Body Fat TransferBody Fat Transfer: the Best way to Reshape your Body

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have fat only in places that need to be curvy and voluptuous? What used to be mere wishful thinking has now become possible with a cosmetic procedure called Body Fat Transfer. Thanks to the fast paced development in the field of cosmetic surgery, you can now take out fat from undesirably bulky body parts and inject it in places that need extra tissue.

The Body Fat Transfer Treatment has become quite famous in the last few years. With plenty of success stories to tell, this treatment is now one of the most performed surgeries all across America. These procedures are often referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift for buttock augmentation or breast augmentation without implants.

Body Fat Injection Transfer is a delicate procedure that should only be done by a professional and Board Certified Suregon. Hence, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino are both known for their skill in this field. With double degrees in Plastic and General Surgery, both surgeons have award winning careers in cosmetics that have helped thousands of people in New Mexico, Northern Mexico and Southern Texas achieve healthier bodies and consequently, healthier lifestyles.


The Basics About Body Fat Transfer

Before you decide you want to opt for a Body Fat Transfer, it is necessary to understand a few basic concepts regarding this procedure. It is a norm at the Southwest Plastic Surgery Practice for patients coming in for Body Fat Transfers to attend consultation session with Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino.

During these sessions, the surgeons will conduct a thorough medical and physical assessment of your body, pointing out areas that need improvements and those that should not be disturbed. Participating in these session is highly beneficial because it gives you a chance to discuss all reservations and ask queries regarding the process for your peace of mind. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino have been trained by the world famous Mayo Clinic and are, therefore, adept at catering to a patient’s emotional and psychological needs.

The following are the three main areas of concern that will be addressed during the consultation sessions.

How Do Fat Injections Work?

Fat Transfer is a process of removing fat from one part of the body via liposuction and injecting it in another that needs more cushion. In most cases, fat removal is done from areas like the stomach, thighs, flanks, and back and it is injected into the buttocks or breasts that need to be enhanced. Fat injections can also be done in other areas such as the pectoral muscles, biceps, ankles, and calves.

Though fat transfer is one of the most innovative cosmetic surgeries of our time, the process isn’t as simple as picking tissue from here and depositing them there! Between the extraction and injection stages, the surgeon ‘grafts’ the fatty tissue i.e. processes them to purify and cleanse before putting them back.

A fat transfer procedure is highly effective. However, contrary to popular opinion, fat that is now shaped and sculpted inside the body holds its weight for the rest of its lifespan instead of being wasted, so the results are permanent.

Thinking of a fat transfer as a combination of techniques like Fat Reduction + Breast Lift wouldn’t be wrong. In essence, this procedure is an amalgamation of many lifting and reduction techniques so that multiple treatments can be completed as one.

Where Do Fat Injections Work?

Body Fat Transfers are delicate procedures that should only be performed by Board Certified doctors. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Experience and special training are needed to determine which parts of the body would have beneficial fat grafts. These parts include the Breasts, the Face (especially eyes, lips and chin) and the Buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift). Essentially, any area of the body that would benefit from volume increase can be injected. at injections can also be done in other areas such as the pectoral muscles, biceps, ankles, chin, jaw, and calves.

To make a fat graft repair grow and sustain itself, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino can combine it with special Protein Rich Plasma Injections. This potion is a mixture of various proteins that help incorporate newly injected fat into the body together with rejuvenating the skin and surrounding muscle.

How Long Do Fat Injections Last?

Fat transfer injections are a permanent way to enhance some body parts and reduce the size of others. It is true that many fat cells die once injected; this percentage is usually very small compared to the percentage of fatty tissues that actually stay in place and hold their position for good. The fat take rate is between 50 and 80 percent. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino will usually over-inject in volume taking into account the amount of fat loss.

Fat transfer is in no way temporary. It does not fade away with time nor does it lead to ‘fat slipping’ from the desired body parts.

Because of the calculated need for extra injections, together with estimating the percentage that will be lost, the importance of having a fully equipped medical facility and a professional Plastic Surgeon can never be emphasized enough.

Preparing & Recovering from Fat Grafting

Preparing for and recovering from the surgery are phases that will be discussed thoroughly during the consultation sessions arranged by Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino. Generally speaking, fat transfer injections are outpatient procedures that take only a few hours to complete. The surgeons prefer to keep patients in recovery for a while so that their progress can be watched closely.

Nonetheless, some preparation before the surgery is imperative so that your experience is as pain and hassle free as possible.

  • Avoid doing strenuous work right after surgery. Activities like driving and exercising would be restricted. Therefore, arrange for a friend or family member to help you get home after the surgery.
  • Take some time off from work so that incisions heal and body soreness subsides.
  • If you are a chain smoker, try to quit smoking before the fat transfer because smoking increases the chances of blood clots and strokes.
  • Store up on ice packs and prescription medication beforehand to make post surgery recovery easy and hassle free.
  • During the consultation sessions, you will be asked to choose between general or local anesthesia. Make this choice wisely with your surgeon, keeping in mind your tolerance for pain, recovery time and the extent of fat reduction and injection needed.
  • Fat injections are administered via small incisions; therefore, your body parts may feel sore and sensitive for a few days following the surgery. Make sure you have ample time to rest and recover.
  • Limit social obligations for as long as possible because it takes time for the body to get back in proportion the way you have always wanted.
  • Recovery after a Brazilian Butt Lift should include limited sitting. It is recommended that you try not to sit for two weeks. You may lay on your back or sides and stand as much as desired or tolerated.

Can A Body Fat Transfer Result In Complications?

Risks and side effects are part and parcel of every surgical procedure, although a Body Fat Transfer is generally well tolerated. During the consultation sessions with your surgeon at Southwest Plastic Surgery, you will be given all kinds of information regarding this cosmetic procedure, including the side effects that may result from it.

Because it is every patient’s right to make an educated decision regarding a surgery, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino believe in keeping the patient ‘in’ on every little detail. Hence, the following risks and complications will be disclosed to you before surgery.

  • Disappearing fat tissue.
  • Formation of lumps.
  • Appearance of potential scars.
  • Rippled or textured areas that have lost fat.
  • Superficial infections.
  • Asymmetry of the areas receiving fat.
  • Fat Atrophy.
  • Formation of cysts or nodules.

While these complications are rare, it is always a good idea to consult the surgeons and discuss your lifestyle needs with them to make sure no discrepancy arises later on.

What is the Cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift or Body Fat Transfer Surgery?

Unlike many other cosmetic procedures, the cost of a Body Fat Transfer cannot be given out as a standard figure. Because there are a number of factors to consider. A body fat transfer is usually done after a thorough analysis of the shape, size and structure of a patient’s body.

The cost of a body fat transfer varies depending on where the fat is injected. For instance, if you want fat to be injected into your breasts or buttocks to make them fuller and rounder, this procedure can cost anywhere between $5,500 – $8,000. On the other hand, if the scale of the transfer is comparatively smaller, say to the face, the procedure may cost as little as $1,500.

Moreover, this cost also depends on the kind of anesthesia chosen, the amount of fat to be injected, the combination procedures chosen, the number of sessions needed to complete the process and the decision to include or exclude PRP injections with the fat.

The cost of Body Fat Transfer includes the fee charged by a trained and experienced Plastic Surgeon, expenses related to anesthesia and other medical supplies and the cost of using a fully equipped medical facility. Before making up your mind about a fat transfer surgery, make sure you attend the consultation session with Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino to discuss the cost and other aspects of the surgery.