Fat Transfer with Dr. Michael Mirzabeigi at Atlanta Plastic Surgery
Fat transfer (or fat grafting, as it is sometimes called) is one of the most useful & effective tools that plastic surgeons have for safely achieving natural-looking results. During this procedure, I remove fat from one part of the body (the “donor site”) via liposuction, purify it, and transfer it to a part of the body where it is more desired (such as the face, buttocks, breasts, scarred areas, etc.). This technique has a variety of cosmetic & reconstructive applications, as well as the added benefit of reducing fat in the donor site while simultaneously improving the appearance of the surgical site.
If you are interested in fat transfer or any of the procedures I perform, contact me, Dr. Michael Mirzabeigi, to schedule a consultation with me at our Atlanta, Cumming, or Canton location.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer:
Are fat transfer procedures safe?
While there is some chance of complications involved with surgery of any kind, modern techniques & technology have helped make plastic surgery exceedingly safe. This applies especially to fat transfer. Using the patient’s native biological tissue, as opposed to using artificial implants, virtually eliminates the risk that the body will reject the transferred tissue. This risk is extremely slight with artificial implants, but it’s essentially nonexistent with fat transfer. Furthermore, fat transfer is less invasive than many other types of plastic surgery, though it does involve at least two tiny incisions (one at the donor site, where fat is removed via liposuction, and another at the main surgical site).
Am I a good candidate for fat transfer?
Because fat transfer can be used for a wide variety of specific procedures, your suitability may vary depending on the details of your surgery. As for the fat transfer aspect of your procedure, good candidates for liposuction are generally also suitable for fat transfer. This means having firm, elastic skin, good muscle tone, and being at or near your target weight at the time of your surgery. Furthermore, because fat transfer requires a store of fat in the patient’s body, eligible patients must have a sufficient amount of fat to transfer to the main surgical area. For any type of plastic surgery procedure, it is important to be a nonsmoker, be in reasonably good health, have the time & resources necessary for a complete recovery, and have realistic, well-articulated expectations.
How is fat transfer most commonly used?
Fat transfer can be extremely useful in a wide variety of procedures all over the body, but it is most commonly used to enhance or reconstruct the face, breasts, and buttocks (like in the popular Brazilian butt lift). Whether fat transfer can and/or should be used depends on a patient’s unique body type, goals, & preferences.