Fat Transfer

Have you ever wished you could take fat from one area of your body and transfer it to another?  This is now possible through our fat transfer procedure.

Wish to regain your youthful appearance or increase volume in a particular area of your body?  If so, fat transfers may be your best option. Fat transfers deliver smooth, natural, long-lasting results. When paired with liposuction, our advanced fat transfer techniques are the perfect organic alternative to face lifts, breast and buttocks implants or injections.

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How Does It Work?

Fat transfers are an effective and safe procedure that provides patients with natural results that increase volume and plump sagging skin due to aging, genetics, weight gain or loss. First, our team of experts performs liposuction.  Which removes fat from your chosen area (usually abdomen, love handles, thighs or lower back). The stored fat is then injected into your chosen improvement area. During our fat transfer procedure, there is no risk of allergic reactions since your natural cells are used.

Fat transfers have been performed for decades. However, the results were subprime because of the poor fat graft technician used in the past. Due to considerable medical advancements and modernized liposuction systems, this has all changed. The newest techniques for successful fat transfers are the Aqua Lipo, water assisted liposuction, power assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction and vibroliposuction.

Advanced Liposuction Centre’s cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Giraldo and his partner Dr. Robinson were the first doctors in the US to perform liposuction with vibrating cannulas. Together, they trained surgeons across the country using this technique and today, thousands of patients have had successful procedures with beautiful, long-lasting outcomes. According to the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, both water and power assisted liposuction cannulas had the best success rates.

    • Face
    • Breasts
    • Buttocks
    • Hands
    • Aging skin
    • Hollow cheeks
    • Appearance of stretch marks and scars
    • Frown lines, laugh lines
    • Recessed temples
    • Body contour irregularities
    • Skin depressions
    • Long ­lasting results
    • Natural and smooth outcomes
    • Little to no downtime
    • Using your own fat eliminates the possibility for allergic reactions

Fat transfers are an effective alternative to injections and fillers with long lasting to permanent results. Ask our specialists during your consultation about the best option for your liposuction goals.

The Ideal Candidate

A healthy man or woman who desires natural volume renewal for certain areas of his/her body to create a natural, beautiful contour. Also, patients who are interested in improving distorted areas from injuries, trauma or surgeries are great candidates for fat transfer.

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Fat transfer techniques

The Fat Transfer Procedure

Dr. Giraldo uses mild conscious sedation with local anesthesia throughout the entire fat transfer procedure. We use a cannula (small surgical tool) to remove the fat. The cannula is connected to a vacuum, producing a gentle suction mechanism to remove the targeted fat. Modern liposuction advancements target the fat cells and leave a natural collagen shape. Dr. Giraldo, M.D., introduced the Body-Jet Liposuction procedure. This modernized technique combines pressurized water to access the fat tissue, while sparing the remaining area and stem cells. Using this technique is key because there we do not have to enhance the area with platelet rich plasma (PRP), or stem cell isolation. The fat is emulsified while also being extracted. Then, after the fat is processed through the LipoCollector-3 Device, it is ready to be transplanted if desired.

During a liposuction, patients can choose to harvest the fat during the procedure, which means the fat is gently removed from the liposuction area (usually the abdomen, buttocks, thighs or love handles) with a small tool so the fat cell will not become damaged. Then, the fat is placed into a centrifuge which eliminates excess fluids and the dead fat cells are removed. From here, the fat is injected into the desired area (common areas include breasts, cheeks, forehead, neck, buttocks) with a small tool, either slightly under the wrinkle or, in some cases where there is a high vascularity inside of the muscle, the fat is placed in the deep layers of the muscle. The patient’s body will feel tight for a few days and he or she should rest and limit physical activity.

