What areas can you get fat transferred to?
The beauty of BeautiFill is that it can be used on basically any area of the body or face. For facial treatments, your cells can be injected at the temples, chin, beneath the eyes, used for cheek enhancement, or to fill in laugh lines or other facial areas as needed. For body treatments, more extensive areas, including the buttocks, can be given a rounded lift. Additionally, breasts can be enhanced, although the results will be more subtle than a full augmentation. Surprisingly, one of the most common areas patients wants to be treated is the hands, as they are one of the first areas of the body to show age apart from the face. With BeautiFill, they can be restored to a more youthful appearance. Here is a closer look at how long fat transfers work in commonly treated areas:
Just like any fat transfer procedure, some of the fat that is extracted will not survive. This typically happens within the first few days and will be absorbed by the body in the first few weeks. However, it’s much easier to predict how much fat will survive thanks to developing technologies, making results more predictable. In general, patients can expect about 70 – 80 percent of the transferred fat cells to survive, though this can vary. It is essential to follow your surgeon’s guidelines carefully to ensure the best chance for fat cell survival. This includes sleeping on your back for at least six weeks and avoiding direct pressure to the breasts, which could cause the fat cells to die.
Once the transferred fat cells have established themselves with new blood vessels, they should be considered viable indefinitely, making the final results of your procedure permanent once the healing process is complete. However, it should be noted that the size of fat cells can change over time, particularly with a significant weight fluctuation. This is why patients are typically advised to avoid a fat transfer to the breasts until they have reached a healthy, stable weight. In addition, significant weight gains or losses such as pregnancy can compromise the long-term results.
Buttock augmentation with fat grafting requires several weeks of recovery, but the amount of fat that survives is primarily related to your post-surgical care. Meaning, your actions during the first three weeks will directly impact your butt lift results. Make sure you follow all of our plastic surgeon’s instructions while you heal and avoid long sessions of sitting, squatting, or stretching. In addition, you’ll want to stay away from any strenuous activities to prevent putting pressure on the area.
With new technology like BeautiFill, most of the fat will survive the transfer. Then during the initial three or four days following your Brazilian Butt Lift, your body will supply blood to the grafted fat, providing nutrients to ensure maximum fat survival. Most of the transferred fat will merge with the surrounding tissues, but your body will naturally absorb some of the fat up to six weeks after your procedure. The absorption is natural and unavoidable. The fat that survives is permanent, just like the existing fatty tissues in your buttocks. Maintaining your look will be dependent on living a healthy lifestyle.
People often wonder about the length of time they can enjoy the results of a fat transfer to the hips. It’s important to understand that all living tissue needs a blood supply that carries oxygen to survive. Although with new technology like BeautiFill, there is a higher survival rate of fat during the transfer process, final results are dependent on the environment they are transferred to. As new circulation forms, and those fat cells will continue to survive in their new environment. It’s important to note that there is always some resorption of fat after a transfer. With BeautiFill, that percentage is lower than with traditional methods. However, it’s still recommended that patients rest and avoid pressure to this area 4-6 weeks after the fat transfer. Once the transfer and healing period is complete, many people enjoy the results of a fat transfer surgery to the hips for many years, provided they maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As mentioned above, facial fat transfers are permanent, so the results in the face will be noticeable for several years. However, a fat transfer surgery does not protect you from future aging, and as we age, we often lose fat in the face. So while a fat transfer can minimize your current signs of aging, patients should expect to see results diminish slightly over time.