What Is A Fat Transfer?
When you gain then lose weight, or move through the normal aging process, you may lose shape and fullness in specific body features where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore lost volume is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a fat transfer. This treatment takes fat from one or more areas on your body and moves it into another area that could use additional volume. Fat transfer procedures can be performed on widespread areas, such as the buttocks or breasts, or on delicate and smaller areas, such as the lower eyelid, cheeks, or lips. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz incorporates the most advanced methods for performing fat transfers and will provide you with smooth and beautiful results.
"Highly recommend Dr Hanz! His expertise, professionalism and outgoing personality all add to the experience I received at Dr Hanz office. Dr Hanz did my under eye filler and Qwo for cellulite. Im over the moon with the results I received!! Highly recommend. Best in the business. His coordinator Jackie, Carla and his team made me feel welcome and cared for. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone who wants to look and feel their best!"- M.R. / Google / Aug 19, 2021
"Botox done right! My husband and I tried Botox for the first time and Dr. Hanz was gentle and caring. He let us decide what we wanted and what we were comfortable with. There was no "you should get this, or you need this" - Dr. Hanz is the kind of doctor we all need. I will definitely be going back. Thanks Dr. Hanz!"- T.O. / Google / Dec 19, 2020
"After searching for the perfect doctor to give me my dream body for 3 years I finally found the doctor for me! I got liposuction and a Brazilian butt lift from Doctor Hanz and he absolutely exceeded my expectations. I could not be happier and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone! He did exactly what I asked for and then some. I was nervous about having a fake looking butt and he gave me the most perfect round athletic looking butt. I had a pooch and love handles for the longest time and they are completely gone! All the other doctors I met in the past didn't really seem like they cared, but Dr Hanz listened to me with patience and answered all of my questions thoroughly! I am so grateful I met him and chose him to give me the body I have been wanting for years. The procedure was not under anesthesia and I recovered so quickly. If I could give 100 stars I would!"- D.B. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
"Several years ago, I worked as Director for a medical missions organization. This non-profit sent surgical teams to underdeveloped countries to perform highly specialized procedures. Since the cases were particularly complicated, only the most proficient of surgeons were allowed to operate. I was surprised that a doctor with as little experience as Dr. Hanz (at the time), was selected. The group of plastic surgeons appointed to choose the doctors for each trip, recognized Kevin's exceptional skills at an early stage of his career. Fast forward to now, Dr. Hanz is still way ahead of his peers. He has done all the basics for me and my husband, like skin cancer removal, botox and filler. I am now ready to have him do his magic on my 60 year old face! He is trustworthy."- R.M. / Google / Jun 03, 2020
Am I Right for a Fat Transfer?
Men and women who want to add volume on parts of their body or face that appear hollow, thin, or deflated may be the right candidates for a fat transfer. This treatment is ideal for many because it provides an autologous way to produce results by incorporating your own fat tissue in those hollowed areas. With this method, there is less risk or worry for rejection. Both women and men at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery considering this treatment must be at a healthy weight and have fat to extract for the transfer.
How Does a Fat Transfer Work?
During a fat transfer, you will be placed under some form of anesthesia. The type of sedation varies based on how much fat is being extracted and where it will be placed. Liposuction is performed first using a special cannula to delicately extract your fat where it will then be harvested and separated inside a centrifuge (which preps the healthy fat for syringes). After preparing the injection site, the healthy fat tissue will be inserted into your area of concern. The healthy fat tissue will be injected in layers until Dr. Hanz has reached the desired outcome based on your aesthetic goals.
What Should I Expect After My Fat Transfer?
After the transfer process has been completed, you will go through a healing period. Keep in mind, there are at least two sites on the body affected by this treatment: the fat removal site and injection site. The recovery process may be longer if a larger area on the body was addressed. Each area will appear red and slightly swollen, but the results can be seen pretty quickly. The added bonus is the area where fat was extracted will appear slimmer. Fat transfers yield great results, but there will be some resorption back to the body. For some, a future transfer may be needed down the road. There is almost no scarring associated with this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fat Transfer
How much does a fat transfer cost?
Your cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly based on many factors. In transfers to the breasts or butt, a higher amount of fat is needed, thus liposuction is used, which means a longer process is performed for fat purification and injecting it accordingly. Smaller treatments, such as adding facial volume, require less time and fat. The volume amount required to reach your goals will be discussed in your initial consultation with Dr. Hanz, along with pricing estimates and payment options for you to consider.
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. Some of the most popular areas are the butt, breasts, hands, and face. Talk to Dr. Hanz during your consultation about where you want to add volume so he can develop your custom fat transfer treatment plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
Fat transfers create natural-looking results that can be long-lasting with proper care. If you would like to enhance or touch-up your results after a while, another fat transfer can be performed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Depending on the area where you want to increase fat, there may be alternatives to a fat transfer. Dr. Hanz can discuss all of the various options in your consultation so that you can see the results that best meet your cosmetic goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
During your consultation with Dr. Hanz, he will explain the amount of fat that is needed to achieve your goals. You might not have enough fat to transfer, but this is typically only a problem if you have a very low body fat percentage or you want a large volume of fat added to one area. Fat can be taken from multiple areas or supplemented with donor fat. Dr. Hanz will discuss all of your choices during your consultation.
Take the Natural Approach
If you desire more voluptuous lips or want to fill in hollow areas on your body, this treatment may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer works great for the breasts and buttocks. There are many choices for cosmetic enhancement. This procedure can help you achieve the look you want without a lengthy recovery period. We welcome you to get in touch with our office to schedule your consult at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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