What is a Fat Transfer?
If someone has weight fluctuations, they lose natural roundness and shape in certain body parts where volume once resided. One way to regain volume that has been lost is through a cosmetic treatment known as a fat transfer. This treatment removes fat from one or more areas on the body and transfers it into a specific place that could use additional volume. A fat transfer can be performed on large areas, such as the buttocks or breasts, or on delicate and smaller areas, such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or hollows under the eyes. Autologous fat transfers are commonly chosen when a patient wants a natural enhancement versus using a device, such as an implant or a substance, such as a filler. Our Las Vegas, NV team is skilled at using the most advanced grafting techniques for performing fat transfers. This body contouring treatment at Plastic Surgery Vegas creates smooth and beautiful outcomes.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"Last year Dr. Andrew Silver (with ANSON•EDWARDS•HIGGINS) worked his magic on me doing a neck and lower face lift along with an upper blepharoplasty and fat transfer. This year I went back to him to have my lateral endoscopic brow lift done and, once again, Dr. Silver’s work is nothing short of amazing. I was given detailed instructions prior to surgery and all my questions were answered, so I went into the process feeling totally prepared. Everyone on his team was so thoughtful, caring and honest about the procedure and what to expect. It’s been one month since surgery and I am beyond happy with the results and will continue to recommend Dr. Silver to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure. Where do I begin? First, with a big Thank You! After consulting with several plastic surgeons to do a facelift, neck lift, and upper eyelids, I found Dr. Silver. Having work done on your face takes a big leap of faith in a surgeon and Dr. Silver addressed all my concerns, thoroughly explaining the procedures he would recommend, while pointing out any unrealistic expectations. He was so amiable and committed to helping me achieve my goal, I left his office filled with complete confidence in his abilities. I am three weeks into my recovery and I’m already amazed at the difference. And I cannot forget to mention his nurse, Stacy, who is an absolute gem. Follow their instructions prior to surgery (taking ALL the medications that are recommended) and you won’t be disappointed. I will be going back for a brow lift the end of the year and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. I cannot recommend Dr. Silver strongly enough!"- D.W. / Google / Sep 28, 2019
"I had a chest reconstruction in 2006. It was a reconstruction so it was major surgery, I had a surgical bra put in, had my muscles in my chest detached and reattached I had fat transfers. I was a long distance swimmer and my boobs were full D’s but because of my shoulders and chest being ripped from all American and college my boobs were in ( you could see my ribs and muscles from the sides of my boobs) and they were pushed up giving me the look of someone who got a terrible boob job. I saw 7 plastic surgeons. Their suggestions were ALLOVER the board. MD Edwards was so nice and his wife Cathy too. He asked me why I didn’t like my boobs, I told him they sat too high and I wanted them wider. He explained what he thought would give me the best results. I went ahead and had the procedure done! I did get the results I wanted and I’m very happy to this day! I also have sent 18 girls I know to have their botched boob jobs fixed!"- R.H. / Yelp / Jul 16, 2017
"51 Year Old Neck Lift/chin Lift, Facial Fat Transfer - Las Vegas, NV - Dr Anson is a talented and meticulous plastic surgeon. Her attention to detail and perfectionist attitude makes her the type of plastic surgeon I could trust my face with. I couldn't be happier with the results. I look natural, but more youthful, without a plastic look. Her staff are well trained, kind and knowledgeable. I would recommend her as a top ranking facial plastic surgeon!"- S. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2016
"Fat Transfer to Cheeks - Las Vegas, NV - My procedure will be on Thursday, August 29th at around 2:45pm. I have my medications (sedative, pain killers, antibiotics, and a steroid pack), my husband who will be my caregiver that day, and a healthy dose of skepticism.I've never focused on my cheeks until after my rhinoplasty in April; they say plastic surgery can be a slippery slope (although I only want to focus on skin texture after this procedure). My cheeks are hollow--they're non-existent and when I smile I can actually see a sunken in area where my 'cheeks' are suppose to be. So not only do I lack volume, it looks like I have actual depth where I shouldn't. I love the look of full, apple-like cheeks and have been desiring a more concentrated look in that particular area of my face.I am 22 years old and have had filler under my eyes (tear trough area), so I'm no stranger to hollowness. I figure without cheeks, any under eye circles I have will be more pronounced because there are no fatty cheeks to sustain my undereye area! I hope this procedure will mean less filler under my eyes.I am having this procedure under local anesthesia; meaning 1-2 oral nerve blocks, a sedative, and my experience with needles to the face before (juvederm, restylane, etc). I am scared about the procedure because they will have to harvest fat from my stomach (hopefully she can get enough), centrifuge/clean/do what they need to do, and then use a huge needle (fat is thicker than filler) in the cheek area. I've been instructed to take a second sedative pill if need be and I'm almost saying yes (and this is a few days before haha). I'm having this as an in-office procedure because I want to have better control over where she places the fat; this isn't a nose job or a tummy tuck. It is still a major event, but I believe I can handle it.My goal is to have full, cheeky cheeks without looking like a chipmunk. I say this because I want the fat to be injected only in the cheek area; I dislike that overfilled look some people can get. So by simply concentrating the fat in the cheek area, I can have a more contoured look.I have Bromelain and Arnica Montana to take following the procedure, as well as a tapering steroid pack to alleve any swelling. I took the week off and hope I can get back to normal, light activities (office work/school) quickly. I know the results may take months as the dust settles and the fat stays/reabsorbs, so I will take plenty of photos.I chose my own fat over filler because I know some of the fat injected will stay with me forever--even if it's 10% I would be happy (and typically filler can't do that--they're designed to dissolve). I love the idea that fat usually lasts longer, some of the fat you keep stays with you, and it can look more natural over time. Of course there are pros and cons to everything, so I hope ill be happy in the end.If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask."- H. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2013