Recovery

    • Patients must arrange a family member or friend to drive them home after surgery. We recommend this person stays with the patient for 1­2 days post­surgery.
    • Wear the compression garment for 2 days without removal. After 3 days, the garment can be removed and placed back on. Patients must wear the garment for 3 weeks.
    • Patients may shower when they are comfortable. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks. Hot tubs should be avoided until the incisions have closed.
    • Keep treatment area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
    • Patients should rest for the first 12 hours after surgery. Walking is encouraged immediately but strenuous exercise (lifting weights, aerobics, running) should be avoided for 2­3 weeks.
    • Patients may be discolored and swollen, so it’s recommended to rest for at least 24 hours. Swelling can last up to 2­4 weeks.
    • If patients experience nausea, stick to dry crackers and carbonated sodas. If not, patients may start slowly with bland food and liquids. Drink plenty of water.
    • Alcohol combined with medication is dangerous, so carefully follow instructions with your medication.
    • Patients should not smoke for at least 14 days after surgery.
    • In order to ensure best results, follow all instructions from the doctor and his staff and visit us for your postoperative appointment(s).

When fat transfers are done correctly, results can last a lifetime! Call us today to schedule a free consultation on fat injections at 724-683-7581. Also, view our before and after gallery and testimonials to see what kinds of results can be achieved.

Commonly Treated Areas

Adipose or fat tissue harvested from the targeted areas can be safely preserved and injected into the face to create a more natural, youthful appearance while rejuvenating the shape. Autologous fat transfer is a universal technique used to reshape and rejuvenate the face. It has been proven that the skin surrounding the area of the transfer increases the appearance and texture due to the new cell activity. Specifically, fat that’s transferred provides structure and volume to the new site, and also promotes nutrition and enhances appearance of the overlying skin.
This breast augmentation technique emcompasses autologous fat grafting, which increases appearance and volume of the breasts. Fat tissue that was harvested from other areas of the body can successfully and safely be re­injected into the breasts to bring back your youthful appearance and reshape their natural beauty. Natural breast augmentation is highly regarded within the cosmetic industry. It’s quickly gaining popularity with patients who want enhanced breasts and also liposuction in another area, such as thighs or arms. Additionally, this method corrects abnormalities caused with implants. Whether your breasts have drooped with age, lost volume with weight loss, become “saggy” due to pregnancy, or if you just want to lift and firm your breasts, natural fat augmentation may be the best choice for you.
Fat grafting or fat transferring to the buttocks is becoming more and more popular in today’s society, with popular icons such as Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez being highly praised with their curves. This procedure restores volume and creates a youthful look to the lower body. The Brazilian Butt Lift achieves results beyond patient’s expectations, especially for patients who have tried vigorous exercise to achieve results that the body cannot naturally produce without this procedure. This procedure involves small puncture incisions, leaving no scars post­operation.
The hands are one of the body areas that show the most about of aging due to lost volume, increasing wrinkles and lines. Many people become self­conscious about their hands as they age and it’s becoming a trending topic in the aesthetic world. Fat transfers in the hands are highly successful and quite easy. The hand rejuvenation procedure uses 1­2 puncture incisions that do not leave scars. The fat that’s grafted blends well with other structures in the hand including the tendons and veins, creating a vibrant, youthful appearance. This procedure also improves skin texture due to the biological activity of the transferred fat cells.

About Stem Cell Banking

Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Giraldo, first conducted research in stem cells during his fellowship at UPMC and is one of only a handful of doctors in the United States to offer stem cell enriched fat transfer procedures.

You can harvest 1000x more stem cells from fat than from the marrow of bone! This amazing medical advance derives adult stem cells from your own fat cells. This can be used after heart attacks to repair heart muscle or help with long term heart failure. Skin, organs, blood vessels, ligaments, nerves, … can all be helped to regenerate from stem cells.  In the near future, every patient who undergoes liposuction will likely request that their fat stem cells be saved for future use by themselves or their loved ones.

Pre and Post Care

Tips for a Recovering Patient

1. Follow directives

After any procedure, you will receive postoperative directions from your provider to take care of yourself in order to remain safe and comfortable. These suggestions will also help you obtain or maintain optimal results. Be sure to closely follow all directions.

2. Communicate with your provider

Fill out the paperwork honestly and completely. Consent forms are reviewed by the patient and signed­off. If for any reason, you have a question about your service, please call us.

3. Enjoy your time off

Plan to have things around your space that make you comfortable. Sometimes patients are most nervous about the time associated with recovery. Use any downtime as time for quiet reflection, self­pampering but above all – do not rush recovery.

