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    Surgical Fat Transfer in Irvine, California

    A fat transfer also referred to as a fat grafting procedure or a fat injection is a surgical procedure that moves fat from one area of the body to another. Many people have certain areas of their bodies that are more rounded than they would like, while other areas appear hollow. Almost any area of the body can be treated by a fat transfer. The surgical team at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic most commonly removes fat from the outer thighs, abdomen, hips, or back and injects it into the face, hands, breasts, or butt. This procedure uses the same technique as a fat transfer. 

    Dr. Qazi normally recommends a fat transfer for patients who want natural and longer lasting results… A fat transfer at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic is one of the best ways to smooth out lumps and bumps, address sunkenness in the face, contour the body into a more desirable shape, and rejuvenate the hands. 

    Fat Transfer – Frequently Asked Questions

    A good candidate for a fat transfer is anyone who has excess body fat in some areas and sunkenness in others. If the hands, face, breasts, or butt have lost volume, then a fat transfer can correct it and fill out those areas. Candidates should have good overall health, realistic expectations of the results, and the ability to take time off work for the recovery.

    A fat transfer can correct signs of aging in the face and hands by reversing the appearance of sunkenness. With age, it is normal for the face and hands to lose volume. This can create a skeletal appearance that makes patients look older and less alert. A fat transfer moves fat from other areas of the body to fill in and provide volume in the face or hands. 

    The procedure is also ideal for achieving a more desirable body shape. A fat transfer is perfect for contouring the body to accentuate the butt and breasts, while reducing the size of areas like the abdomen and thighs.

    Almost any area of the body is safe for a fat transfer. For an area of the body to be the “donor area,” it needs to have an excess of fat cells. The treatment area can be almost anywhere on the body. Donor areas most commonly include: the abdomen, thighs, hips, back, or upper arms. The treatment area can be the face, neck, hands, breasts, butt, or sides of the hips to correct “hip dips.”

    A fat transfer is generally preferred by patients who want to contour their bodies and restore volume to their faces. The results are longer lasting and it uses the body’s own materials to create volume. Because the procedure uses natural fat, there is also a reduced risk of having an allergic reaction to the filler.

    However, a fat transfer is a surgical procedure, which carries greater risks and a longer recovery time than the procedure for dermal fillers does. To learn which procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nadir Qazi.

    First, liposuction is used to remove extra fat cells from the donor area of the body. Then, the surgeon will re-inject those fat cells into the treatment area. Most patients can expect between 75 and 80% of the fat cells to be successfully absorbed. Follow-up procedures may be necessary if an inadequate amount of fat cells are absorbed.

    The results of a fat transfer are long-lasting, but not permanent in all cases. It may take multiple procedures to achieve the desired volume. Lifestyle changes like aging, weight gain, and pregnancy can affect the shape of the face and body. as well as the appearance of the treated area. The best way to maintain the results is to stick to a healthy lifestyle, avoid weight fluctuations, avoid sun damage, and follow a consistent skin care routine. For patients who properly care for themselves, the results of the fat transfer can be permanent.

    Patients are instructed to quit smoking and stop taking certain medications. Patients will also need to avoid blood thinning medications and herbal supplements because these can cause excessive bruising and bleeding.

    Immediately after the procedure, some discomfort and swelling is normal.A cold compress may be helpful to decrease the swelling and discomfort on the first day. 

    For most patients, the swelling subsides by the 3rd day. A majority of patients are almost completely healed by the 10th day. It can take a few months to see the final results. To achieve more volume in the treatment area, a follow-up procedure may be necessary.

    Very few patients experience adverse side effects during and after a fat transfer, especially when the surgery is performed by an experienced surgical team. Some possible risks and side effects include: symmetry, other shape irregularities, excess bleeding, changes to sensation, infection, fat embolism, and damage to nerves.

    The visibility and size of the scars will depend on which area of the body fat cells are taken from. A majority of patients do not have visible scars after a fat transfer. Any scarring will be light, barely noticeable, and only on the donor area, not the treatment area.

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