A cosmetic procedure that helps to add definition to areas of the body is fat grafting. Dr. Lapuerta offers Houston, Pearland, and Katy patients the chance to add desired volume to deflated body parts through this advanced surgery. Also known as a fat transfer, this procedure uses fat from the patient’s own body to “plump up” other body parts such as the buttocks or lips. Fat transfers have lasting results and most patients love the fact that fat can be taken from a problematic area and transferred to another. Dr. Lapuerta will discuss these benefits during the initial consultation.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"Lipo/fat Grafting to the Buttocks - Pearland, TX - Excellent dr will recommend to anyone"- M. / RealSelf / Nov 21, 2013
"Fat transfer to buttox - He is super nice, made me feel safe above all"- L. / RealSelf / Oct 17, 2016
"Absolutely love it - He is super nice, made me feel safe above all - - I am so excited guys! I have decided to go forward with the bbl I wanted so bad, I hope all my expectations are accomplished and have a more rounded, HUGE booty lol. I already have a booty but as you Ladys know with age everything starts to fall apart. I know he is going to do a great job and I would post pictures for toy lady's:)"- L. / RealSelf / Oct 17, 2016
During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The fat will then be purified using a centrifuge, which is a device that spins the fat at a high speed in order to remove any impurities. The fat will be placed in a syringe and augmented into the transfer site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.
A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon will use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short time. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.
A fat transfer procedure will vary greatly in terms of cost, but the surgery could run as low as $8,000 or as high as $11,000. The reason for the expansive price range is because there are two procedures that have to be accounted — liposuction and the actual fat grafting/transfer process. The price is subjective until it is known how much fat is going to be removed from how many body parts and where the transfers will take place.
Fat Transfer FAQs
When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Plasma Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.
A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement.
While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse. An injection, such as BOTOX®, may produce the results some patient’s desire — especially where wrinkle correction is concerned. For patients desiring volume, there are countless filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, offer temporary outcomes, while the heaviest of fillers, PMMA, offer lasting results.
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- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $11,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location