Living Fat Transfer
Move Volume to Where It’s Needed at Our Dover, Ohio, Practice
For anyone who has ever wished they could slim down one part of their body while gaining volume to another, there is living fat transfer. Ohio-based plastic surgeon Dr. David Hartman uses this sophisticated procedure to harvest living-fat cells from areas where they are plentiful—such as the abdomen or thighs—then introduce them to areas where an increase is desired such as breasts, face, and gluteal area (buttocks).
This body procedure requires significant skill since the fat cells must be treated gently throughout every stage of the procedure, from removal to refining to implantation, so the fat grafting remains viable and healthy. Dr. Hartman is experienced in the delicate techniques necessary for successful fat transfer, using it to add volume to beautify breasts, face, and buttocks as desired.
What are the Benefits of a Living Fat Transfer?
We understand that many people are looking for a natural way to achieve their desired results, which is why we offer a living fat transfer as an alternative to solutions like implants. Some benefits of this procedure include:
- Living fat cells are more likely to survive and thrive in their new location
- Since the fat is coming from your own body, there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction
- Can be used to target multiple areas in one surgery
- Results are long-lasting and continue to improve over time
Am I A Candidate For A Living Fat Transfer?
Ideal patients for a living fat transfer include people who:
- Are at their ideal weight
- Want to treat visibly hollow or deflated facial or body sections
- Are seeking a natural alternative to cosmetic injectable fillers
- Desire to minimize fat in a certain region and promote volume in another place
- Have sufficient body fat to harvest for transfer
Throughout your appointment, Dr. Hartman will review your aesthetic concerns and desires to find out if this procedure would be suitable for your needs.
How Does Fat Transfer Work?
No matter a patient’s ultimate aesthetic goals, our basic steps of fat transfer are similar.
Dr. Hartman uses tumescent, high-definition liposuction for fat transfer procedures, which involves the introduction of a sterile anesthetizing solution to the tummy area, thigh areas, and/or love handles are—the areas from which the living fat is to be sculpted out. At this point, tiny, carefully placed (to be hidden by swimwear) incisions are made for the insertion of a very narrow, specialized tube-shaped wand called a cannula. The BeautiFill laser living-fat harvesting device is used to optimize the harvesting. Using a gentle back and forth motion and the fat-harvesting laser, fat is sculpted free with the wand and drawn into a special wash/filter receptacle. Great care must be taken to preserve the integrity of the harvested fat cells.
Once successfully harvested by tumescent, high-definition liposuction, the fat cells are purified—a process that removes other fluids so that only the cells remain. These cells are then strategically injected in multiple layers into areas where more lift and volume are desired, such as for beautification of the breasts or buttocks or face. Because the tissue is your own, allergies and tissue rejection are not a concern. Your body welcomes its own cells, which should soon become established in their new home. Since they are living, they provide a stable, natural-looking boost.
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Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation
While many women may associate breast augmentation with artificial implants, living fat transfer is a natural and effective alternate solution, especially for patients who want a modest increase—typically up to one cup size larger. It is also an ideal option for women who simply don’t want artificial implants or who have limited breast tissue to begin with, which could limit a surgeon’s ability to create a pocket to hold the implant.
Dr. Hartman offers only fat transfer—no implants—for augmenting breasts, drawing on his years of experience and artistic eye to introduce fat cells with precision to create a look of naturally fuller, shapelier breasts. Note that this procedure adds volume, form, and projection, but addresses the sagging of breasts to only a modest extent. More severe breast sagging is better corrected with a breast lift in addition to the fat transfer. Minimal-incision breast lift options can also be done with your fat transfer—this can be discussed at your consultation.
Fat Transfer for Buttock Augmentation
Known as a Brazilian butt lift, buttock augmentation with fat transfer involves adding volume to your backside, primarily to accomplish two things: to give your “rear view” a rounder, fuller, more athletic-looking projection, and to correct mild to moderate sagging. Buttocks can develop a deflated look over time, which is correctable with the introduction of viable fat cells.
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"I am a 36 year old mom of 4 boys before meeting with Dr. Hartman my body, self confidence, and mental health were destroyed and I was dependent on 3 medications for depression/anxiety. I am currently on ZERO!! Let me tell you, Dr Hartman and staff at Fine Arts Skin and Laser are hands down simply Amazing! I went in for my consult very skeptical, scared, and ashamed of my body, but I came out with my self confidence boosted, a load of knowledge, and ended up scheduling my surgery a week later. I had my procedure at the end of that month--high def lipo in multiple areas (inner thighs, abdomen, love handles, bra roll, & under chin) living fat transfer, tummy tuck, and laser hair removal all on surgery day. Since surgery I have had lymphatic drainage massages, laser scar removal, Jeuveau, lip filler, Opus Plasma laser, and henna brows just to name a few and I couldn't be happier with my results (physical and mental). Dr H. and staff were awesome and answered all of my questions- good, bad, and ugly and made me feel comfortable, they were very upfront with me and told me all of the risks (every surgery has risks). They informed me that my body may reject some of the fat transfer, and that my stomach may end up with "cones" on my sides from the tummy tuck healing. I love how honest they were, and didn't sugar coat anything. Dr H and staff are real, upfront, honest and my kind of people. From the bottom of my heart thank you guys, thank you for giving me my confidence and my life back."- B.B. / Google / Nov 03, 2022
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Recovering After Fat Transfer
Both the donor and recipient areas will be somewhat sore in the days following the fat transfer, and some bruising and swelling will be apparent. However, patients are asked to resume light activity the very next day. Most of our clients return to their job/daily routines by the 2nd or 3rd day after the procedure. A full return to strenuous exercise and work should generally wait until 2 or 3 weeks have passed.
Because fat transfer involves several tiny incision sites—within 12 inches of where the fat is harvested, as well as near the areas where the fat is added back—Dr. Hartman works to disguise the tiny incision sites in natural creases, folds, and lines on the body where they will be hidden by swimwear to be only negligibly noticeable. Although the incisions are minimal and well hidden, we routinely treat them in the follow-up visit(s) with an incision-blending laser to further help make them be indistinguishable in most cases.
Fat Transfer Cost
Every fat transfer package is unique, so cost is best determined after an initial consultation with Dr. Hartman. Factors that impact cost include the scope of fat reduction and locations targeted for fat transfer. Fat transfer procedures are frequently combined with eyelid rejuvenation, brow-lifting, and/or face-lifting packaging to further reduce overall recovery times and pricing. Body liposculpting from 1 to 7 areas with living-fat transfer to 1-4 areas range from $6800 to $15,000 - which may also include a tummy tuck.
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