Fat grafting, also known as a Fat Transfer, is a cosmetic surgery that takes fat from one area of the body, harvests and purifies it, and then transplants it to another area. This process is done to add plumpness and volume to a part of the body that has become deflated or shallow. During a Fat Transfer procedure, fat is first removed through liposuction. There are various liposuction techniques that can be used to achieve the fat removal portion of the surgery. Advances in medical science have made the purification of this fat a much simpler and effective process. Common areas of the body cosmetically treated with a Fat Transfer include the face, lips, buttocks, and breasts. Contact Dr. Marvin Spann today for your consultation!
Fat Transfer Reviews
"I’m about 5months post lipo and fat transfer. I’m so happy with my results, after trying to be consistent at the gym and not seeing results I wanted I finally decided to see Dr. Marvin Span. Very professional, healing process was much better then expected, minimal pain, scarring looks great and I still look natural which was my request and he meet my standards. Thank you for the confidence and thank you to the staff for being so helpful, highly recommend."- J.M. / Yelp / May 29, 2021
"This is my first time making a YELP review. I felt that I must share my wonderful experience with Dr. Marvin Spann. I am 65 years old and have had over 15 breast surgeries since my first one at age 21. I have had multiple problems from implant encapsulations, ruptures, and bad doctors leaving my breasts deformed and irregular and non symmetrical. My left areola was shriveled up and I thought that I had little left to work with. A couple of years ago I decided to have all implants and free floating silicone removed leaving my chest flat and lumpy with deformed looking nipples and areolas. Dr. Spann was recommended to me by a family member and I was reluctant to do anything as I thought that ever looking pretty again was hopeless. I gave Dr. Spann a chance since I thought I had nothing to lose. To my surprise he repaired my areala and made it and my nipples look back to normal and my breast looked greatly improved and with a second fat grafting surgery my breasts now look better than they have ever looked even when I was young. I think that Dr. Marvin Spann is a miracle worker as I did not think it was possible to make my breasts look as good as he did. I am so grateful for Dr. Spann"- K.J. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2023
During the consultation, Dr. Marvin Spann 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 tissue will then be separated and purified so that only the healthy fat tissue remains for transplantation. 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, smooth 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 anywhere from $7,500-$12,500. 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $12,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
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 understands the proper mechanism for creating a result that will last. Dr. Marvin Spann has great success with Fat Transfer surgery by implementing new, modern techniques to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Plasma Rich Plasma (PRP) is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival.
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. To discover which option is right for you, simply contact our office today to schedule your consultation!