How long do fat injections last?
If the fat is harvested, processed, and injected correctly, the result will be long lasting. The procedure should not require touch ups or a second round of fat injections. The result is highly dependent upon the experience of the surgeon, and surgeons who are not using correct purification or injection techniques will not obtain long lasting results. During his fellowship at UPMC, Dr. Giraldo, M.D., trained extensively in tissue transplantation. Experience matters, and he’s performed many procedures on countless satisfied patients!
Who is the ideal candidate for a fat transfer?
The ideal fat transfer patient is a man or woman in good general health, who wants to restore volume to one area while remove fat from another. The patients may need correction due to past surgeries, trauma or other cosmetic procedures.
What are the chances of the transferred fat becoming reabsorbed?
At the Advanced Liposuction Center, we have a breast saffold ready to go, even prior to inserting the fat grafts. The scaffold is apt to handle large fat volumes and ensure that most of the fat cells will survive. Our fat grafting technique has a high amount of re­absorbed fat, about 50%.
Must the patient have a certain amount of body fat?
We achieve admirable results from women and men of all sizes. The procedure has double benefits if you have some fat to spare in a certain area, and would like another area to become more voluminous.
When the fat is taken from the donor site, does that area look saggy?
No, with our harvesting method, the donor site tightens.
Do the fat cells become absorbed by the body after transfer?
It’s now known that the variable for successful augmentations is not the actual fat graft, but the site where the fat is being transferred. As long as the recipient site is well prepared, the majority of the fat will survive.
How much time does it take for the fat graft blood supply to work?
The added blood supply to the graft can take several months. About 6 months post-operation, patients will realize their grafts will begin to show and the area will become more full. This process can take 12 to ­18 months after the surgery.
How long do the results last for fat transfers?
Every person is different and has several variables that determine how long fat transfers last. It can be permanent or last several years. Factors such as aging and weight gain or loss contribute to this.
Can I get a fat transfer more than once?
Yes. If necessary, additional procedures may be done without any complications. Patients must wait 12 months for another procedure.
What is the difference between fillers and a fat injection?
The most vital difference between fat transfers and dermal fillers is that fat transfers do not bring any foreign substance in the body and are temporary. Sometimes, although rare, the body can reject a filler or injectable because it does not know what it is. Fat transfers are a great option for people who are allergic to ingredients in fillers and injectables, such as hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin A. Another factor to consider is that fillers last several months where fat transfers can last several years and may even be permanent.
Are fat transfers painful?
Most patients experience initial discomfort, which only lasts short term. Dr. Giraldo prescribes oral pain medication if needed.Is Natural Breast Augmentation for me?
The ideal candidate for Natural Breast Augmentation is looking for a permanent increase of one to two cup sizes. If you have been considering implants for a one to two cup size increase, natural breast augmentation is a more natural alternative. Women normally lose volume after breast feeding and aging. This is a way to take your own body’s fat stores and safely and permanently transfer them to your breasts. No need for silicon or saline which often need to be replaced every 10 years.How is the fat injected into the buttocks?
First, the buttock is contoured through liposuction in the surrounding areas to make them stand out. The most common areas include the lower back (love handles), the stomach, arms and thighs.Next, the fat suctioned from these areas is carefully purified in a special machine. Because only a fraction of the fat will qualify for reinjection, Dr. Giraldo must liposuction at least 2 areas of your body. Only the highest quality, live fatty tissue will be reinjected into the buttocks for augmentation with special cannulas. Dr. Giraldo injects small amounts of purified fat into different areas of the buttocks and at various depths so that the patient will get the highest permanent absorption rate. Correct injection methods are essential to achieve a uniform, smooth, and natural appearance to the buttocks.

When can I go back to work after the Brazilian Buttocks Augmentation procedure?
Most people can return to work in about 5­8 days. However, you must not sit directly on your buttocks for up to 6 weeks, which ensures that the results will be permanent. You must wear a special garment to control swelling for about 6 weeks. You should be able to resume all normal activities 4 weeks after the procedure, however, there may be a small amount of swelling for up to 6 weeks.

Can I afford a fat transfer procedure?
The Advanced Liposuction Center offers several payment plans and specials. Fat transfer is more affordable than you may think.