Have you heard about fat transfer procedures? For those who are not ready to implant a foreign substance into their bodies, a fat transfer procedure can help to enhance certain parts of the body using your own body’s natural fat deposits. The prevalence of fat transfer procedures is rapidly growing, but many patients still don’t know that a fat transfer procedure may be an option for them. Here are 5 things you probably don’t know about fat transfer procedures.
- They reduce the risk of negative reactions. For obvious reasons, your body is likely to react better to its own fat deposits than to a foreign substance (though modern implants also have very low rejection rates). If you want the lowest possible chance of rejection, a fat transfer procedure is the way to go.
- They can very conveniently be combined with liposuction. The fat required for a fat transfer procedure is collected via liposuction, so a fat transfer procedure will also give you the opportunity to remove stubborn fat from a part of your body. Alternatively, if you’re thinking about undergoing a liposuction procedure, consider whether you may benefit from transferring some of the fat that will be collected during the procedure to another part of your body that you may want to emphasize.
- They are minimally invasive. Because fat transfer procedures require only tiny micro-incisions to inject fat into an area, they are less invasive than traditional implants, and therefore also come with a shorter recovery time. A shorter recovery times means getting back to your life (and looking great!) sooner!
- They can look more natural than other types of implants. Shape is always a crucial part of getting an implant to look “just right”, and your body’s own fat has numerous benefits in terms of the way it looks, sits, and responds to touch when injected into a part of your body. Many patients are amazed at the natural look and feel of fat transfer procedures. And, if you’re a person who doesn’t necessarily want other to know you’ve undergone a cosmetic procedure, the benefits of fat transfer’s more “natural” look are not to be underestimated.
- They can (sometimes) be done using local anesthetic. Depending on what part of the body the fat transfer procedure is being done to, there’s a chance that you won’t even have to undergo general anesthesia, and that the procedure will instead be done under local anesthesia.
For more information on fat transfer procedures, call or email St. Charles Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation!