Des Moines Fat Transfer Surgeons

From Fat to Asset

At times it seems like our bodies are laughing at us. Why can’t the extra 10 pounds gained during the holidays settle into the bust or add curve to the derriere? Inevitably, extra weight ends up in all the wrong places, leaving those areas where we’d like a little filler feeling even flatter. If only we could shift things around.

It was that kind of thinking that led to the development of the body fat transfer (also referred to as fat grafting). The process has been continually refined and in the last decade new technologies have made it an effective way to sculpt the body. Now, women have a chance to do what they have always wanted to do; take a little from here and add it over there, slimming places like the stomach and enlarging areas like the breast. Who is laughing now?

What can body fat transfer do for me?

Stars like Sofia Vergara and Beyoncè have shown women that you don’t need to be a size 2 to be sexy. Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppler, embraced her curves to take the crown. Beauty is about playing up the assets you have. Still, having curves is one thing while having curves in all the right  places is another.

If you are looking to contour your body, fat transfer could be a good option because fat is not only removed, but repurposed to solve volume issues in other areas. Ostensibly, it is like having two procedures in one. Some of the most common places where fat is extracted include the stomach, love handles, hips, lower back and thighs. Fat can then be moved to an area that you would like to enhance such as the butt, breast, calf muscles, cheeks or lips.

What else should I consider before having the surgery?

It is hard to predict what the final results of the surgery will be. Some of the fat transferred to the new site will be reabsorbed by the body. This means that sometimes multiple treatments are necessary to achieve desired results. After the  procedure the site where fat has been injected will likely be swollen–making it appear even larger than it will be once you have fully recovered. It takes about three months to know what the permanent results will be. Currently, new technologies are  improving results and increasing the amount of fat that remains in the transfer site.

What should I expect during surgery and recovery?

Fat transfer procedures vary depending on the technique used and the area being treated. However, there are two key steps. First, fat cells are harvested from an area with a high concentration of fat through liposuction. Then, the fat cells are purified and injected back into the body to sculpt it in the desired way. One benefit of  fat transfer is that it is a natural process. Your plastic surgeon uses your own tissue as filler, rather than a synthetic alternative, eliminating the risk of allergic reaction. Fat transfer is an out-patient procedure and usually takes about two hours.

Expect some swelling and bruising around the surgery sites. After surgery, your plastic surgeon will instruct you to take it easy for a few weeks and try to avoid putting pressure on the transfer site. Eating a high carbohydrate diet after fat transfer surgery is recommended and you should not engage in intense fat burning exercise for approximately two months following the surgery. If you are going to be in a pageant you will want to schedule the surgery well in advance of the competition.

Is it right for me?

Women who have low levels  of body fat may not be a good candidates for fat transfer procedures. Instead, these women may want to consider synthetic filler or implants. As is the case for all elective plastic surgeries, patients should be in good health both physically and emotionally and have realistic expectations about what the procedure will accomplish.

Feeling like your body is out of proportion can be difficult. No longer just a daydream, it may be time to move a little from here to there to enhance your beautiful shape.

Fat Transfer Procedure

Fat transfer (also known as fat grafting) is a procedure used to remove excess fat from an area of your body and transfer it to another location that is lacking volume. While removing fat, surgeons take great care to preserve the integrity of the fat cells so that they are still living tissue when they are transferred to another part of the body. This procedure allows your body to reincorporate the tissue in a new area, creating a more natural look and feel by using a natural material. The procedure involves harvesting fat cells, using a gentler form of liposuction, purifying the cells, and then injecting them back into the body to sculpt a particular area. Fat may be transferred to a multitude of different places in the body, including:

  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Chin
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Calf muscles
  • Hands
  • Penis

Recovery from fat transfer surgery typically takes up to three weeks and may include soreness, redness, swelling, or bruising. You will notice improvement in your appearance after surgery, but the full results may not be evident until a few months post-surgery.

Contact a Plastic Surgeon

In order to achieve your ideal body, you need a cosmetic surgeon dedicated to helping you reach your goals. Doctors Ronald Bergman and Bryan Folkers at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery have over 30 years of combined experience, which allows us to perform cosmetic surgery with precision and outstanding results. We are prepared to support you throughout the fat transfer process, from the initial consultation to surgery and recovery. To discuss your surgical options, contact us at (515) 222-1111 today.

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