What Is A Fat Transfer?
Port Saint Lucie, FL board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. William Vinyard can assist you in regaining lost volume in your face and body through an innovative cosmetic surgery called a fat transfer. When men or women have drastic weight fluctuations or as they increase in age, certain body parts or facial areas may lose that smooth, plump look where volume once occupied in their youth. A tremendous way to regain fullness in your features is through extracting fat from one place on the body and moving it into another. A fat transfer can be performed on large areas (that would benefit from the additional tissue) such as the breasts or buttocks to the delicate, smaller features such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when a patient hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a synthetic material such as a saline or silicone implant or a dermal filler. Dr. Vinyard is highly trained and skilled in implementing liposuction and fat grafting techniques for performing the fat harvest to the transfer. This cosmetic enhancement surgery at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) creates natural-looking, appealing outcomes. If you would like to learn more about fat transfers, please call our friendly VIPS staff members to schedule your first appointment.
"It's impossible to find a finer surgeon! - I looked all over before I decided on Dr. Vinyard for my tummy tuck and breast lift. I work in the medical community so therefore it was important to me to pick a great doctor I could interact with before and after my surgery. Many of the plastic surgery practices in Florida are store front, strip malls with their own extremely questionable surgical suites and zero aftercare . This is not the case with Dr. Vinyard. While having surgery at an outpatient surgical center costs a little bit more, it saves you the headache of wondering how clean the room was and if you will be safe from post surgery infections. The surgical center where he operates is the finest in the area! I literally remember nothing from just moments after my IV was started until I arrived home. No time to be nervous about anything! When comparing surgeons, belly buttons and incisions are the main thing to look at after safety and overall aesthetics. It was important to me to look natural. Dr Vinyard really takes his time getting he incision line thin and symmetrical and I have yet to see him do a bellybutton that isn't perfect. My bellybutton is cuter now than it has ever been. I am thrilled with my results. He pulled my waist in beautifully and got rid of all the excess skin and fat above the stomach muscle with no lipo needed. I also need to mention my results with the breast lift. I went into my consultation thinking I may need a small implant ( which I was dreading because I don't like idea of something foreign inside me). Dr V was very honest with me and let me know I had plenty of tissue to get the look I wanted without additional implants, which was a huge relief. I am certain many other surgeons would have taken he opportunity to up-sell gummy implants. I found out after-the-fact that he trained under the top breast reconstruction specialists in the USA. This was a huge bonus. Initially the tummy tuck was the most important part of this MMO for me. Now I just love all the results!I can't end this review without praising the amazing staff at Plastic Surgery VIP's. Behind every great man there is a great woman, but in his case there are a half dozen great women! Being a patient at this practice truly is a concierge experience and it is because of them. Mary Louise and Gina are the best. They are so personable, caring and professional. Thank you ladies for holding my hand every step of the way."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2020
"The entire staff is wonderful and Dr Vinyard is great. He takes his time to explain procedures and ensure you are informed and comfortable with everything. Highly recommend!"- C.L. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2020
"Dr.Vinyard is a phenomenal doctor. I had and continue to have a great experience through my surgery and after my surgery. My mom, my daughter and I all had surgery done with Dr.Vinyard and we are so satisfied with our results and we would recommend him to anyone who is interested. His nurse practitioner Mary is very sweet, kind and patient! I love the mermaid team and there’s no one else I would go to but Dr.Vinyard he’s the best and takes his time and makes sure his work is done well!"- A.P. / Google / Dec 02, 2020
"incredibly amazing experience with no pain! - Incredible Wonderful experience!!! If I could give 10 stars I would! Let me start by saying I have done 14 years of research to find my PS and after my very first phone call to Dr Vinyard’s office after contacting various others I knew I found my surgeon. Not only is Dr Vinyard & Nurse Practitioner Mary Louise comforting, reassuring and educated, they are AMAZING! The office staff are also incredibly knowledgeable and ready to assist and answer any questions you may have. It is so comforting knowing that when you call your dr someone actual answers the phone.I was prepared for surgery with everything I needed to get me through each day. At Pre-op all the medication needed was sent in. I was shown how to take care of drains and supplies needed for post op were apart of the wonderful app My Touch MD. I am so thrilled that I found my forever PS & staff. I am currently 2 weeks post op with NO PAIN! Look no further VIPS is where you need to be! The best care EVER!"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2020
"I am a breast cancer patient and in absolute love with V.I.P. The team is amazing and caring ❤ 😍 Dr. Vinyard is Amazing and love his singing. Thank you so very much for restoring not only my body but my piece of mind!"- S.M. / Facebook / Oct 28, 2020
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Candidates for fat transfer need to have a little extra fat on their body in order to safely have it transferred to the face, lips, hands, breasts, or buttocks. This procedure is ideal for patients who wish to have an additional smoothness and volume in specific places on the face or body that appear hollow, thin, or deflated. As fat transfers offer a more natural approach to augmenting an area of your body with your own fat, this specialized surgery is even more advantageous to patients allergic to fillers. Autologous fat grafting provides little worry about your body rejecting it. Both women and men at VIPS considering this treatment need to be at a healthy weight and have enough adipose tissue to remove for the transfer.
