Fat Transfer - Is It Worth It?

Posted on the 22 April 2014 at 15:25

Fat Transfer procedures are attracting the interest of increasing numbers of people over the past few years but are they really worth it? Are the fat cells damaged during extraction and transplantation? Should you avoid ultrasound-assisted liposuction in favour of other lipo methods? Are implants and temporary fillers still the better option?

There are plenty of questions to ask and it’s really important patients manage their expectations and make sure they ask the right questions and get correct answers. Fat Transfer procedures offer an exciting alternative to implants and fillers so I urge people to explore. It can’t be said enough that the best patient is an informed one.

Fat Transfer to the Buttocks and Breasts

These areas of the body are well-known for their fatty deposits in different ways. It’s not just women attracted to the prospect of a fuller chest and derriere, men are also getting in on the action. Magazines and tabloids often mention a nice bottom ranking as a top physical attribute in prospective male partners, as much as men (and indeed some women) may value the buttocks and breasts of prospective female partners.

The breasts are often the easiest area to treat of all common fat transfer procedures. Many of my patients are post-pregnancy and looking to restore volume to the area. Fat Transfer is ideal in such an instance and the body can handle it well. People looking for alternatives to implants may struggle a little more. The results may not be what they’re looking for so it’s often wise to explore both options and be realistic. Fat Transfer to the breasts is only an alternative for some patients. Breast Augmentation with implants may still be the most suitable procedure for people interested in cup size increase.

Fat Transfer to the buttocks is a little harder. It’s a more dynamic part of the body, put under pressure and movement more regularly. In truth, there is no perfect treatment to increase the size and shape for everyone but for the right candidate it can be the perfect treatment. A consultation is the best way for me to be able to determine suitability and potential results.

Fat Transfer to the Hands and Face

I don’t offer Fat Transfer to the Hands and Face. However such procedures present an exciting opportunity to combat some of the effects of ageing with fat loss exacerbating the aged appearance of some of the most exposed parts of the body. Practitioners need to be especially careful with Fat Transfer to the face to avoid some of the most controversial issues, particularly around the eyes. In a well-regulated industry the risks would be minimal if patients could easily identify qualified and experienced practitioners. While we wait for the regulation to catch up, ensure you know how your doctor will make it as safe as possible.

Choose Carefully

Another big issue is just how practitioners can avoid damaging the fat cells and maintain their viability after transfer. Potentially ultrasound-assisted lipo can damage the fat cells, a major reason why I use and recommend MicroLipo (it avoids ultrasound and favours microcannulas for extraction). The separation method is also important. Some may use centrifuges to separate the fat cells while other methods are used to avoid any such disruption. Whatever the method, the practitioner needs to demonstrate that they are behind successful results. Ask to see before and after pictures, speak to previous patients and explore your alternatives. Ensure you ask how exactly they will prevent cell damage where possible as well as mitigate its effects.

Ultimately it’s up to the practitioner to demonstrate how well they can help a prospective patient. A good practitioner will be honest about expected results and won’t help you if they know that you’re not suitable. Unfortunately in this industry, patients need to keep their wits about them. Choose an experienced practitioner with a solid reputation, preferably at a reputable clinic. There’s also little need to pay ridiculous sums for such a procedure. Cost is no guarantee of quality but more importantly cut-prices are unlikely to be an indication of quality. If in doubt, take a step back and research it a little bit more. A life-changing decision is not one to rush.

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