About Fat Transfers
When an individual advances in age or loses weight, they lose that smooth and plump look in certain body parts where volume once existed. One way to regain lost volume is through a cosmetic treatment known as fat grafting (a fat transfer). This process removes fat from one or more areas on the body and transfers it into another area that needs additional volume. A fat transfer can be used on large areas, such as the buttocks or on smaller features, such as the hands. Body fat transfers are commonly chosen when a patient wants a natural enhancement vs. using implants or fillers. Portland, OR plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon uses the most effective grafting techniques for performing fat transfers. This procedure at The Bensimon Center creates gorgeous, soft outcomes.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"I was referred to Dr. Bensimon by another plastic surgeon that I had seen previously for another procedure. I think that is important because it shows that Dr. Bensimon's peers respect his work. I have just had the Bensipeel and fat transfer and I couldn't be happier with the results. I had reached the distressing point in life where my youthful look was gone. I had a real loss of volume that contributed to undesirable lines and hollowness on my face. Dr. Bensimon addressed these issues and I feel like I have a new lease on life. He gave me back the face I wanted and more. He tweaked a couple of things that I never would have thought of and it made all the difference in the world. I wouldn't change anything and I would do it again in a minute. In fact I told him I wanted a standing appointment to do this every year. That's how easy it was and how happy I am with the results. Of course he said I won't need to do it every year. That's great news! Dr. Bensimon has a fantastic aesthetic sense. He knows how to create your best possible look. I'm so happy to have found him. I will always trust his judgement about what to do to keep me at my best. It's hard to face Father Time but with Dr Bensimon on your side you don't have to do it alone. You can fight back and win! Life is too short to spend too much time unhappy with how you are aging or anything you don't like about how you look. Dr. Bensimon has surrounded himself with a staff of caring and professional yet very approachable individuals. The whole experience was a pleasure. My only regret is that I waited so long to do it!"- L.J. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2015
"Fat Transfer to Arms After Botched Liposuction - Portland, OR - Luda was amazing. All the staff made me feel comfortable, even as subconscious about my body as I was. They were warm and caring and friendly. And Dr Bensimon is skilled!"- F. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2016
Individuals who desire additional volume in areas of the body that appear hollow, thin, or deflated may be the right candidates for a fat transfer. This treatment is even more advantageous because it offers a natural approach to create results by introducing the patient's own fat. With this method, there is little worry for rejection or adverse effects. Patients at The Bensimon Center considering this treatment should be at a healthy weight and have enough fat to remove for the transfer.
During a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The exact type of sedation or anesthesia will be based on how much fat is being removed, including the location where it will be reinstated. Liposuction is performed first via a small, specialized cannula to delicately remove the fat, where it will then be separated and purified through a centrifuge (which prepares the healthy fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the fat will be added to the area of concern. This injection is performed in layers until even smoothness has been attained. For larger areas, multiple injections will be used and massaged layer by layer.
What to Expect
After a fat transfer, you will go through a healing period. Keep in mind, there are at least two sites on the body affected by this treatment: the fat removal site and injection site. The overall recovery may take longer if a larger area on the body was addressed. For example, a fat transfer to the hands will generally only need a 1 – 2-day recovery whereas a transfer to a larger section, such as the breast or buttocks, can take weeks longer. The sites will appear swollen and red, but the results can be seen pretty quickly. The added bonus is the area that involved fat removal will appear slimmer. This procedure yields lasting results, but there will be some fat reabsorption. For some, an additional transfer may be needed down the road. There is minimal scarring associated with this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer cost?
The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly, depending on a number of factors. For transfers to the breasts or buttocks, a higher volume of fat is needed, therefore, liposuction is used and a longer process is incorporated to purify the fat and inject it accordingly. Smaller treatment areas, such as adding facial volume, take less fat and time. The volume amount needed to reach your goals will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Bensimon, along with pricing estimates and payment options for you to consider.
Where can I have fat transferred?
Fat can be transferred almost anywhere on your face or body that you want volume. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks (often known as a Brazilian butt lift), face, hands, and breasts. A fat transfer may be combined with breast implants or breast reconstruction to correct irregularities. Age-related volume loss in the face and hands can also be corrected with a fat transfer, particularly in the hollows under the eyes or to add shape to your lips. Talk to Dr. Bensimon during your consultation about where you would like to add volume so he can create your custom fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Bensimon uses the latest techniques to purify and graft fat that minimizes reabsorption. However, there is usually still a small amount of the transferred fat that does not attach to its new location so Dr. Bensimon typically adds slightly more fat than what is needed. If you want to enhance or touch-up your results after a few years, a second fat transfer may be performed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Depending on where you want to add volume, there may be an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts and buttocks, an implant can be considered instead of a fat transfer. In your face and hands, The Bensimon Center offers many dermal fillers for long-lasting volume and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Bensimon will discuss all of the various options during your consultation so that you can get the results that will match your personal and aesthetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
During your consultation with Dr. Bensimon, he will discuss how much fat is needed to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough excess fat for the transfer, but this is typically only a problem if you have a very low body fat percentage or you want a large volume of fat added to one area. Fat can be removed from multiple areas if needed or supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Bensimon will discuss all of your options during your consultation.
Take the Natural Approach
If you desire fuller lips or want to smooth out facial lines, this treatment may be a great option. In addition, a fat transfer works great for the breasts and buttocks. There are many options for cosmetic enhancement. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want without undergoing an invasive surgery that requires a lengthy recovery period or associated downtime. We invite you to contact our office to schedule your consult at The Bensimon Center.