Many people are surprised to learn that using liposuction for the purpose of transplanting fat (fat transfer) was first used over 100 years ago. A female patient had a tumor removed from her cheek and it left a hollow space. The surgeon believed he could safely fill the area with the patient’s own natural tissue to improve the appearance. Today the same ideas about fat transfer have become far more refined; patients can now use their own fat to fill in areas of their body where they cannot gain volume on their own or in areas where they have lost fat due to weight loss, aging, etc. Patients are very happy to learn they can enjoy the results of losing volume in unwanted areas and gain volume in areas they desire more fullness. The combination of liposuction and fat transfer can provide very rewarding results.
Liposuction is the surgical process of removing unwanted fat through small incisions and using an instrument called a cannula. Popular areas for fat removal include; abdomen, hips, upper and lower back, upper arms, and thighs. Fat transfer is the process of taking the removed fat and injecting it through a very small needle into the areas where volume is desired. A great majority of patients choose to have fat transfer to their face at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, Ca. This is typically the case when patients have lost volume due to aging or weight loss. Fat can be injected in the cheeks, lower eyes, upper eyes, forehead, temple, nasal labial folds, and even in areas around the mouth. The result is a more youthful appearance and improved quality of the skin. Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter are both seeing a growing demand in Newport Beach, CA. of fat transfer to the breasts, buttocks, and even the hands. To determine if you are a candidate for these procedures, it is important to meet with a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon, who has experience performing both liposuction and fat transfer. Please visit our website Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery to learn more about these procedures or to schedule a complimentary consultation in our Newport Beach office.