Fat transfer is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures in the US. The procedure is used to contour many areas of the body. As the name suggests, the fat transfer procedure involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your body areas. If you have excess and unwanted fat in your body areas, it can be used to enhance other localized areas of your body. The fat transfer surgery involves the use of liposuction to extract fat cells from the fat donor sites in your body such as the abdomen, sides, flanks, and thighs. The fat is then transferred to the body areas that need contouring or treatment. The common body areas that can be treated via fat transfer include the breasts, butt, face, and hands. Signs you need fat transfer There are certain signs that show you need a fat transfer. If your butt is smaller, flatter, or poorly contoured and the condition is making you experience lower self-esteem, it indicates you need fat transfer to the butt. Moreover, if your breasts are smaller or poorly contoured and you want to make them shapelier and projected, the fat transfer surgery can deliver the desired results to you. Fat transfer is also used to treat facial areas that need contouring. For example, a sunken and creased face is an indication you need a fat transfer. Also, if you previously used temporary fillers to enhance your face that didn’t deliver the desired outcomes, you may consider fat transfer surgery. If your hands are poorly shaped or have depressions, a fat transfer intervention can treat the condition. Body areas where fat can be transferred Fat transfer to the breasts: Fat transfer to the breasts is one of the most common, popular, and effective plastic surgery procedures. If you want to add mild to moderate projection to your breasts or want to improve the shape of your breasts, the fat transfer procedure can deliver you just that. However, you must have excess fat in your body, meet all the prerequisites for the surgery, and have good skin quality to be considered a good candidate for the intervention. The procedure would involve the surgical removal of the fat from the fat donor sites in your body and grafting of the fat to the breasts. After the intervention, your breasts will increase in size and improve in shape. Since your own body fat is used, your breasts will appear completely natural. The procedure is safer than breast implant surgery. The disadvantage is that weight loss will shrink your breasts because it would affect the fat in your breasts in the same way as it does other areas of your body. Be sure to maintain a stable weight after the surgery. Fat transfer to the buttocks: More popularly known as the Brazilian butt lift, fat transfer to the butt involves removal of the excess fat from your body areas and grafting of the fat cells into the buttocks. If your butt is smaller, flatter, or poorly contoured, you may consider the fat transfer procedure. The surgery is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The results of fat transfer to the buttocks are completely natural and the procedure is relatively safer. Once the fat is transferred to the buttocks, your butt will appear toned, fuller, and shapelier. Every year tens of thousands of women undergo the Brazilian butt lift in the US to make their rear ends sexier, voluptuous, and aesthetically appealing. The fat transfer to the butt can also be performed in association with the butt implant surgery. In other words, the fat would be used over the butt implants in order to further enhance the results achieved with the implants. You must make sure to choose a highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon that has a great sense of aesthetics of the female body to perform your procedure. Fat transfer to the face: Facial fat transfer is yet another commonly performed plastic surgery procedure. Most women seek facial fat transfer to treat wrinkles, facial lines, crow’s feet, and depressed face. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, but depending on your preference, IV sedation and general anesthesia can also be used. Fat can be removed from the body areas like the abdomen, sides, thighs, and love handles and then grafted into the face. The procedure can also effectively treat areas of the face that appear sunken or weak, poorly shaped, or very thin lips and sunken cheeks. After the intervention, your face will appear fuller, bright, and aesthetically attractive. The good news is that fat grafts can also be injected in the area between the mouth and nose so the lines are reduced. Wrinkles on the forehead and indentations can also be effectively treated with the fat transfer procedure. Fat transfer to the hands: The hands are among the most important areas in terms of aesthetics. They are important because you always keep them open and even a minor aesthetic flaw in the hands has the potential to cause lower self-esteem for many patients. The procedure can effectively treat hands that lack volume and hands that have wrinkles. Fat can also be transferred to the hands to cover visible blood vessels and tendons, besides enhancing the tone of the skin that may have become unpleasant over time. After the intervention, your hands would appear beautiful, with the veins and tendons hidden and the skin much brighter. Pros and cons of the fat transfer procedure Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, including the fat transfer, patients must consider the pros and cons of the procedure. When it comes to fat transfer, it delivers natural results because it uses your own body fat to enhance your body areas instead of foreign objects or dermal fillers. For the same reasons, fat transfer surgery is also relatively safer. It does not cause allergic reactions and your immune system would not attack the fat grafts because they come from your own body. The results achieved via fat transfer are long lasting as long as you keep a stable weight. Moreover, the intervention is the least invasive and you would not get scars on the fat recipient areas. Only tiny scars would develop at the fat donor site. The good news is that removal of the excess fat from the fat donor sites would contour those areas as well. On the other hand, the fat transfer surgery is time-consuming. It requires meticulous work, attention to detail, and the artistry to deliver you the desired results. The fat cells are carefully removed from the body, purified, and then carefully grafted into the recipient areas. The cost of fat transfer is relatively higher, and you may need multiple sessions of fat transfer for the butt and breasts. Also, weight loss will affect the results achieved via fat transfer. Candidacy for the fat transfer surgery In order to be a good candidate for the fat transfer surgery, you must be in good physical and mental health. Also, you should have realistic expectations and reasonable and achievable aesthetic goals. Your skin quality must be good enough to not sag after removal of the fat from the fat donor sites. If you are a smoker, you would be required to stop smoking in order to qualify for the fat transfer surgery. Moreover, you must be considering the intervention for all the right reasons and should be ready to go through a complete recovery process. If you are pregnant, you will not qualify for the procedure. How is the surgery performed? The fat transfer procedure starts with extraction of the excess fat from the fat donor sites. The common fat donor areas are the abdomen, thighs, sides, and flanks. Liposuction is performed on the fat donor sites to remove the fat. Liposuction involves the use of a small hollow tube called liposuction cannula. An incision is placed on the fat donor site, and the cannula is entered through the incisions under the skin. The cannula is carefully moved back and forth to dislodge the fat cells, which are then suctioned out with the help of a low power suction pump or a syringe. The same process is repeated on all fat donor sites, and the incisions are then sutured and closed. The fat removed from the body is then treated in a centrifuge. The impurities are removed along with the damaged and dead fat cells. In the next step, only the best quality, healthy, and alive fat cells are grafted into the fat recipient area. The surgeon would rely on his surgical skills, sense of aesthetics, and artistry to shape the fat recipient area according to your desires and expectations. The aesthetic results would not be immediately visible. Your body would take the time to establish blood flow to the fat grafts, after which the outcomes would gradually evolve. This can take several months to happen. Conclusion Fat transfer is one of the popular plastic surgery procedures. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat from your body and grafting of the fat cells into the body areas that need aesthetic improvement. The common body areas that can be treated via fat transfer are the butt, breasts, hands, and face.