How does fat transfer procedure work

How does fat transfer procedure work

28th Jun 2017

The fat transfer procedure for buttock augmentation is one of the very popular plastic surgeries in the US and around the world. Since the procedure is relatively safer and delivers natural results, the demand for fat transfer, also known as fat grafting and Brazilian butt lift, has witnessed a huge rise in the US over the last couple of years.

Unlike the buttock implant surgery, the fat transfer procedure involves the use of your own body fat to enhance and shape your buttocks. The procedure does not involve the use of any foreign objects like buttock implants. However, depending on your aesthetic goals and volume of excess fats in your body, the use of butt implants along with fat transfer may be recommended.

The fat transfer procedure is ideal for women who have surplus fat in different areas of their bodies, such as the abdomen, sides, flanks, upper back, thighs, etc. The surgery effectively treats conditions that involve smaller or flatter buttocks, and poorly shaped or asymmetrical butts. After the surgery, your butts will appear fuller, rounded, and balanced. The psychological benefits include increased self- esteem and confidence, which translates into more productivity.

The procedure starts with the administration of medications for the patient’s comfort during the operation. Normally, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia but your surgeon will tell you exactly what types of medications are best for you.

After the administration of anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will perform liposuction to remove surplus, unwanted fat from different areas of the body pre-identified as fat donor sites during the initial consultation. The common fat donor sites include the abdomen, sides, flanks, love handles, upper back, thighs, and calves. During the liposuction procedure, the surgeon will insert tiny cannulas in the target area through a tiny incision.

The cannula is connected to a suction pump. Tumescent solution is normally introduced in the target area to loosen fat cells and minimize bleeding. In a controlled back and forth motion, the cannula dislodges the fat cells from the surrounding tissues and the fats are removed through the suction pump.

The fat removed from your body will then be processed for purification. It is worth mentioning here that only 25 to 30 percent of the removed fat will qualify for transfer to the buttocks. Your surgeon will make sure that only the best quality fat cells are picked for transfer to your butt.

Finally, the last step is to inject the purified fat in the buttocks using special needles. Both of your buttocks will receive several fat injections to augment and sculpt your new shape. During fat transfer, what is in play is not just the surgeon’s specialized training in plastic surgery but also his well-developed sense of aesthetics, and considerable artistry to deliver the desired shape and form to your buttocks. The areas that need contouring will be specifically addressed during this step.

While you will immediately see some visible results after surgery, final outcomes can only be fully appreciated a few weeks or months after the procedure. Since incisions are not placed on your butts, you will not get any scars there. To enjoy long-term benefits, you will need to make lifestyle changes and exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet.

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