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What to Know When Considering a Fat Transfer

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Fat transfer surgery, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one area of the body and transferring it to another area lacking in volume or definition. Fat transfer surgery is a popular alternative to synthetic implants or fillers, as it uses the patient's own fat cells, which can provide a more natural and longer-lasting result.

At Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang takes pride in creating customized treatment plans that help meet patients' unique needs for sculpting their bodies for beautiful results.

Keep reading to learn what you need to know before a fat transfer.

How does a fat transfer work?

A fat transfer procedure is typically performed to enhance the appearance of the face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. However, it can be done in other areas of the body as well.

During the procedure, Dr. Mang uses liposuction to remove fat from a "donor site," such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. This is a location where you may have stubborn fat that is hard to target with diet and exercise alone.

After the liposuction procedure, the fat from the donor site is processed to remove impurities and excess fluids before being injected into the desired area using a small cannula.

Dr. Mang uses his artistic technique to inject the fat in small amounts to ensure a natural-looking result that aligns with your aesthetic goals.

Who is a good candidate for a fat transfer?

A good candidate for fat transfer surgery is typically someone who:

  • Has areas of the body that lack volume or definition
  • Has sufficient fat in other areas of their bodies to be harvested and transferred
  • Has realistic expectations about outcomes and understands that it may take several months to see the full results
  • Desires natural-looking results

Ideal patients for a fat transfer are in good overall health with no underlying medical conditions that could interfere with the healing process.

Fat transfers are typically contraindicated for those with bleeding disorders, recent surgeries or serious injuries, and patients who have recently been pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future.

Dr. Mang will evaluate each case, provide recommendations, and help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.

What to expect after a fat transfer

It is crucial for patients to follow Dr. Mang’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Patients can expect to experience some temporary side effects after a fat transfer, such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort at both the donor and recipient sites. You may need to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and promote healing for several weeks after the procedure.

The length of recovery time will vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the donor and recipient locations. Most patients can expect to return to normal activities within 1 – 2 weeks after the surgery, but you will get customized instructions during your follow-up appointments with Dr. Mang.

Optimal results may take several months to develop as the swelling subsides and the body adjusts to the transferred fat. Occasionally, touch-up procedures are recommended for ideal results.

Lifestyle modifications such as avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a stable weight help ensure the transferred fat cells have the best chance of survival.

Get a fat transfer in Tampa, FL

Fat transfer surgery can help you sculpt your body using your own fat reserves for natural and long-lasting results.

If you're looking for an artistic, customized approach to this procedure, contact Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.