What are Fat Transfers?

Virtually every person has pockets of fat, in different areas of the body, that serve no purpose when fat storage is excessive. Examples are the abdomen, flanks, thighs and arms. For the purpose of fat transfers, those are the typical sites from which fat is obtained (donor sites).

Virtually every person has pockets of fat, in different areas of the body, that serve no purpose when fat storage is excessive. Examples are the abdomen, flanks, thighs and arms. For the purpose of fat transfers, those are the typical sites from which fat is obtained (donor sites). Fat is taken from one of those areas and after proper preparation, the fat is then put into areas that need filling or enhancement. The fat itself is from your own body, so there is no chance of allergic reactions. As opposed to hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm, fat transfers are permanent and do not require replacement after 12-18 months. Part of the fat that is transferred will not survive, but usually, the patient will retain 60-70% of what is injected. The most popular areas for fat transfer are the temple, under the eyes, the cheeks or other areas that have lost their natural fat volume. The most popular area for fat transfers today involve the transfer to the buttocks in an effort to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks. This procedure is also commonly known as a "butt-lift.” The cost of fat transfer is typically more than using simple hyaluronic acid fillers. The reason the cost is greater is due to the difficulty in locating donor sites for fat and preparing it for the transfer. Fillers also have to be repeated periodically, but fat transfers do not.

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