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.
"He has been treating me for quite a few months now. His dedication to me as a patient has been absolutely excellent. When medical treatment was necessary, he saw me on weekends, holidays and whenever needed. He is a dedicated Physician with his patients being number one on his priority list."- J.H. / Healthgrades / Jan 26, 2020
"He is Doctor and Surgeon You Can Trust! - Dr Kasden will talk with you at length about what your goals are and how he can help you achieve them. He will give you honest advice on what to expect every step of the way. This is my second surgery procedure with Dr Kasden. My first was a neck lift with coblation on my face to get rid of fine lines. I am so happy with both results. I have also received Botox many times- always with natural results. He is a surgeon that will follow up on his patients much more than any other doctor I have ever known. He really cares! Sharon, who runs the office, is a joy as well as being professional and helpful. I am grateful to have found Dr Kasden and his staff!"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 30, 2020
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"4 months post op - liposuction of abdomen - Dr. Kasden & his staff are AMAZING! Dr. Kasden answered all of my questions and allowed me to schedule multiple consultations prior to making a decision. There was absolutely no pressure. I felt like he actually tried to get to know me on a personal level which is always comforting when having any type of surgery. I had a few questions the day after my surgery & Dr. Kasden answered my call. He even called and checked on me himself a few days later. I've had monthly check ups and am happy with my results. I have already recommended Dr. K to some family and friends!"- 8. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 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
Ideal Candidates for Fat Transfer
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.
Surgical Technique for Fat 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 from Fat Transfer
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 for Fat Transfer
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 with Fat Transfer
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