About Fat Transfers
When a man or woman has weight fluctuations or moves through the normal aging process, they lose natural roundness and shape in specific body areas where volume once resided. A terrific way to restore volume that has been lost is through an advanced cosmetic technique known as a fat transfer. A fat transfer extracts fat from a place on the body and injects it into a specific place that could benefit from additional volume. Fat transfer procedure can be performed on widespread areas, such as the breasts or on more delicate and smaller areas, such as the laugh lines, lips, cheeks, or under the eyelids. Fat transfers are often chosen when an individual hopes to have a natural enhancement rather than using a device, such as an implant or a substance, such as a filler. Seasoned plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas are skilled at using the most advanced liposuction and grafting methods for performing fat transfers. This cosmetic enhancement at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa creates appealing, natural-looking outcomes. Call our office in Santa Rosa, CA to learn more.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
Men and women who wish to have more smoothness and volume in specific places on the face or body that appear flat may be appropriate candidates for a fat transfer. This specialized enhancement is even more desired because it provides an autologous way to produce results by incorporating the patient's fat tissue. By doing this, there is less risk or concern for rejection. Both women and men at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa considering this procedure need to be at a certain weight and have fat to extract for the transfer.
When undergoing a fat transfer, you will be put under the appropriate kind of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia or numbing method will depend on how much fat tissue is being taken out, including the area where it will be placed. A form of liposuction is completed using a special cannula to precisely extract the fat so it can be harvested and separated inside a centrifuge (which preps the highest quality fat for syringes). After prepping the injection site, the extracted fat will be transferred into the area chosen for the transfer. The process of injecting is completed in layers until the desired outcome has been attained. For some areas, numerous injections will be necessary.
What to Expect
After the transfer process has been completed, you will begin a healing phase. Remember, there are two different areas on the body that need to be carefully treated: the area involving liposuction and the injection sites. The recovery process may be longer if a larger place on the body was addressed. As an example, a fat transfer for lip augmentation will typically only warrant a 1 – 2-day healing period. Whereas a transfer to a more vast body part, such as the butt or breasts, can take many more days. Each area will appear swollen with some possible bruising, but the outcomes can be noticed almost immediately. Another perk is the area where liposuction was used will look slimmer. Fat grafting yields beautiful and lasting outcomes, but there will be some fat that reabsorbs back into the body. In some patients, another transfer may be necessary later on. There is almost no scarring that is noticeable with this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a fat transfer cost?
Fat transfer prices will vary based on many factors. In fat transfers to the breasts or butt, a larger amount of fat is required so surgical liposuction is used, which means a lengthier process is employed for fat purification and then grafted where needed. Smaller fat transfers, like those to the face and hands, require less time and fat. The amount of volume required to achieve your needs and goals will be reviewed in your initial consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, along with estimates of cost and payment methods we accept.
Where can I have fat transferred?
A fat transfer can be performed on most areas of your body or face where you want to add shape or rejuvenate your skin. A few of the most popular areas are the butt (typically called the Brazilian butt lift), breasts, hands, and face. Fat grafting might be performed with breast reconstruction or augmentation with implants to minimize imperfections. Volume loss caused by aging in the hands and face may also be improved with fat grafting, especially to add shape to your lips or in the hollow under your eyes. Tell Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas in your initial consultation where you want to make improvements so they can develop your personal fat transfer plan.
How long will the results of a fat transfer last?
The results of a fat transfer will look natural and can be long-lasting with proper care. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas employ advanced methods to graft fat, which limits reabsorption. Although there is generally a certain amount of fat that doesn't graft to the new area, we often transfer a little more fat. If you would like to touch-up or enhance your appearance after a while, another fat transfer can be discussed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Based on the area where you want to increase fat, you may have an alternate option to a fat graft. In your breasts or butt, implants may be surgically placed rather than a fat transfer. In your hand and face, Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa offers multiple injectable dermal fillers for long-term volume and rejuvenation. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will explain all of your choices in your first appointment so you can see the results that meet your goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a transfer?
At your first appointment, we will explain the amount of fat that is required to meet your goals. You might not have enough fat to transfer; however, this is usually only a concern if you want a large volume of fat transferred or you have a very low body fat percentage. Fat may be taken from several areas or combined with donor fat. We will explain your choices in this appointment.
Take the Natural Approach
If you are looking to get more voluptuous lips or want to soften hollow areas or lines, this procedure may be a great option. Furthermore, a fat transfer is an outstanding option for the buttocks or breasts. This treatment offers many choices for adding volume and fullness. This treatment can help you to achieve the look you wish for without choosing to undergo a major surgery that might require a long recovery. We welcome you to get in touch with our staff to make your consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa.