Serving Dothan, Alabama and Panama City, Florida areas
Have you ever wished you could just remove fat from your hips, tummy, or waist and put it somewhere else? Fat grafting does just that--takes fat from places where you don't want it and puts it where you do, allowing for facial rejuvenation and body recontouring with no artificial fillers and no implants. And the best part is that the results can be virtually permanent, no repeated treatments or reoperations. Almost anyone that needs fat transferred to a particular area is a candidate for fat transfer. The procedure does have some limitations, but for those who can take advantage of it, this procedure gives outstanding results.
This page contains some basic information about fat grafting. If you want to learn whether you're a candidate for this procedure, please contact the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Feagin and Owen have been doing fat transfers for over ten years. They have continued to keep up with the most current methods and scientific information on fat grafting and fat transfers.
What Fat Grafting Can Do
It can be used to improve or restore contours in your face and body. Whether you never had the curves you desire, or you have noticed that age has taken its toll on your features, fat grafting can help. It can be used for:
- Removing hollows under eyes
- Restoring volume to cheeks
- Correcting nasolabial folds
- Improving face lift results
- Restoring volume to hands to make hands look more youthful
- Butt lift (augmentation)
- Cover rippling in saline breast implants
In all these areas, fat grafting gives great results. At the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center, we do not currently recommend fat grafting for breast augmentation (see below).
How Fat Grafting Works
It begins by harvesting fat from a suitable donor region. This can be almost any place where you have excess fat, but the abdomen, flank and outer thigh areas are the best source. One of the few reasons that a person may not be a candidate for the procedure is that they don't have sufficient fat in donor regions. If so, you may be asked to gain weight before getting the procedure.
Harvested fat is treated and re-injected into the desired area. It is injected in small quantities to make it more likely that the graft will "take."
Not all transplanted fat will survive, so generally we inject more than you desire. Your results will change over time until you see final results around three to four months. If you do not quite achieve the results you desire, you might want to get a touch-up treatment.
It is a permanent procedure. Once the injected fat has received a blood supply from the surrounding tissue, it will continue to survive the rest of your life.
Fat Grafting and Breast Augmentation
There has been a great deal of attention given to using fat grafting to perform breast augmentation.
Breast implants give great, long-lasting results that are currently better than those that can be achieved with fat grafting. However, we continue to evaluate the procedure and if it improves we may offer it to our patients. Fat grafting can be used to increase the size and fullness of the breast. However, in most cases, breast implants work better. If someone is undergoing liposuction and wants only minor increase in breast size and fullness, then they may be a candidate for fat transfer to the breast.
Why Feagin & Owen for Your Fat Grafting Procedure
Fat grafting is a delicate procedure that depends heavily on the subtleties of the surgeon's technique. It also depends on careful candidate selection to ensure you get the procedure that is best for you. If you are considering fat grafting, you should work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing fat grafting procedures.
Dr. Charles A. Feagin and Dr. William Owen have about 50 years of combined experience getting great plastic surgery results for people in and around Dothan, Alabama, Columbus, Georgia, and Panama City, Florida. They have extensive experience in performing fat grafting procedures and you can see examples of their results in our Before & after gallery.
To learn more about fat grafting and whether you are a candidate, please schedule a consultation at the Feagin & Owen Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center today.