Fat Transfer in Plano, TX

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What is a Fat Transfer?

The fat transfer or fat grafting procedure involves transferring fat from one area of the body to other areas that have lost volume as a result of the natural aging process. This procedure is commonly used for the face, buttocks, breast, and body. As a result, Plano, TX Dr. Kristen Ann Aliano Messina and board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Vu Ho are able to use a patient’s own fat tissue as a natural filler to allow them to artistically enhance and shape areas of volume depletion and restore a youthful fullness. Fat grafting is often combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as face lifting and laser resurfacing, for optimal facial surgery results. Since a patient’s own fat is used, the procedure consists of 100% natural material with minimal downtime.

Am I a Candidate for a Fat Transfer?

Men and women are turning to plastic surgeons to perform fat transfers to plump cheeks, fill in lips, and make buttocks and breasts fuller and shapelier. Great candidates for a fat transfer:

  • Have areas of the body with enough excess fat for liposuction
  • Have areas of the body that are flat or thin and need volume
  • Are allergic to injectable fillers, such as Radiesse® or Voluma®
  • Need tissue replenished following a cancer removal surgery
  • Have overall good health

How is Fat Transfer Performed?

Once the patient is under general anesthesia or local sedation (depending upon the specific procedure), an instrument called a cannula is inserted into the skin to suction out the fat. Incisions for this procedure are routinely very small and will be easily hidden under clothing. The removed fat is then sorted and purified before being put into a syringe for the transfer. The surgeon will inject the fat into the skin and massage the area so that the fat settles smoothly into the needed area. This process may have to be performed several times, which is also known as a layered fat grafting, for the best results. The patient will see redness and swelling initially, but fat transfers usually have a downtime (7 – 10 days) and total recovery period (1 – 2 weeks).

What Results Can I Expect from a Fat Transfer?

Patients receiving a fat transfer may need additional grafting surgeries in the future. As the fat settles into the new area of the body, it may become reabsorbed by the body. Fat transfer is generally an easier and more natural way to enhance and add volume to areas of the body than dermal injectables or artificial implants. Some patients may consider having dermal injections in the area(s) that need volume as a test to see what they do or do not like about the size the surgeon makes their backside.

What is the PRO-NOX System?

Dr. Ho, Dr. Aliano Messina, and our entire staff are completely dedicated to prioritizing your comfort, safety, and satisfaction during this cosmetic procedure. If you are undergoing a small fat grafting procedure under local in the office, we now offer the PRO-NOX™ Nitrous Oxide Delivery System to ensure your comfort.

With the PRO-NOX system, you can control anxiety or pain during any medical procedure. Much like what you might receive from your dentist for pain, this vapor blend allows you, the patient, to choose the strength of the nitrous oxide and oxygen flow.

What is Suneva Puregraft?

As the lone fat transfer system that has been clinically proven to improve long-term graft retention, Suneva® PureGraft can remove over 97% of contaminants, significantly increasing the body's chances of retention. Thanks to its selective-filtration technology, the device is able to lightly dialyze collected fat and eliminate blood, oil, fluid, and fragmented cells while leaving behind the beneficial fat cells necessary for the transfer. This device may be used with your procedure.  Additionally, procedures using PureGraft are able to operate much more efficiently, reducing the length of procedures and allowing patients to return home even sooner. If you've been considering a fat transfer, schedule a consultation with us to discuss the benefits of the Suneva PureGraft.

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Weight loss, aging, and genetics are all reasons why an area of the body needs replenished volume. A fat transfer creates fuller, healthier-looking areas of the body without allergic reactions since it is the patient’s own fat. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about fat transfer surgery and your options. 

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