Fat transfer has quickly become one of the most talked about cosmetic procedures. It provides the ultimate dream scenario: the ability to remove unwanted fat from one area of the body and use it to plump up another. Women especially love the idea of removing their “saddlebags” or “love handles” and putting that fat in an area like the buttocks, which may be lacking the full curvature they desire.
While the procedure may sound too good to be true, it actually is not. In fact, men and women have been enjoying the benefits of fat transfer for more than 30 years. However, while there are many benefits to the procedure, there are also some drawbacks and particular circumstances in which the procedure works best.
Which Areas of the Body Respond Best to Fat Transfer?
It is a little-known fact that fat transfer is most often and most effectively used to fill out wrinkles in the face. Since the face is a highly vascular area, the fat that is transferred has a high survival rate. While it is definitely possible to add volume to the breasts with this procedure, there is a risk that the desired results may not be achieved if that fat does not “stick” or survive in its new location. Unlike with traditional liposuction, where the fat cells are destroyed, the fat cells used in fat transfer must be preserved. If this is done incorrectly and the fat cells are compromised, the results can be greatly affected. Many people also prefer breast augmentation with implants over fat transfer to the breasts because the fat will dissipate over time along with the natural aging process. Most women desire results with breast augmentation that are guaranteed to last them many years.
One area of the body that seems to respond well to fat transfer is the buttocks. According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 11,505 buttock augmentation with fat transfer procedures were performed in 2014, up fifteen percent from the previous year. Also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, fat transfer to the buttocks allows Dr. Zoumaras to shape the buttocks and apply the fat where needed. Implants are another option for buttock augmentation, but the risks with that procedure are higher and the recovery time is longer than with fat transfer. People who get buttock augmentation with implants often need liposuction along with the implants to further sculpt the area and get the best result. With the Brazilian Butt Lift, patients will reap the benefits of augmentation and traditional liposuction in the same procedure with half the risk and discomfort post-surgery.
Fat Transfer Procedure Success
Most often, about 50 percent of fat cells survive when they are transferred to a given area of the body. In order to counter this and better ensure satisfactory results, the majority of surgeons will inject more fat than is necessary into the area. It is normal that, over time, about 20 percent of the fat transferred to the area will be reabsorbed by the body.
An important factor that contributes to the effectiveness of the procedure is the technique, experience and skill of the surgeon you choose. Dr. Jack Zoumaras has over 14 years of experience enhancing the appearances of men and women all over the world. He received specific training in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery by some of the world leaders in the field, which is just one of the many factors that contribute to his success.
To learn more about Dr. Jack Zoumaras and the fat grafting procedure, please schedule a consultation today. Call 02-9327-1700 or fill out our online contact form for more information.