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Fat Transfer Surgery (Fat Grafting or Injection with Liposuction) – Metairie, New Orleans, LA

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About Fat Transfers

When a man or woman has weight fluctuations or moves through the normal aging process, they lose that smooth and plump look in specific body areas where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a fat transfer. A fat transfer extracts fat from a place on the body and injects it into a specific area that could benefit from additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be performed on widespread areas such as the breasts or buttocks or on delicate and smaller areas such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelid. Fat transfers are often chosen when an individual hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a device such as an implant or a substance such as a filler. New Orleans, LA plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters is able to use the most advanced liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement by Dr. Walters creates natural-looking, appealing outcomes.

Ideal Candidates

Men and women who wish to have more smoothness and volume in specific places on the face or body that appear hollow, thin, or deflated may be appropriate candidates for the fat grafting (transfer) procedure. This specialized enhancement is even more desired because it provides an autologous way to produce results by incorporating the patient's fat tissue. Both women and men considering this procedure need to be at a certain weight and have fat to extract for the transfer. In addition, you must be a non-smoker, as fat grafting uses only healthy tissue for the most effective outcome.

Surgical Technique

When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be put under the appropriate kind of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method will depend on how much fat tissue is being taken out, including the area where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is completed using a special cannula to precisely extract the fat, so it can be harvested, separated, and prepared (which preps the highest quality fat for syringes). After prepping the injection site, the extracted fat will be transferred into the area chosen. The process of injecting is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, numerous injections will be necessary.

What to Expect

After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Remember there is generally more than one area of the body that needs to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer for lip enlargement will typically only warrant a 1 – 2-day healing period whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the butt or breasts, can take more days. Each area will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed right away. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will look slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting outcomes, but there will be some fat that reabsorbs back to the body. In some patients, another transfer may be necessary later on. There is almost no scarring that is noticeable with this treatment.

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If you are looking to get more voluptuous lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this procedure may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer is an outstanding option for the buttocks or breasts. This treatment offers many choices for adding volume and fullness. We welcome you to get in touch with our staff to make your consultation with Dr. Jules Walters.

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