Our talented team at Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute would like to discuss with you the benefits of a fat transfer in a consultation at our Ashburn or Reston office. Fat transfer, also known as a fat grafting, is a cosmetic surgery by a board-certified plastic surgeon, that takes fat from one area of the body, harvests and purifies it, and then transplants it to another area. This process is done to add plumpness and volume to a part of the body that has become deflated. During a fat transfer procedure, Dr. Mountcastle will first remove fat through liposuction. There are various liposuction techniques that can be used to achieve the fat removal portion of the surgery. Advances in medical science have made the purification of this fat a much simpler and effective process. Common areas of the body cosmetically treated with a fat transfer include the face, lips, buttocks, and breasts.
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"Dr. Mountcastle is very personable & knows what he is doing! He immediately made me feel at ease during my appointment and answered all my questions and concerns regarding an upcoming surgical procedure. His support staff is also top notch, and they all took plenty of time making sure all my questions were answered and explaining the procedures, etc. I was also seen right on time for my appointment. I highly recommend Dr. Mountcastle to anyone needing or wanting plastic surgery!"- M. / Google / Oct 30, 2018
"Dr. Mountcastle and his staff were very professional, efficient, and kind. Each one of them thoroughly explained the steps in the procedure and afterwards I was instructed how to care for the site, and also was given written instructions. I highly recommend Dr. Mountcastle and his staff."- J.B. / Google / Oct 30, 2018
During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The tissue will then be separated and purified so that only the healthy fat tissue remains for transplantation. The fat will be placed in a syringe and augmented into the transfer site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory, smooth shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.
A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon will use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short time. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.
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Fat Transfer FAQs
When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Plasma Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.
A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement.
While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse. An injection, such as BOTOX®, may produce the results some patient’s desire — especially where wrinkle correction is concerned. For patients desiring volume, there are countless filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, offer temporary outcomes, while the heaviest of fillers, PMMA, offer lasting results.