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Fat Transfer (Body)

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting and fat transplantation, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one area of the body and transplanting it into another area for the purpose of adding or restoring volume.

Anesthesia type: General or Local

Facility type: Outpatient surgical center or in-office surgery suite

Recovery time: This will depend on where the fat is placed. Generally speaking, following fat transfer surgery there is little to no pain, very little bruising, and only tiny pin hole incisions that require no care. Swelling is the most significant issue and can persist for weeks. Patients can go back to work and resume most daily activities within a couple of days following surgery.

What to expect during recovery: Swelling, minor bruising, possibility of temporary lumpiness or asymmetry during healing.

Deciding to have fat transfer – 

If you are considering fat transfer to your body, review the information provided in this section so you are well informed about the procedure and what to expect,  followed by calling our office for a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what your goals and expectations are from fat transfer. This will help him understand your motives and expected outcome, as well as determine if your expectations are realistic. Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate the area of concern, as well as examine your abdomen, flanks, and other areas to determine if you have enough available fat for the transfer. Lastly, Dr. Hurvitz will discuss the risks associated with fat transfer surgery, as well as the healing time and what to expect during recovery. His staff will provide you with a detailed surgery quote.

About fat transfer to the body – 

Fat transfer is most known for addressing addressed facial volume loss, however it is a great solution for augmenting various areas of the body, including the buttocks, biceps, triceps, calf muscles, breasts and hands. Currently the most popular areas are the buttocks (butt augmentation) and breasts.

Body implants have traditionally been viewed as better for sculpting larger areas of the body such as the breasts and buttocks, however this perception is changing in the plastic surgery community. Fat offers a soft, natural appearance, while implants tend to be more structured and firm. Many individuals shy away from implants due to the fear of having a foreign object placed in their body. Fat transfer involves your own fat cells, which eliminates the risk of allergic reaction or rejection. Recovery is also much easier with fat transfer compared to body implants. It’s important to know fat transfer surgery is unpredictable compared to the predictability of an implant. Much of the injected fat is absorbed, leaving an average of about 40 – 50 percent in place. This varies from person to person. It is common for individuals to need more than one fat transfer surgery to achieve their desired result.

The process of performing a fat transfer procedure is fairly straightforward.

The location where the fat will be removed (donor site), and the treated area where the fat will be injected, are numbed with a local anesthetic. If the surgery is being performed under general anesthesia, the patient will be completely asleep during the surgery. The most common donor sites are the abdomen and thighs. The fat cells are  harvested from the donor site by way of liposuction and  processed and purified by Dr. Hurvitz. Lastly, the fat is injected with a very small needle into the specified area.