While some people are born with natural fullness in their breasts and buttocks, others benefit from enhancement treatments to add volume to these areas. There are several volumizing treatments on the cosmetic market, but at Facials and Fillers Aesthetics Center, our fat transfer procedure uses your body’s natural tissues to achieve fuller, more shapely contours.

Located in Morehead City, North Carolina, Facials and Fillers Aesthetics Center offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments for a wide range of skin types and conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if a fat transfer is right for you.

What is a Fat Transfer?

Also referred to as fat grafting and fat injection, fat transfer involves removing fat from areas where it is commonly found in excess, such as the abdomen, thighs, love handles or hips. A fat transfer not only improves areas that need enhancing, it also reduces fat in areas where it is not needed.

During a fat transfer, small incisions are made around the site where the fat is being removed. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions and used to gently break up the fat cells. Using liposuction, the fat is then carefully extracted through the cannula and harvested for the transfer process.

Our medical team often utilizes the Tumescent technique for liposuction, which includes a diluted solution of epinephrine and lidocaine. This method not only limits blood loss and trauma to the body during treatment, it also helps numb the area for reduced discomfort afterward.

After the fat has been collected, it is purified to ensure quality, and is then injected back into the patient using a small syringe and cannula. Tiny droplets of fat are dispersed throughout the tissues so that each transferred fat cell can establish an adequate supply of blood, improving its survival rate after treatment.

As the transferred fat adjusts to its new location, you will notice a fuller, more shapely appearance in treated areas.

Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?

In order to add fullness to volume-deficient areas on the body, potential candidates for fat transfer must also have an adequate amount of excess fat. Healthy individuals who do not smoke, do not have circulation or other serious medical conditions, and who are realistic expectations for treatment are generally approved.

In some cases, other procedures can be performed in conjunction with a fat transfer. These options can be discussed during your consultation.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Unlike synthetic dermal fillers that wear off over time, a fat transfer is permanent. On average, 60-80 percent of transferred fat survives after the procedure, depending on where it was injected. Avoiding strenuous activity or abrasive contact directly after treatment often helps the survival rate.

Contact Facials and Fillers Aesthetics Center today to schedule a consultation and find out how a fat transfer can safely and naturally add shape and volume to your body.