Body fat transfer has become a viable option for several aesthetic augmentation procedures. It is a technique in which fat is harvested from one area of the body and then transferred to a recipient site. At the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Center, Dr. Serebrakian performs a number of body transfer procedures including cheek, chin, breast, and butt augmentations.
Body fat transfer or autologous fat transplantation is an age-old cosmetic procedure that has experienced a rebirth in the last decade, because of the development of new and advanced fat grafting techniques. These advances have improved the efficiency with which fat can be processed, making the technique much more effective.
What’s involved in body transfer?
At the start of surgery, topical anesthetic is applied to both the donor and recipient sites.The fat is generally removed with a liposuction cannula, but a syringe with a large bore needle can also be used. After being withdrawn from the body, the fat cells are processed and purified, and then re-injected into the targeted areas.
Body fat transfer procedures are now used to augment many parts of the body including the breasts, buttocks, face, lips, and cheeks.The abdomen or thighs are two of the most common areas from which fat cells are extracted.
Patients should expect some swelling and bruising after the procedure. The bruising will subside quickly, but the swelling can last for several weeks. As a result, patientsare generally advised to take things very easy for the first 3 weeks after surgery. If there is any discomfort, then the doctor will prescribe pain medication.
Since body fat transfer involves the patient’s own fat cells, this helps to significantly reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, which can occur with the use of artificial implants. Complications from body fat transfer procedures are therefore very rare.