About Fat Transfers
When an individual loses weight or age, they lose overall shape in certain body parts where volume once existed. One way to regain lost volume is through a cosmetic treatment known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). This process removes fat from one or more areas on the body and transfers it into another area that needs additional volume. A fat transfer can be used on large areas such as the buttocks or on small features such as the hands. Autologous fat transfers are commonly chosen when a patient wants a natural enhancement vs using implants or fillers. Southlake, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden uses the most effective grafting techniques for performing fat transfers. This procedure at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. creates gorgeous, soft outcomes.
"Dr. Kasden made my first surgery experience very comfortable, ensuring I knew all about my procedure, and giving me AMAZING results! He provides extremely well pre and post op care, and his office staff is always very friendly. I recommend him to everyone I know!"- C. / Healthgrades / Sep 18, 2018
"About a year ago I new that it was time for me to do something about my implants as I have had them in for several years and I knew that I had calcifications. I did plenty of research online Dr Kasden had so many great reviews and so I made my first appointment with him. Dr Kasden is an amazing person , along with his receptionist Sharon , he sat me down in his office and talked with me for well over an hour talking about my situation . He was so kind and informative and it was decided that due to a parathyroid that I was having removed that we should wait for surgery. I walked out of his office and gave him a hug and thanked him for his time , he had set my mind at ease. Also he didn’t charge me a penny for his time!I did have my parathyroid removed this year and went back to Dr.Kasden but I was also having some problems with my breasts . Again he sat and talked with me about my situation and explained in detail what options I had depending on the outcome of my results. ( he spent well over an hour with me again of his precious time) . I waited on results and returned to his office for the third time asking more questions. He truly is a such a kind and caring person also with a great sense of humor . With my situation I am waiting on a final test result and if all comes back good then I without a doubt have all the confidence in Dr.Kasden to perform the surgery that I will need.Thank you Dr Kasden"- J.T. / Google / Jul 25, 2019
"I am a 41yrs old black female and this is my first plastic surgery experience (performed Friday and today is Monday morning). I did my homework on the abdominoplasty procedure for months and scheduled several consultations. I'm so lucky that Dr. Kasden was my first consultation. He literally spent 2 hours with me discussing the procedure and answering my questions. He allowed me to watch a video of his work and he even drew a diagram so that I could better understand the procedure. Sharon, the office manager was just as awesome and personable and she was always available to answer my questions whenever I called. Recovery was tough at first, but Dr. Kasden and the staff at Baylor Hospital in Irving were stellar in being attentive and ensuring my comfort. Not only do I recommend Dr. Kasden for plastic surgery, but I'm already researching my next procedure (I want to transfer my own fat into my breasts). I cant see myself going to another surgeon."- S.P. / Yelp / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Scott Kasden is a skilled and compassionate cosmetic surgeon. His approach to surgery is collaborative and artistic, while at the same time provides an unmatched level of care and commitment to all patients."- D.C. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"Very professional and knowledgeable. Made me feel very comfortable. Highly recommend."- C.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
Individuals who desire additional volume in areas of the body that appear visibly thin or deflated may be the right candidates for a fat transfer. This treatment is even more advantageous because it offers a natural approach to create results by introducing the patient's own fat. With this method, there is little worry for rejection. Patients considering this treatment should be at a healthy weight and have enough fat to remove for the transfer.
During a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The exact type of sedation or anesthesia will be based on how much fat is being removed and where it will be reinstated. Liposuction is performed first via a small, specialized cannula to remove the fat, where it will then be separated and purified through a centrifuge (which prepares the healthy fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the fat will be added to the area of concern. This injection is performed in layers until even smoothness has been attained. For larger areas, multiple injections will be used and massaged layer by layer.
What to Expect
After a fat transfer, you will go through a healing period. Keep in mind there are at least two sites on the body affected by this treatment: the fat removal site and injection site. The overall recovery may take longer if a larger area on the body was addressed. For example, a fat transfer to the hands may only need a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a larger section, such as the breast or buttocks, can take weeks longer. The sites will appear swollen and red, but the results can be seen pretty quickly. The added bonus is the area that fat removal will make you look slimmer. This procedure yields lasting, awesome results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, an additional transfer may be needed down the road.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer cost?
The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly depending on a number of factors. For transfers to the breasts or buttocks, a higher volume of fat is needed, thus liposuction is used and a longer process is incorporated to purify the fat and inject it accordingly. Smaller treatments, such as adding volume to the hands, take less fat and time. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Kasden, along with pricing estimates and payment options for you to consider.
Where can I have fat transferred?
Fat can be transferred almost anywhere on your face or body that you want volume. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), hands, face, and breasts. A fat transfer may be combined with breast implants or breast reconstruction to correct irregularities. Talk to Dr. Kasden during your consultation about where you would like to add volume so he can create your custom fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Kasden uses the latest techniques to purify and graft fat that minimizes reabsorption. However, there is usually still a small amount of the transferred fat that does not attach to its new location, so Dr. Kasden typically adds slightly more fat than is needed. If you want to enhance or touch-up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer may be performed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Depending on where you want to add volume, there may be an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts and buttocks, an implant can be considered instead of a fat transfer. In your hands, there are many dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Kasden will discuss all of the various options during your consultation so that you can get the results that will match your personal and aesthetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
During your consultation with Dr. Kasden, he will discuss how much fat is needed to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough excess fat for the transfer, but this is typically 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 can be removed from multiple areas if needed or supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Kasden will discuss all of your options during your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
Take the Natural Approach
If you want to rejuvenate your hands, a fat transfer may be a great option. In addition, a fat transfer works great for the breasts and buttocks. There are many options for cosmetic enhancement. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want. We encourage you to contact our office in Southlake, TX to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kasden