Autologous Fat Transfer Surgery (Fat Grafting or Injection with Liposuction) – Raleigh, NC

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About Fat Transfers

When people age or go through weight fluctuation, they lose natural roundness and shape in specific body areas that were once voluminous. A terrific way to regain lost volume is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). A fat transfer extracts fat from one place on the body, and injects it into another area that could benefit from additional volume. A fat transfer can be used on widespread areas such as the breasts or buttocks or on delicate and smaller features such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when a patient wants natural enhancement rather than using a device (such as an implant) or a filler. Raleigh, NC plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Lyle is skilled in utilizing the most effective liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center creates natural-looking, appealing outcomes.

Ideal Candidates

Individuals who wish to have additional smoothness and volume in specific places that appear flat may be appropriate candidates for a fat transfer. This specialized enhancement is even more advantageous because it is a natural approach to create results by incorporating the patient's own fat. By doing this, there is less risk or worry for rejection. Both women and men considering this treatment at Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center must be at a healthy weight and have targeted areas of fat to remove for the transfer. Furthermore, you must be a nonsmoker, as fat grafting uses only viable tissue for the most effective outcome.

Surgical Technique

When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be placed under the appropriate form of anesthesia. The exact sedation method will be based upon how much fat is being taken out, including the location where it will be reinstated. Liposuction is completed via a special cannula to precisely remove and take the fat, where it will then be harvested and separated through a centrifuge (which prepares the highest-quality fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the extracted fat will be added to the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting is performed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, multiple injections will be necessary.

What to Expect

After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Keep in mind there will be at least two sites on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The overall recovery may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. A good example: a fat transfer for lip augmentation will generally only warrant a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to the breasts or buttocks can take many more days. The sites affected will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but visible results can be seen right off the bat. The area where liposuction was used will appear slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, another transfer may be necessary down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.

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Take the Natural Approach

If you are looking to get fuller lips or wish to soften hollow areas or facial lines, this treatment may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for the buttocks or breasts. There are many choices for adding volume and fullness. We invite you to get in touch with our staff to schedule your consult at Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center.

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