Also known as fat grafting, a fat transfer is a procedure that uses liposuction to remove fat from an area on the body where the fat layer is thick. These fats deposits are collected and purified, then reinstated into another part of the body that needs volume. Common areas on the body where a fat transfer may be performed include the breasts, buttocks, lips and face. Fat transfers are performed to meet an aesthetic purpose. While the results are natural, beautiful and can last for years, some of the fat may be absorbed back into the body over time which is why Dr. Fernau uses the HydraSolve® system for liposuction. HydraSolve removes the fat in a liquid form there are no lumps or bumps, so it is ideally suited for buttock grafting, breast enhancement, facial liquid facelift, and hand rejuvenation. Patients who desire a permanent result may consider silicone implants instead. Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau has studied the fat transfer process for many years. He has perfected his technique and has created outstanding outcomes for countless patients.
What Are the Benefits of A Fat Transfer?
Fat transfers offer a lot of incredible benefits to improve and refresh your appearance as an alternative to traditional fillers. The advantages of a fat transfer in Coraopolis, PA at Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa include:
- Enhances targeted body regions (buttocks, breasts, cheeks, lips)
- Accentuates natural curves
- Less invasive than other cosmetic surgery procedures
- Quicker healing period
- Replaces lost volume for a more vibrant look (hands, face)
- Extracts stubborn fat in bothersome areas (back, thighs, abdomen, and more)
- Minimal scarring
- Remodels and contours the physique
- Results have a natural feel and look
- Safer in comparison with implants because it harnesses the body’s natural fat tissue
- Provides a more natural treatment
Fat Transfer Reviews
"Dr Fernau and his entire practice were an absolute dream to work with. From Mara at the desk, to the nurse Sheila, and the doctor himself. I got a mini tummy tuck, lipo, and fat grafting. My TT scar is so low! Perfectly carved. I am so grateful to have found him."- B.K. / Google / Jun 07, 2023
" want to start by thanking Dr. Fernau and his staff for all they did for me. Not only did they make the surgery process comfortable, but they showed me grace and kindness from the start. It can be quite an intimidating process to obtain a surgery. Additionally, to take care of something that has been a bother for about 15 years of life. Sheila, Sherry, Ryan, Amber, Michelle, Mara, Cindy, Alexa, and Amenah are quite an all star team. Dr. Fernau and staff performed SAFE Liposuction of my chest with Renuvion radio frequency tightening and fat grafting into the pectoralis major muscle. I couldn’t be happier with the results. 15 years of pain and discomfort gone in a few short hours. All of my fears of post surgery went scarce with the support from the staff and post operation procedures. I can’t thank them enough for the lending hand."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 20, 2023
"I called Dr Fernau’s office for an emergency implant replacement after an unfortunate mammogram incident . My prior Dr from 21 years ago retired and Dr Fernau’s office immediately scheduled me right in. By the following Monday I was scheduled for surgery and could not be happier with the results. They replaced both implants and a fat transfer which now allows me to zip up those old jeans. An extra bonus! The nurses and staff are wonderful and they make you feel comfortable. Dr Fernau is an artist in his field. I highly recommend and cannot thank them all enough!"- H.C. / Google / Sep 12, 2023
"Extremely Professional and Comfortable Experience - Dr. Fernau sat with my husband and I and discussed all the options we had. We felt that he took his time answering our questions. All of the staff were beyond kind. I had liposuction of abdomen, flanks, and back. Had an augmentation and fat grafting to breasts. Would recommend 10/10"- A. / RealSelf / Jul 16, 2023
"Extremely Professional and Comfortable Experience - Dr. Fernau sat with my husband and I and discussed all the options we had. We felt that he took his time answering our questions. All of the staff were beyond kind. I had liposuction of abdomen, flanks, and back. Had an augmentation and fat grafting to breasts. Would recommend 10/10"- A. / RealSelf / Jul 15, 2023
During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. An antibiotic solution is used which allows for a complete separation of the fat so that only healthy tissue is used for reinjection. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.
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Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted.
The cost for a fat transfer will vary. Again, it will depend on the size of the area treated and how much fat was removed and transferred. The price can range as low as $3,000-$6,000, and can go as high as $15,000.
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- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Fat Transfer FAQs
How Long Do The Results Last?
A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. There is an ongoing research study that promises long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues, which involves Platelet Rich Plasma to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.
Loss of Volume?
When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results (i.e., lip enhancement), this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.
How About Scarring?
Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing.
For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkle problems, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid. For long-term results, patients may consider PMMA, an injectable filler that offers a semi-permanent solution. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
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