When volume is needed for the face, breasts, or buttocks, fat transfer can be an excellent option. Not only is this procedure less invasive than conventional plastic surgery, but the results also look very natural. In addition, fat transfer may accomplish a secondary benefit of slimming and sculpting the donor regions when it is combined with liposuction.
How the Fat Transfer Procedure Works
The fat transfer procedure begins with liposuction. With the patient under general anesthesia, Dr. Shuster will create small incisions where fat is being removed — usually the stomach, thighs, or flanks. These incisions are quite small. Dr. Shuster will place them in the most inconspicuous manner possible.
A tumescent solution will be administered to numb the area and reduce bruising, and a thin cannula will then be inserted into the incisions to break up the fat and remove it from the body. The cannula is a long, thin tube connected to a high-suction machine. Once the fat is removed from the body, it will be purified and placed inside either a syringe or a cannula so it can be injected as a filler to areas of the face, breasts, or buttocks to add more volume. Dr. Shuster uses meticulous placement and even distribution of the injections, so the majority of fat cells all have a good chance to survive.
It takes a special level of skill, diligence, patience, and dedication to achieve a viable fat transfer, which is why Dr. Shuster is an excellent surgeon for this procedure.