Fat Transfer in New Orleans, LA

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What Is A Fat Transfer?

If your weight fluctuates a lot or because of aging, you may experience volume loss in certain parts of the body. To combat volume loss, our team at New Orleans Plastic Surgery offers an advanced cosmetic treatment called fat grafting or fat transfer. A fat transfer takes fat from one or more parts of the body and places it into a preferred area. We can perform fat transfer procedures on the buttocks, breasts, lower eyelids, cheeks, and lips. Fat grafting works well for patients who prefer natural enhancements that do not require implants or fillers. During your fat transfer procedure, Dr. Michelle Eagan will use the latest techniques to help you attain your desired results. At New Orleans Plastic Surgery in Louisiana, Dr. Eagan strives to create gorgeous outcomes.

What Are The Benefits Of A Fat Transfer?

A personalized fat transfer procedure designed and performed by Dr. Eagan can reimagine your look with several great benefits, like:

  • Can be safer than implants since it uses your own fat
  • Restores age-related volume loss
  • Enhances the lips, cheeks, breasts, and buttocks
  • Reduces lines and wrinkles
  • Removes stubborn fat from problem areas
  • Slims and shapes the body
  • Creates a healthier, more youthful appearance
  • Scarring is minimal
  • Recovery is short

Is A Fat Transfer Right For You?

If you experience volume loss in certain parts of your body or face, a fat transfer can contour your buttocks, breasts, lips, cheeks, and underneath the eyes. Using your own fat, a fat transfer enhances your figure and provides a more natural treatment option. Dr. Eagan will not use an implant, which means you won't have an issue with implant rejection. At New Orleans Plastic Surgery, patients who want to undergo fat grafting should be at a healthy weight and have enough fat for the transfer procedure.

How is A Fat Transfer Performed?

At the beginning of your procedure, Dr. Eagan will administer general anesthesia to help you remain comfortable. Before your surgery, we can determine how much fat to remove and where to place it. Next, we perform liposuction with a special cannula to eliminate unwanted fat from your hips, thighs, or stomach. Once the cannula has delicately removed the fat, we place it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge purifies the fat, which prepares it for the syringes. After cleaning the injection site, the fat is transferred into the body or face. We will administer the injections until reaching your desired results. For some patients, they may require multiple injections.

What Results Can I Expect from a Fat Transfer?

After a fat transfer, we take you back to a recovery room for careful monitoring, then send you home to recover. Please remember that you will have two treatment areas on the body, including the fat removal site and the injection site. This means you will need to care for both treatment areas. The recovery process may last longer if we addressed a larger portion of the body. For example, a fat transfer for lip enhancement takes about 1 – 2 days to heal. However, other areas, such as the buttocks or breasts, may take longer. At first, your treatment areas will appear swollen and red, but you can see results almost immediately. You will experience some scarring with this procedure, but our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your incision heals properly. Additionally, your body should appear slimmer because of liposuction. Generally, fat grafting offers great results, but some of the fat will absorb back to the body. To maintain results, patients may need follow-up appointments later down the road. We can help you determine how long your results last and when to schedule your next appointment.

Fat Transfer FAQ

How much does a fat transfer cost?
The cost of a fat transfer procedure depends on several factors. For transfers to the butt or breasts, a higher amount of fat is needed, which requires more time. Dr. Eagan uses surgical liposuction, and it takes her longer to purify the fat and then inject it into the treatment area. Smaller treatments, such as adding facial volume, require less time and fat. During your consultation, Dr. Eagan will determine the volume amount needed to reach your cosmetic goals. Once she has done this, she will create a treatment plan that includes pricing estimates and payment options.

Where can I have fat transferred?
A fat transfer can be performed almost anywhere on your body or face where you want to add volume. A few of the most popular areas are the butt, breasts, hands, and face. A fat transfer might be combined with breast reconstruction or augmentation with implants to fix irregularities. Volume loss caused by aging in the hands and face may also be corrected with fat grafting, especially in the hollows under the eyes or to add shape to your lips.

How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
A fat transfer offers beautiful, effective results that can last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Eagan employs advanced techniques to graft fat, which minimize reabsorption. However, there is generally a certain amount of fat that does not attach to the new location, so Dr. Eagan often adds a little more fat. If you would like to touch up or enhance your appearance after a while, a second fat transfer may be performed.

What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
In your first appointment with Dr. Eagan, she will discuss the amount of fat that is required to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough excess fat to transfer; however, this is usually only a concern if you want a large volume of fat transferred or you have a very low body fat percentage. Fat may be taken from multiple areas if needed or combined with donor fat. Dr. Eagan will discuss all of your options in this appointment.

What happens if I gain or lose weight after a fat transfer?
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight can impact the results of the fat transfer. Fat cells that have been transferred will behave like those in other parts of your body; they can grow or shrink depending on your weight.

Can I exercise after the procedure?
Exercise should generally be avoided for at least 2 – 4 weeks post-procedure to allow for adequate healing. Always consult Dr. Eagan or her team at New Orleans Plastic Surgery for personalized guidance on resuming physical activity.

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If you want to attain fuller lips or fill in facial lines, this treatment may be a great option. Additionally, a fat transfer works great for enhancing the appearance of the breasts and buttocks. This treatment provides many options for adding volume and fullness to the face or body. A fat transfer can help you achieve the look you want without undergoing major surgery, which requires a lengthy recovery. We welcome you to contact our staff and schedule your consultation at New Orleans Plastic Surgery in Louisiana.

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