending on the patient’s body as they age. Generally, the results last a lifetime with a healthy lifestyle.

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Fat Transfer Cost & Pricing Structure

Fat grafting costs vary depending on the treatment area(s) and the amount of fat needed for augmentation.

  • US National Average: $10,000 - $15,000
  • Our Price: Costs can vary depending on the provider. Please contact us for an estimate.
  • Additional Costs: There may be additional costs for pain medication or recovery supplies. Typically, the fees include the following:
    • Surgeon’s fee
    • Anesthesia fees
    • Facility fees
    • Follow-up appointments
  • Insurance: Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. We offer a variety of payment options for your convenience.

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How the Procedure Works

The fat transfer surgery can take 1-4 hours to complete. To achieve the best results, consult with our renowned surgeons at Nazarian Plastic Surgery. Your surgeon will explain the procedure details, preparation information, and aftercare instructions to ensure you are well informed throughout the process.

Before & Preparation

  • Stay Hydrated: Maintain proper hydration levels.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Steer clear of alcohol and smoking in the weeks leading up to your procedure.
  • Avoid Blood Thinners: Do not use foods, drinks, and supplements that can increase the risk of thinning the blood; for example, ginger, cayenne peppers, alcohol, and vitamin E.
  • Avoid Taking Aspirin: Use Tylenol for over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Discuss Your Expectations: Communicate with your surgeon to understand the risks and potential complications associated with the surgery.

During the Procedure

The fat grafting procedure utilizes either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic. It involves three main stages:

  • Removing the Fat: your surgeon will make small incisions in the skin and insert a thin tube to suction out small amounts of fat. The cuts are then closed with stitches.
  • Purifying the Fat: the fat is purified using special equipment, separating the fat from other fluids.
  • Injecting the Fat: Your surgeon will reinject the small, purified amounts of fat into the desired area using sharp-needle intradermal fat grafting (SNIF).

The procedure typically takes 1-4 hours to complete. You may be able to leave the facility soon after the surgery is completed, or you may need to remain in the hospital overnight.

Aftercare & Recovery

The most important part of the recovery process is making sure that you follow the aftercare instructions. Most people do not experience difficulties after fat grafting, but it is essential to practice caution. Aftercare instructions may vary depending on the desired form of fat transfer.

  • Support Garments: Wear support garments for at least three weeks, 24 hours daily.
  • Breast augmentation: Sleep on your back with your head elevated on 2 - 3 pillows to minimize swelling after breast augmentation.
  • Hip augmentation: do not lie on your back; instead, lie on your chest. Follow this routine for a month or until your wounds are healed properly.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activity: Avoid heavy physical activity for a few weeks and get plenty of rest to help expedite healing.
  • Avoid Drinking Alcohol: Avoid drinking alcohol if you are taking painkillers; taking these two substances together can lead to serious health problems.
  • Keep Light Diet: Eat a light, low-fat meal if you feel nauseated; otherwise, you may eat a regular meal.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water daily.

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Treatment Areas

Fat transfer is a versatile procedure that can treat nearly any area with a divot or deformity due to volume loss. For example, fat can be repositioned from your abdomen and gently grafted into facial folds, improving the contours of that area. The most common regions that require augmentation via fat transfer include,

  • Face
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Hands
  • Calves

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Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?

If you are over 18, are in good health, and have a BMI lower than 30, you may be a candidate for fat transfer surgery. Your surgeon will examine you during the preliminary consultation to confirm your eligibility.

Fat transfer can be beneficial for any adult seeking natural-looking improvements in their appearance. The procedure will help to add volume to areas that have lost fullness due to weight loss, aging, pregnancy, or genetics.

  • Typical Age: Above 17
  • Weight: BMI below 30

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Similar & Related Procedures

  • Implants: Implants are the most popular and invasive option. They involve surgically inserting silicone or saline implants into the body. While they look natural and deliver sufficient volume, they can be expensive and require regular maintenance.
  • Dermal Fillers: Fillers are injectable gel-like substances that help restore volume to areas of the face that have lost fullness due to aging. There are various types of fillers for different indications. Most fillers provide temporary relief from signs of aging.

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Side Effects & Risks

Although the use of the patient's tissue reduces the risk of adverse effects, you may experience some post-treatment side effects such as:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Temporary numbness
  • Bleeding
  • Small scars: scarring typically fades within 12-18 months
  • Loss of some of the fat from the injected area during the first few months

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Fat Transfer Reviews

“Dr. Nazarian and her team are incredible! I had breast augmentation one week ago, and I couldn't be happier with not only the results, but the recovery process. Dr. Nazarian has perfected the process from start to finish, to set you up for a quick and painless recovery. She and her team are friendly and accommodating, the surgery center was not intimidating at all, and I felt well taken care of the entire time. Afterwards, I had no pain or bruising in my breasts whatsoever, but I also iced religiously, took my pain meds, and took 5 full days to relax and heal. My body was a little sore and I was very tired for a week, but that's to be expected with surgery and anesthesia. Follow instruction from Dr. Nazarian, show yourself love and patience, and know that you are in great hands if you choose Dr. Nazarian for any service or procedure! I absolutely recommend her and her team.”
Emma K.
San Diego, CA

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Dr Sheila Nazarian Plastic Surgeon

Yes, at Nazarian Plastic Surgery and Spa26 we offer financing through third-party providers, Care Credit and Lending USA , both which offer our patient 0% interest for up to 6 months!

At Nazarian Plastic Surgery, we have built a state of the art certified surgical center located right in our office to ensure patients have the most comfortable experience while undergoing any surgical procedures.

Our philosophy at Nazarian Plastic Surgery and Spa26 is to provide our patients with the most natural looking results. Our goal is to not change the way our patients look, however to help them become a better version of themselves!

We do not accept any type of insurance at our practice, however we do accept financing options through third party providers, Care Credit and LendingUSA both which offer 0% interest for up to 6 months!

All of the providers at our office come to us with years of experience in the cosmetic industry as well as have been personally trained by Dr. Sheila Nazarian to ensure similar techniques and results are performed.

Fat transfer is a natural process, so longevity will depend on the patient's age, health, and how the body absorbs the fat. Generally, the fat cells remaining after six months should be adequately established and last many years. Adhere to the surgeon's instructions to retain effectiveness.

 The cons of fat transfer depend on the patient’s anatomy:

    • Limited Augmentation Capability: The augmented size relies on the fat available in the body.
    • Fat Absorption: The body reabsorbs fat, resulting in a loss of volume.
    • No Breast Lift: It increases volume in a natural shape; it cannot lift breasts.

Fat transfer is not a painful procedure, but recovery can be uncomfortable. Patients usually experience bruising and swelling after the surgery, which dissipates in a few weeks. Most people report that the pain is minimal and manageable with over-the-counter medication.

Although facial fat grafting can provide long-lasting results, the average person who undergoes this procedure can expect results to last at least three years. However, this varies from patient to patient. The body reabsorbs some fat cells, and touch-ups become necessary to retain results.

You may need approximately 200 to 400 cc of fat per breast and at least 500 to 800 cc of fat per buttock. During the consultation, the doctor will determine the amount of fat you require, depending upon the treatment area.

Depending upon how well the body accepts the fat, patients should see final results within 6-9 months. However, improvement may be visible within a few days post-procedure.

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