What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer, also referred to as fat grafting or fat injection, moves fat from one area of the body to another. For instance, fat from the inner thighs may be transplanted to fill hollow spots in the cheeks. Or fat taken from the abdomen can be moved to fill out the buttocks.
Fat transfer can address the fat loss in the face, lips, breasts, buttocks, hips, chest, and other parts of the body. This procedure is a popular alternative to cosmetic fillers like JUVÉDERM, RADIESSE®, or collagen in the face.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
Fat transfer is performed as an outpatient service, involving local or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat transferred.
Dr. Sadeghi begins by using VASERlipo® or power-assisted liposuction to carefully remove fat cells from the areas of the body with extra fat. Common sites include the abdomen, inner thigh, and “love handles.” Fat removed during a tummy tuck or breast reduction may also be used.
The fat is then processed by centrifuging, filtering, or rinsing. After the fat has been purified, it is injected where needed. The fat is evenly distributed into the area by injecting tiny amounts so that it is surrounded by healthy tissue. This method ensures that the transplanted fat remains in contact with surrounding tissues that supply it with oxygen and nutrients.
A fat transfer procedure typically takes about an hour, depending on the size of the treated area(s).
Why Choose Doctor Nola?
Dr. Ali Sadeghi, a.k.a. Doctor Nola, is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive breast surgery in the New Orleans area.
Fat transfer patients receive compassionate, one-on-one care in a welcoming environment. The Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques to achieve beautiful results with fat transfers and other procedures. Dr. Sadeghi has earned a reputation as a leader in the plastic surgery field, providing the highest quality cosmetic procedures for individuals in New Orleans for nearly two decades.
Fat transfer is a very individualized process. Patients have different goals and different bodies. Dr. Sadeghi will provide input and feedback during your consultation. He is happy to provide all the information you need when deciding whether to have fat grafting or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.