Manish Shah, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

101 University Blvd Ste #220, Denver, CO 80206 | 720-575-1600
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Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) - Denver, CO*

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Overview

When certain areas of the body are lacking in volume, fat can be transferred from other areas to fill out these deficiencies without the use of implants or foreign substances. This procedure is known as a fat transfer, or skin grafting, and is performed by Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah. Dr. Shah typically uses this procedure on the lips, face, breasts and buttocks to achieve the patient’s desired goal. With fat transfer, liposuction is used to remove the fat from one or more areas and then the fat is purified prior to redistribution. The final outcome is dependent upon the patient’s goals, but overall, there’s an improved, natural and realistic-looking appearance.

Surgical Technique

During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. An antibiotic solution is used which allows for a complete separation of the fat so that only healthy tissue is used for reinjection. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.

During/After Surgery

Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted. 

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Recovery Time  
1 week
Average Procedure Time  
1 hour
Post-op Follow-up  
1-4 weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
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Fat Transfer FAQs

How Long do the Results Last?

A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. There is an ongoing research study that promises long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues, which involves Platelet Rich Plasma to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.

Loss of Volume?

When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results (i.e., lip enhancement), this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.

What About Scarring?

Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing. 

Other Treatments?

For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkle problems, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid. For long-term results, patients may consider PMMA, an injectable filler that offers a semi-permanent solution. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

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