Do you wish you had fuller lips or defined cheekbones? Do you dream of perkier breasts or a rounder derriere? Instead of turning to dermal fillers or implants, fat transfers are a more natural solution. Plus, they have come with a bonus: They can get rid of your problem areas at the same time.
At DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ernest M. DiGeronimo brings the most innovative cosmetic treatments available to men and women in Miami. Here’s how a fat transfer can help you kill two birds with one stone.
How a fat transfer works
When you have a fat transfer, Dr. DiGeronimo uses fat from one part of your body to enhance the appearance of another area. This cosmetic technique may seem new, but it dates back to 1893 when it was first used to treat unwanted scars. In more recent years, this technique has become a popular cosmetic treatment for the face, breasts, hips, and buttocks. You can even safely use it on sensitive areas, like the hands, feet, and penis.
During your fat transfer, Dr. DiGeronimo extracts unwanted fat from your body using liposuction. This process involves using a thin tube, or cannula, to gently suck fat from the site, often your hips, thighs, or stomach. After harvesting, Dr. DiGeronimo processes your fat to remove excess fluid, debris, and dead cells from the viable tissue. Then, he re-injects small amounts into your treatment site, adding volume and enhancing the appearance of the area.
Not only does this cosmetic technique provide natural-looking results, but it eliminates unwanted fat at the same time.
When to consider a fat transfer
Dr. DiGeronimo recommends fat transfers to correct a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:
- Restoring your youthful appearance by adding volume to your face
- Reducing the appearance of scars or tissue damage
- Enhancing facial definition by plumping your cheeks or lips
- Increasing breast size or correcting asymmetry issues
- Augmenting your hips or buttocks to improve your silhouette
- Eliminating wrinkles on your hands or feet
A fat transfer can also repair radiation damage and scar deformities in your breasts after lumpectomies or reconstruction.
What to expect from a fat transfer
Dr. DiGeronimo performs this minimally-invasive procedure using a local or general anesthesia, depending on your specific treatment.
During your fat transfer, Dr. DiGeronimo only needs to make incisions when harvesting your cells with liposuction. This approach provides for faster recovery times so you can resume regular activity as quickly as possible. When injecting your purified fat into the treatment site, Dr. DiGeronimo often overfills the area. That's because some of the fat cells end up reabsorbed by your body, resulting in a slight loss of volume after your transfer.
After having a fat transfer, it’s common to experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but this typically fades within a few days. In most cases, Dr. DiGeronimo recommends resting for approximately one week while you heal. You can expect to see results from your fat transfer over the next six months as swelling subsides and your tissue gets established in your treatment sites.
Contact us to see if you can enhance your appearance and slim your problem areas at the same time with a fat transfer. Call DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.