Fat Transfer – How Long Does it Last?

how long does fat transfer last

Fat Transfer is a wonderful way to use excess fat to restore youthful volume to the face, hands, breasts, and body naturally. The terms Fat Transfer – also known as Autologous Fat Transfer and Fat Grafting – refers to the process of taking fat from a donor area, purifying it, then injecting it into a targeted area to build youthful fullness. Because Fat Transfer is one of the trickier cosmetic procedures, the key to successful, long-term results is selecting the right surgeon. Only a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and artistic talent will be able to provide the youthful appearance you desire.


First, fat from the donor sites must be collected in a way that keeps most of the cells alive and unharmed. Like a typical liposuction procedure, fat cells are extracted with a thin cannula, expect with Fat Transfer procedures, suction and pressure is applied very slowly and gently, to protect the cells.


Next, the fat is processed to separate the good, living cells from all the other parts extracted. At Belcara Health, our surgeons use a centrifugation process in which the cells are spun a high speed – proven to be the most effective method of eliminating unwanted excess fluids and dead cells.


Then, your surgeon will apply the purified fat to the areas targeted for enhancement. Again, the technique, experience, and skill of the surgeon are critical to the success of your results. Fat cells must be injected with low pressure and in small amounts so that they can connect with the surrounding tissues and establish a blood supply quickly.

Surgeons often slightly overfill the targeted area because it is normal for a certain percentage of cells to not survive. After about six months, the fat cells remaining should be enduringly established and last a lifetime. It is important to remember that time does march on and you will continue to age. Patients may want to consider additional treatments to continue looking youthful.


Finally, it is important to protect the fat cells after they have been injected by minimizing swelling. For breast and body enhancement procedures, supportive garments should be worn for at least four weeks. For facial enhancement procedures, we recommend patients sleep on their back with their head elevated. Cool compresses and anti-inflammatory medications are also very helpful in the prevention of swelling.

It is critical that each step of the procedure is performed with great care. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Belcara Health have the experience, expertise and artistic talent to help you achieve the naturally enhanced, more youthful appearance you desire.

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