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Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) in Las Vegas, NV*

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What is a fat transfer?

A fat transfer is a surgical procedure that uses liposuction to remove fat from an area on the body where the fat layer is thick. These fat deposits are collected and purified, then reinstated into another part of the body that needs volume. Common areas where a fat transfer may be performed include the breasts, buttocks, lips, and face. Fat transfers are performed to meet an aesthetic purpose. While the results are natural and beautiful, over time, some of the fat may be absorbed back into the body. Patients who desire a permanent result may consider silicone implants instead. It is important to find a surgeon that understands how to select, handle, process, and transfer the fat. Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi studied under one of the top fat grafting surgeons in the world and has both expanded and improved upon the techniques he has mastered. Lipo with fat transfer costs can vary from patient to patient based on the amount of fat to be transferred, the number of areas of liposuction, and the number of areas the fat is going to be placed. A consultation is required to determine if this procedure is right for you.

Dr. Khorsandi's Approach

One of the major advantages of a body fat transfer is its holistic approach to augmenting and contouring the body or face. It is fat from the patient’s very own body and not a manufactured substance, which means there is no concern for rejection. However, due to the process of transferring the fat, not all of the fat cells survive the collection and some fat is reabsorbed once it reenters the body or face.

In his approach to fat redistribution, Dr. Khorsandi uses a special liposuction cannula to gently harvest the fat for filler. He carefully chooses from areas of "diet-resistant" fat to ensure lasting results that will not fluctuate with your weight. The fat selected will naturally contain stem cells, which are harvested along with the fat and preserved in the transfer. Nothing artificial is added, nor biologically manipulated before or after fat is replaced in a new position with fat injections.

Surgical Technique

During this outpatient procedure with general anesthesia, fat is removed from a preselected donor site via liposuction. If the donor site is small, a local anesthetic may be used instead. A special cannula is inserted into the area for collection, which will remove the fat deposits so that they can be purified by a centrifuge. Only the healthy fat will be used for reinjection, which will then be prepared in syringes for fat redistribution. Dr. Khorsandi will slowly reinstate the fat into the body part or facial area where volume, shape, and contours are needed. During the fat injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome for using your fat for filler. Dr. Khorsandi is regularly asked to transfer fat into the breasts, buttocks, calves, under-eye area, face, and lips.

AFTER YOUR FAT TRANSFER

The fat transfer recovery period will depend on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery and the amount of fat transferred. Liposuction and reinjection of the fat will cause swelling and bruising on both sites, which should subside within a few days. Because the incisions for liposuction were made just big enough for the cannula, scarring should be minimal. You can also expect to have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Khorsandi during your fat transfer recovery.

Expected Cost

Fat transfer costs will vary. Again, it will depend on the size of the area treated and how much fat was removed and transferred. The price can range as low as $3,000 – $5,000 and can go as high as $11,000.

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Average Cost  
$5,000 - $15,000
Recovery Time  
Varies
Average Procedure Time  
1-3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Fat Transfer FAQs

How Long Do The Results Last?

Using your own fat to augment another area can last for many years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Khorsandi, will be able to maximize the outcome. He will perform the fat collection and fat redistribution by using his experience with time-tested techniques for liposuction and fat layering. There is an ongoing research study, which promises the long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues. It also involves incorporating platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.

Do I need a Transfer + lift?

Patients who have excessive loose skin in the areas where they want a fat transfer may need more than just a filler to obtain the right look. For example, if a woman has excess loose skin and low tissue volume in her breasts, she would benefit from having a breast lift and fat transfer. Adding extra fat to the area will not give the breasts a perky, uplifted look. Dr. Khorsandi will discuss all the options that are available to get the right look when you want to use your own fat for breast enlargement or elsewhere.

Can I exchange my implants?

Women do exchange their breast implants for an autologous tissue transfer at VIP Plastic Surgery. If it is time to replace the breast implants or if there is a desire to no longer have the synthetic implants, a breast revision surgery can be performed. Fat can replace a breast implant if the patient is a candidate for a fat transfer (with enough fat to move to the breast).

What about scarring?

Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing.

Do you have other fillers?

For acne scars, loss of facial volume, and some deep wrinkles, there are nonsurgical cosmetic injectable dermal filler treatments available on the market today. These medical-grade fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA), or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

Redistribute your fat

Transferring fat to other body parts or facial areas can produce tremendous results when performed by Dr. Khorsandi, one of the best fat transfer surgeons in Las Vegas. At VIP Plastic Surgery, we offer men and women private consultations for fat transfers to augment one area and slim another. Contact one of our friendly patient care coordinators today to set up an appointment to find out more about using your own fat for filler.

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