While there are some areas you want less fat on your body, there are certain places where you could use a bit of extra fat. Two areas where many patients want to add volume are the face and the buttocks. At Adrien Aiache, MD, in Beverly Hills and Tarzana, California, Dr. Aiache performs fat transfer, taking fat from an area where you don’t want it and placing it where you need some plumping. Book your fat transfer consultation online or call to speak with a team member.
Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transfer, is a surgery that removes fat from one area and moves it to another. The most common fat transfer areas are:
Through fat transfer, Dr. Aiache can make the buttocks firmer, rounder, and curvier. Fat transfer can also fill in facial lines like nasolabial folds, the pair of deep long lines next to the nose and mouth.
While you're under either local or general anesthesia, Dr. Aiache performs liposuction in an area where you've got unwanted fat. Common target areas for this liposuction are the abdomen and the hips.
The amount of fat needed for the fat transfer procedure varies considerably — after all, the amount of fat needed for filling in facial lines and plumping the butt is quite different. For this reason, Dr. Aiache may need to do liposuction on more than one area to get the quantity of fat needed.
Next, Dr. Aiache uses a special processing equipment that removes blood and oil from destroyed fat cells, fat cell fragments, and extra fluid from the fat. Then, Dr. Aiache injects the fat cells into the area where you need volume. Since the fat adds volume instantly, Dr. Aiache can sculpt and customize your results as he works to give you optimal results.
Fat transfer isn't permanent, but it can last for years in many cases. It's natural for your body to reabsorb some of the injected fat, so Dr. Aiache may inject some extra fat to compensate for this.
The exact longevity of your fat transfer depends on several factors, including the area of treatment and how your body responds. Dr. Aiache discusses longevity with you before the treatment so you have a general idea of what to expect.
Recovery can be anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. With a face fat transfer, there's usually minimal recovery time. With a buttocks fat transfer, it can take a full two weeks because you'll need to avoid prolonged sitting while the fat cells integrate within your buttocks.
There are no incisions or stitches with a fat transfer, only injection sites, so healing usually isn't painful or messy.
Book your fat transfer consultation at Adrien Aiache, MD, online or call for availability.