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Fat Transfer in Phoenix 

Taking fat from one part of the body where you have too much and transferring it to another place where you need it is, well…brilliant. Our Phoenix fat transfer enhances curves and provides volume where it’s needed most. 

What does fat transfer do?

Fat transfer (or fat injections, or fat grafting) is a popular body contouring procedure that provides volume to areas such as the buttocks, breasts, face, and anywhere where there are indentations that need to be filled that have been left behind by injury, genetics, trauma, or other surgeries. It is performed with liposuction, and is a very effective tool for enhancing curves and providing youthful plumpness.

How fat transfer works

Fat transfer is achieved by first performing liposuction in one area of the body that has extra fat, then purifying the suctioned fat and injecting it into the desired location. The liposuction procedure loosens and breaks up excess fat, then suctions it out of the body. With typical liposuction procedures, the fat is then discarded. However, with fat transfer, the fat is then used to volumize another area of the body. 

The benefits of fat transfer

One of the biggest advantages of fat transfer is how natural it looks. Because it comes from your own body, the results look and feel organic. In addition, because you’re not introducing something foreign into your body, there’s no risk of allergy or your body reacting poorly to it. Many individuals prefer fat transfer to dermal fillers for this reason; also because the results are permanent—whereas with dermal fillers you’re required to get maintenance treatments every few months. 

Fat transfer is also a great option for women who want a smaller enhancement for their breasts. For women who want a larger enhancement, implants are best.

The most common area to get a fat transfer is the buttocks. The results look and feel natural, and add a beautiful contour. Many individuals choose fat transfer to combat the early signs of aging, or to restore the curvy body they had before pregnancy.

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Fat transfer procedure details

For the breasts and buttocks, general anesthesia is used and the procedure takes 2 to 3 hours. For the face, twilight anesthesia is used and the treatment takes about an hour. Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure. 

Liposuction will be taken from an area of your body that has enough fat to share. Usually this is the thighs, stomach, hips, or lower back. The exact area that will undergo liposuction will be discussed during your consultation. 

During liposuction, your surgeon will make very small, inconspicuous incisions (less than a quarter of an inch), and will then insert a cannula into the incisions. This cannula will pass back and forth to loosen and break up the fat, and will also vacuum the fat into a sterile container. The fat is then placed inside a centrifuge, which spins to separate the fat into layers which include oil, water, fascia, and pure fat. The fat is then put into a syringe and carefully injected into the buttocks, breasts, and/or face.  

Experience matters

When it comes to fat transfer, experience and attention to detail matter greatly. It’s extremely important to select a surgeon who has plenty of experience in both liposuction and fat transfer in order to get the safest and most beautiful results, with as little downtime possible. Be sure to work with a board-certified surgeon with excellent training and years of experience in fat transfer.

What is recovery like?

Patients should be aware that after a fat transfer, there will be gauze, compression garments, and possibly drains to manage. You will also most likely experience swelling, bruising, and minimal pain. This will be discussed during your consultation, and you will also be given thorough at-home instructions so that you fully understand what you will be expected to do. The majority of patients can return work after a week, but for more physically intense jobs, you may need to wait up to two weeks.

What results to expect

Results from your fat transfer are immediately apparent, but may look extra swollen for a few weeks. It’s important for patients to know that just 50% to 60% of the injected fat “takes”, and so part of the early results will be lost after about six months, once everything is totally settled. However, fat transfer can be repeated for optimal results. 

Why choose Regency Specialties?

If you’re interested in undergoing a fat transfer in Phoenix, Buckeye, Surprise, or the nearby areas, schedule a consultation with us at Regency Specialties. We are a multi-specialty group delivering the very best treatments in dermatology, plastic surgery, hand surgery, breast oncology, reconstruction, and dermatopathology, all in one practice. This offers a convenient solution for our patients. We provide the highest level of care and availability, featuring the top specialists in Arizona. You will feel completely welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online.

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Candidates for fat grafting 

If you’re considering undergoing a fat transfer in Buckeye, Surprise, or the nearby areas, you may be a great candidate. The best candidates:

  • Have areas that appear sunken or lack volume
  • Have enough extra fat in one part of the body to use
  • Have moderate skin elasticity
  • Want a better contour for their breasts, buttocks, or face
  • Are seeking a way to fill in scars or depressions
  • Want something more permanent than dermal fillers
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