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Fat Transfer to Face, Hands & Body

Men and women looking for a more youthful appearance have plenty of options, but not everyone wants to undergo surgery or have foreign substances injected into their faces. Fat transfer is an advanced surgical technique that uses your own fat to soften lines and wrinkles, correct minor imperfections, and enhance your facial contours for a younger overall look. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers fat transfer for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.

What Exactly Is Fat Transfer?

Also known as autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, fat transfer is a two-step procedure that uses your body’s own fat cells to correct common cosmetic concerns, like lines, wrinkles, imperfections, and poorly-defined facial contours. 

We’ll extract fat from elsewhere on your body (typically an area where there is excess, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere), purify it, and then inject it into the treatment area, where it will fill in irregularities and wrinkles. The amount of fat removed does not significantly change the extraction area, but fat transfer can be combined with liposuction if you are interested in body contouring to remove a larger amount of fat.

What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer?

Our patients love the fat transfer procedure for:

  • Filling in lines, wrinkles, and creases
  • Adding volume to their cheeks
  • Correcting depressions in their skin
  • Enhancing their lips

Am I the Ideal Candidate for Fat Transfer?

You’re an ideal candidate for fat transfer if you:

  • Have adequate fat in the donor area
  • Would prefers to not have surgery or injectable fillers
  • Understand the risks and anticipated outcomes of the procedure

Before & After

What Should I Do Before My Fat Transfer?

Your first step will be to set up an in-person consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, who specializes in fat transfer.

We’ll talk you through your personal goals, and help you feel safe and comfortable by explaining every step of the process.

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What Can I Expect on The Day of My Fat Transfer?

The first step of fat transfer involves liposuction to extract the donor fat, once the area has been cleansed and treated with a local anesthetic. Small incisions will be made in the skin, through which a cannula will be inserted, to dislodge and suction the fat. 

Once the fat has been harvested, it’ll be purified and put into a syringe, at which point it’ll be injected into the treatment area. Your surgeon will use several injections, each of which adds a small amount of fat, ensuring natural-looking results.

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What Can I Expect After Fat Transfer?

You’ll likely experience tenderness, bruising, and some mild swelling in the area where fat was removed via liposuction.

The injection site will likely feel tight and tender, and you can develop some bruising and swelling. The severity of these symptoms depends upon the size and location of the treated area.

In cases where a large area was filled, swelling and puffiness in the recipient site can last several weeks.

You’ll need to avoid sunlight for the first 48 hours, but many of our happy patients resume normal activity right away. You can use makeup with sunblock protection to help conceal your condition.

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FAQ

How Long Does Fat Transfer Take?

Fat transfer usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

Will I Have Scars After Getting Fat Transfer?

The scars from liposuction are very small, and you won’t have any scars at the injection sites.

When Will I See the Results?

Right away! Your results will be visible immediately after your fat transfer procedure.

What Are Possible Complications of Fat Transfer?

Our board-certified surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technology, to avoid rare complications like: Infection, irregularities at the treatment site and damage to nerves, blood vessels, and muscles.

How Long Will the Results of Fat Transfer Last?

Most patients find that their results will begin to fade within three to six months, in which case repeated injections may be necessary. Some patients, though, have reported that their results last a full year or more. Your surgeon will work with you, and let you know how to maintain your results with repeat treatments.

How Much Does Fat Transfer Cost in Richmond?

Fat transfer is an elective procedure, and won’t be covered by insurance. After your consultation, we’ll provide you with an accurate cost breakdown. Richmond Plastic Surgeons accepts several forms of payment, and financing is available through CareCredit®.

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