"Last year Dr. Andrew Silver (with ANSON•EDWARDS•HIGGINS) worked his magic on me doing a neck and lower face lift along with an upper blepharoplasty and fat transfer. This year I went back to him to have my lateral endoscopic brow lift done and, once again, Dr. Silver’s work is nothing short of amazing. I was given detailed instructions prior to surgery and all my questions were answered, so I went into the process feeling totally prepared. Everyone on his team was so thoughtful, caring and honest about the procedure and what to expect. It’s been one month since surgery and I am beyond happy with the results and will continue to recommend Dr. Silver to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure.Where do I begin? First, with a big Thank You! After consulting with several plastic surgeons to do a facelift, neck lift, and upper eyelids, I found Dr. Silver. Having work done on your face takes a big leap of faith in a surgeon and Dr. Silver addressed all my concerns, thoroughly explaining the procedures he would recommend, while pointing out any unrealistic expectations. He was so amiable and committed to helping me achieve my goal, I left his office filled with complete confidence in his abilities. I am three weeks into my recovery and I’m already amazed at the difference. And I cannot forget to mention his nurse, Stacy, who is an absolute gem. Follow their instructions prior to surgery (taking ALL the medications that are recommended) and you won’t be disappointed. I will be going back for a brow lift the end of the year and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. I cannot recommend Dr. Silver strongly enough!"- D.W. / Google / Aug 30, 2019
Is a fat transfer for me?
Individuals who wish to have more volume in specific places on the face or body that appear depleted of natural fullness may be appropriate candidates for the fat grafting (transfer) procedure. This procedure is even more desired because it offers an autologous way to produce results by incorporating the patient's own fat. This way, there is little concern for rejection. Men and women at Plastic Surgery Vegas considering this treatment must be at a certain weight and have fat to extract for the transfer.
Fat Transfer Surgery
During this procedure, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method will depend on how much fat tissue is being removed, including the location where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is performed first via a small, specialized cannula to delicately remove the fat where it will then be harvested and separated through a centrifuge (which prepares the healthy fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the healthy fat tissue will be added to the area of concern. This injection is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, multiple injections will be used and massaged layer by layer.
What to Expect
After the transfer process has been completed, you will go through a healing phase. Keep in mind, there are at least two sites on the body that need to be carefully treated: the extraction area and injection location. The recovery process may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer for lip enhancement will typically only require a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the breasts or buttocks, can take much longer. The sites will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed almost immediately. An additional bonus is the area where liposuction was used will appear slimmer. This procedure yields lasting, awesome outcomes, but there will be some resorption back to the body. In some patients, a future transfer may be needed down the road. There is almost no scarring associated with this treatment.
Fat Transfer FAQS
Where can I have fat transferred?
A fat transfer can be performed almost anywhere on your face or body that you want to add volume. Some of the most popular areas are the butt (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), breasts, face, and hands. Fat grafting may be combined with breast reconstruction or augmentation with implants to fix irregularities. Volume loss caused by aging in the face and hands may also be improved with fat grafting, particularly to add shape to your lips or in the hollows under your eyes. Talk to our team during your consultation where you want to make improvements so we can create your custom fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
The results of a fat transfer look natural and can be long-lasting with proper care. We use advanced techniques to graft fat that minimize reabsorption. However, there is generally a certain amount of the transferred fat that doesn't graft to the new location so we often transfer a little more fat. If you would like to touch-up or enhance your appearance after a few years, another fat transfer may be discussed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Based on the area where you want to increase fat, you may have an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts or butt, an implant can be considered rather than a fat transfer. In your hand and face, Plastic Surgery Vegas offers many injectable dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and skin rejuvenation. We will explain all of your choices during your consultation so that you can have the results that meet your cosmetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
In your first appointment, we will discuss the amount of fat that is needed to meet your goals. You may not have enough excess fat to transfer; however, this is usually only a problem if you have a very low body fat percentage or you want a large volume of fat added to one area. Fat may be taken from multiple areas or combined with donor fat. We will discuss all of your options during this appointment.
Take the Natural Approach
If you wish to attain fuller lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this procedure may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for the buttocks or breasts. There are many choices for enhancement. This treatment can help you to achieve the look you wish for without pursuing an invasive surgery that could require a long recovery period or associated downtime. We invite you to get in touch with our front desk team to schedule your consultation at Plastic Surgery Vegas.