Fat transfer and liposuction are both cosmetic surgery procedures that aim to help you contour your body and get the look you want. There are many reasons to do this, but the primary one is to improve self-esteem and body image so that you feel good about what you see in the mirror. The procedure that is right for you might be different than the one that is ideal for another patient so understanding the difference is important and the experts here at Venice Beach Surgical Center are here to help. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Fat Grafting?
Also called fat transfer, fat grafting is the process of taking fat from one area of the body and moving it to another. The goal is to slim areas that need it, while also enhancing parts of the body that need a bit more fullness or volume. Small cannulas are used to remove the fat from certain body parts, where it is then cleaned and used as a filler in other areas. The most common areas where fat grafting is performed are the face, buttocks, and breasts.
What is Liposuction?
The purpose of liposuction is to remove unwanted fat from the body. This helps contour your shape so you can get the figure you want. It’s especially ideal for creating the hourglass shape that so many women want. Liposuction is not designed for weight loss but can help you get rid of stubborn fat that isn’t responding to your weight loss efforts. Liposuction is most often performed on the waist, flanks, hips, bra roll, and thighs. It can also be done in other areas, such as the buttocks and upper arms.
Can I Get Liposuction and Fat Grafting Done at the Same Time?
It’s actually quite common to have both fat grafting and liposuction done at the same time. That’s because the combination of both is often used to create the body contouring that you are looking for. Typically, the two are performed in certain combinations. That includes a facelift with fat grafting or removing fat from the waist and hips and transferring it to the buttocks and breasts to create an hourglass shape. Fat transfer is a good choice if you want to remove unwanted fat from some body parts but want to add volume to other body parts.
Who is a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer and Liposuction?
A good candidate for fat transfer and liposuction is one who is good overall health without any bleeding disorders. If you smoke, you need to let your surgeon know as this can lead to complications and may eliminate you from the treatment. You also need to have realistic expectations of the results of the procedure. Have a look at our before and after photos to get an idea of what you expect to see after fat transfer and/or liposuction.
If you want to know more about fat transfer, call Venice Beach Surgical Center today for all the information you need.