Autologous fat transfer, also known as Fat Transfer, is the way to restore volume to various areas of your face and body using your own fat cells to achieve natural looking results. During this procedure, Dr. Feledy removes fat cells from your abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere. He will then refine and re-implant these fat cells beneath the skin to fill in areas that are affected by volume loss.
“It amazed me how fat from one part of my body could be used to improve another part. I thought that was only in science fiction movies but I guess things are advancing. Dr. Feledy clearly knows what he is doing with fat grafting and I was so happy with how fast the surgery went. I couldn't feel better about the final result.” - W.P.*
Fat Transfer Surgery (Fat Grafting)
What is fat transfer?
A fat transfer also known as fat grafting or fat injections is when the fat cells from one part of your body are removed, filtered and then used in another part of the body to augment or improve it. Though more and more cosmetic surgeons have started using fat transfer, a surprisingly number of people still don't know this can be done.
Where areas of the body are fat transfers commonly performed?
Dr. Feledy performs fat transfer procedures in areas such as the:
A consultation about fat transfer with Dr. Feledy
First step to getting the best Fat Transfer Washington DC has to offer, is picking a board certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in body contouring.
Dr. Feledy conducts a full examination and listen to the physical goals you would like to achieve with the procedure. He will also show you fat transfer before and after photographs of his patients so you can look at his earlier work and see actual results for yourself and what to expect. It is important that you and Dr. Feledy agree on the cosmetic details of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want.
The caring staff of Belmont Plastic Surgery will meet with you and make sure that any questions you have about financing and insurance are answered completely.
How does fat transfer work?
Usually requiring local anesthesia, fat is withdrawn from the donor site using a syringe with a large-bore needle or a liposuction cannula (a thin tube). Following removal, the fat is then injected into the recipient site to restore volume and improve signs of aging.
Slight overfilling may be necessary to circumvent some of the inevitable fat re-absorption by the body. When fat is used to augment the cheeks, this over-correction may cause the face to appear abnormally fuller temporarily.
What happens after fat transfer?
While some fat transfer treatments require a brief recovery period, many patients resume normal activity right away. Expect some swelling, bruising or redness in both the donor and recipient sites. The severity of these symptoms will depend on the size and location of the treatment area.
Stay out of the sun until redness and bruising subsides - usually about 48 hours. In the meantime, you may use makeup with sunblock protection to help conceal your condition. In some cases, swelling and puffiness in the recipient site will last for several weeks, especially if a large area was treated.
How long do the fat transfer results last?
While some patients report results lasting one year or more, the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within three to six months. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary. Dr. Feledy will advise you on how to maintain your results with repeat treatments. If you’d like to find out even more about how to get the best fat transfer Washington DC has to offer, contact us to set up your consultation today to see how we can help you.