Will My Fat Transfer to Face Results Change if I Lose Weight?
Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery offers a natural treatment to reshape and restore volume to the body and the face that is lost with aging and significant changes in weight. Rather than relying on just implants or dermal fillers to rejuvenate and reshape the body for a youthful appearance, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang offers the fat transfer technique to patients located in or around Tampa, FL.
What is a fat transfer?
The fat transfer technique, also called the fat grafting procedure, involves removing fat from one part of the body and placing it in another area that needs more volume. Fat is commonly moved to areas that have deflated or lost volume with age or weight loss to add lift and improve skin complexion.
What parts of the body can fat be transferred to?
Fat transfer treatment can be used just about anywhere on the body or the face. Dr. Mang has performed fat transfer procedures on breasts, buttocks, cheeks, hands, lips, and lower eyelids, to name a few. Fat transfers for specific parts of the body take place if procedures are in line with the patient’s desired goals in combination with the doctor’s expert recommendations.
Who are good candidates for fat transfer surgery?
Both men and women who are looking for a natural treatment to combat aging and sagging skin are ideal candidates for fat transfer surgery. Fat transfers can:
Improve skin complexion
Enhance volume of facial features, such as the lips, cheeks, and temples
Contour and lift the buttocks and breasts
What is the surgical procedure like?
In a private treatment room, Dr. Mang will administer anesthesia to the desired treatment areas to keep the patient comfortable and virtually pain-free. After the anesthesia numbs the target areas, liposuction is used to extract fat, which is placed in a centrifuge for purification. The purified fat cells are then injected into the treatment area. Depending on the patient’s goals and the treatment areas, several fat transfer injections may take place.
How much does a fat transfer cost?
Procedural cost depends on the number of treatments, the amount of fat extracted, and the amount of fat transferred. Procedures that extract and transfer larger amounts of fat take more time, which means the cost runs higher. Since fat transfers are cosmetic procedures, health insurance policies rarely cover treatment. Dr. Mang and our expert team at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery work with every patient and discuss personal budgets, financial planning options, and treatment goals that are satisfying as well as affordable.
When is a fat transfer not the appropriate surgical approach?
Dr. Mang and our team understand that every patient has unique goals and expectations to improve their appearance. In some cases, Dr. Mang may recommend against a fat transfer if it’s not medically appropriate for a patient. In other instances, our team may suggest combining a fat transfer with augmentation surgery or derma fillers to optimize results in Tampa, FL.
What is the recovery time like after a fat transfer?
Almost immediately after treatment, the treatment areas will appear red and swollen. Each patient should expect some recovery time to allow for the liposuction injection site(s) and the fat transfer injection site(s) to heal. Smaller procedures, such as a fat transfer to the lips, may heal in as little as two days. Larger surface areas, such as the buttocks and breasts, may take longer. Our team sends patients home with aftercare instructions to optimize results.
How long do results last?
Results are almost immediate after treatment. The target area will look fuller and younger, while the liposuctioned area will appear slimmer. Fat transfer results are long-lasting, but patients should expect some fat to reabsorb back into the body since some will not naturally graft to the new part of the body. Dr. Mang transfers more fat than usual to compensate for the reabsorption while using advanced grafting techniques that minimize the loss of newly grafted fat.
Will my fat transfer results for my face change if I lose weight?
This highly depends on how well the grafted fat cells adapt to the face and how much weight is lost. Mild weight loss should have very little impact on results. However, significant weight loss could potentially affect the volume of the face. Patients who are considering dramatic changes to their body weight after a fat transfer should consult with Dr. Mang about how it could impact their treatment results.
Learn more about the fat transfer surgical technique in Tampa, FL
If you are interested in improving the volume and complexion of any area on your face or body using a natural treatment, contact our team at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang to discuss a fat transfer.