What's The Technique?
When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be placed under a local or general anesthesia. The exact type of anesthesia or numbing method will be based on how much fat is being taken out, including the location where it will be reinstated. Liposuction is completed via a special cannula to precisely remove the fat, where it will then be harvested and separated through a centrifuge (which prepares the highest quality fat for transplantation). After preparing the injection site, the extracted fat will be added to the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting the purified fat is performed in layers until even smoothness has been attained. For some areas, multiple injections will be necessary. Your incisions will be closed and you will be taken to our recovery room to recuperate.
What Can I Expect?
After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing period. Keep in mind there are at least two sites on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving the liposuction and the injection sites. The overall recovery may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. For example, a fat transfer for lip enlargement will generally only warrant a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the breast or buttocks, can take many more days. The sites will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the results can be seen pretty quickly. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will appear slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, another transfer may be needed down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly depending on a number of determinants. For transfers to the breast or buttock, 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 facial volume, not only take less fat but there is also less risk and time involved. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during the consultation, along with pricing and cost factors for you to consider.
Does it look natural?
Yes, a fat transfer looks natural if performed by a skilled, experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon. Fat grafting techniques have advanced greatly in the last decade, allowing for an easier process, faster recovery, and beautiful aesthetic outcome. Whether you are desiring to enhance your breasts, buttock, the top side of your hands, or an area on your face, a fat transfer is an autologous approach that many patients prefer over synthetics.
How long will the results last?
While a fat transfer is a procedure that may not endure as long as implants, it can offer beautiful, effective results that can last for years. There is ongoing research on how to decrease fat reabsorption, which is often a concern of our patients and something we will discuss during the consultation. The use of platelet-rich plasma
Alternative treatments or considerations?
Just like with any cosmetic treatment, there are a number of options for patients who simply desire to increase volume on the body where an area looks deflated or hollow. For example, while a fat transfer offers natural, subtle volume increases for the breasts, implants are a popular alternative. In addition, for loss of facial volume, there are nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments that create excellent outcomes such as dermal fillers. We will discuss all of the various options for injectables during your consultation so that you can get the result that will match both your goals.
What if I don't have enough fat?
This is, unfortunately, the case with some patients. Men and women alike who are relatively too thin to extract fat may not be candidates for fat transfers. We will discuss the best areas to extract the fat and analyze if there is enough cells to take to achieve the results you are trying to attain. For patients who simply do not have the body fat needed to complete this procedure, fillers, implants, or donor fat can be considered.
Take A Natural Approach
If you are looking to get fuller lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this treatment may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for the face, hands, buttocks, or breasts. There are many opportunities for adding volume and fullness to your face or body with your own fat. The fat transfer process can boost the look you wish to achieve without undergoing an augmentation with a synthetic implant or dermal filler. Dr. Vinyard invites you to get in touch with our VIPS staff in Port Saint Lucie, FL to schedule your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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