Fat does not always accumulate where you want it to. Therefore, fat transfer or fat grafting is an essential and beneficial plastic surgery treatment. This procedure transfers fat safely from one area of the body to another. The purpose of fat transfer is to reshape the contours of two treated areas, enhancing volume in one while slimming the other.
Dr. Fiorillo, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, performs fat transfer for patients in Pearl River, New York, and Montvale, New Jersey.
Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer?
Candidates for fat transfer should have areas of their body they want to reduce and other areas they desire to enhance.
The most common areas where fat is removed include the:
Schedule your consultation with the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center to find out if you are a candidate for fat transfer.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
Fat transfer begins with a consultation where you and Dr. Fiorillo will work together to determine where the fat will be harvested from and injected.
Liposuction is performed to extract excess fat deposits from the unwanted area during the surgery. This fat is then purified and injected back into the areas of the body that require enhancement. This is a more natural option than synthetic implants and has a lower risk of complications.
Because the body will absorb some of the transferred fat after injection, Dr. Fiorillo will inject a greater volume of fat than desired.
What Is Recovery Like After Fat Transfer?
The initial fat transfer recovery period usually occurs over two to three days. During this time, patients may experience mild to moderate pain, swelling, and generalized discomfort. The treated areas will be sore and tender, and patients should avoid rigorous activities.
The secondary recovery period usually lasts between three days and three weeks. During this time, light to moderate activities may be resumed. Patients should avoid placing weight, strain, or pressure on the treated areas. Minor swelling may continue, but most pain and general discomfort should fade by this point.
Rigorous activities are almost always safe to resume within four to six weeks, depending on the treated areas.
Be sure to ask Dr. Fiorillo about your personal recovery timeline during your consultation.
What Results Can I Expect After My Fat Transfer Procedure?
A fat transfer procedure will provide natural-looking results that last for years. The areas where fat was removed will remain slimmer permanently, barring massive weight gain following the operation. Likewise, the enhanced contours of the injected area are generally permanent.
Some fat will be gradually absorbed over the first six months to a year following the procedure. This is expected, and Dr. Fiorillo will ensure that enough fat is injected to provide the long-lasting results you desire.
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