Fat transfer, also known as “fat injections” are a natural way to increase volume to areas a patient may feel are lacking fullness. At our Nashville surgery center, we perform fat injections to the face and buttocks. The fat transfer procedure involves removing fat from one part of the body and using it to increase volume in a different part of the body.
This volume added procedure usually removes excess fat from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or back via liposuction, depending on the procedure. The harvested fat is then prepared for injection. Once the fat is injected, it develops its own blood supply making the results permanent. Since fat injections utilize your own body fat, it is the most natural way to increase volume to the face and buttocks.
As we age, our faces gradually lose fat causing our faces to look sunken in. Fat transfer to the face can reverse this sign of aging by adding volume back into the face for a more youthful appearance. Restoring a youthful appearance can be done by filling wrinkles in the face, adding volume to the cheeks, underneath the eyes, or increasing fullness of the lips.
Often times, fat injections are used in place of facial fillers due to the fat injections being safe and natural. Since the fat is taken from your own body, the risk of allergic reactions that some may experience to dermal fillers is eliminated. Fat injections are also more cost effective than dermal fillers, making the fat injection procedure a more appealing option.
Fat transfer to the buttocks, also referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift, utilizes your own fat to create a more voluminous backside. It uses the same process as facial fat transfer, but is performed under general anesthesia. Usually for buttock injections, excess fat is collected from areas of the body such as the thighs, abdomen and back. It is then purified and injected into the buttocks.
Fat transfer to the buttocks is carefully placed in order to lift and contour the appearance of the buttocks. With the injection of your own fat, the results of buttock fat injections are very natural. Often times patients may opt to receive buttock fat injections during a body lift.
Swelling is to be expected following both procedures and will decrease over time. Swelling after facial injections can be expected to last for about 1-2 weeks. Whereas swelling after fat transfer to the buttocks can last for about 4-6 weeks.
Recovery time for both facial and buttock fat transfer will vary from patient to patient. Recover time will depend on how much fat was injected, the area of the fat injections and the areas that received liposuction. The procedures are highly individualized causing no recovery to be the same. Your recovery period will be discussed in detail at your consultation at our Nashville office.
As with all plastic surgery procedures, there are some risks to consider. The potential risks from fat injections will also vary from patient to patient depending on how well the body heals after receiving the fat injections. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will be sure to cover any potential risks you should know during your consultation.