Fat Grafting involves harvesting fat cells from a donor region, preferably one with an ample amount of excess fat, sterilizing them, and then injecting them into other regions of the body. Whether transferred into the face, breasts, or other areas, patients stand to benefit greatly from fat grafting In Maryland.

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Who is an ideal candidate for the procedure?

In order for patients to be candidates for the procedure, they must have an adequate amount of fat in other regions of the body. Fat is most often harvested from areas such as the hips, stomach, thighs, or flanks. If the patient doesn’t have enough excess fat to be harvested, Dr. Cappuccino may make other recommendations that will enable patients to achieve their desired look another way. As with all of his procedures, Dr. Cappuccino always conducts a comprehensive assessment during the consultation to ensure that fat grafting is a safe option for the patient. 

What is fat grafting?

There are multiple reasons that a patient will seek out fat grafting. Some are looking to improve the size of their breasts or their butt. Others are looking to address volume loss in various areas of the face. Fat grafting, otherwise known as fat transferring, is a procedure that enables patients to create these changes using their own body fat. As a result, patients get to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and experience a slimming effect in one area of the body while simultaneously achieving a boost in volume in the transfer site.

Many patients prefer to take the route of fat transfers simply because it is a natural approach to achieving enhancements. Fat grafting procedures can help both in rejuvenating and enhancing (augmenting) various areas of the body. Dr. Cappuccino gives all of his patients ample information regarding the treatment and potential donor sites during the private consultation. 

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What does the fat transfer procedure entail?

Fat grafting is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure and usually takes only 30-60 minutes to carry out. During the treatment session, small incisions are made in the donor sites (typically the belly, thighs, hips, or flanks). A small, thin tube (cannula) is then inserted and suctions out excess fat. These fat cells are then put in a centrifuge for purification and sterilization before being administered strategically into the desired treatment areas. 

In regard to the purification process, Dr. Cappuccino utilizes the Puregraft system for small and medium-sized fat transfers that are intended to address volume loss. In cases where he needs to create nanofat, Dr. Cappuccino utilizes other filtration systems, such as the Puregraft Boost or the Adinizer. 

The Puregraft system is designed to remove impurities from the harvested fat. These substances may include wetting solution (which is used during the harvest process), oil, broken fat cells, and red and white blood cells.  The Puregraft system enables the practitioner to protect the fat before transfer, attain the desired fat graft consistency, and prepare the harvested fat in the fat transfer device. 

The Adinizer relies on a process known as micronization, which involves separating and reducing the size of fat globules in order to create a firmer structure (the ideal conditions for a breast fat transfer). In other cases it can make the fat content softer, smoother, and more malleable, which is ideal for injection into areas such as the lips and eyes. 

What areas can be addressed with a fat grafting procedure?

Fat grafts can be employed in multiple areas of the body, including the face, breasts, and buttocks. 

Facial fat grafting can have incredible benefits for the eyelids, cheeks, midface, temples, lips, smile lines, nasolabial folds, and other areas. Facial fat grafting procedures aim to fill hollows under eyes, smooth out fine lines, restore lost volume in the cheeks, and increase lip fullness.

Another common treatment area is the breasts. Breast fat transfer is designed to increase breast volume and improve breast contours, giving the patient a more aesthetically appealing silhouette. Breast fat transfer can be carried out either alone or in combination with a breast lift procedure. Fat can be transferred either by itself or alongside implants to achieve the patient’s desired look. 

Fat grafting is also a great treatment for scars, as it can treat depressed scars and soften any unwanted contours across the entire body.  

Dr. Cappuccino tailors every fat transfer treatment plan to address the patient’s specific concerns. Fat grafts can also be incorporated into other surgical procedures as a way to achieve more pronounced enhancements. 

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What are the benefits of fat grafting procedures?

  • Removes unwanted fat from the donor sites 
  • Makes the cheeks, temples, and lips look more youthful 
  • Enhances the patient’s breasts or gluteal region (butt)
  • Natural results that are aesthetically appealing 
  • A minimally invasive procedure 
  • Gives patients a boost in self-confidence 
  • The results are longer lasting than with other procedures 
  • A great alternative option to fillers and implants 

What should I expect after a fat transfer procedure?

Following the procedure, there is usually a quick recovery with very mild discomfort. It is normal for patients to experience some mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness in both the donor and transfer sites during this time. Patients will be fitted with a compression garment which must be worn to help mitigate these effects. Most patients will be able to get back to their normal routines in as little as a few days to a week. 

Sunblock should be worn throughout the healing process in order to ensure that patients don’t have any sun damage in the future. After the procedure, there will be follow-up appointments to ensure that the patient is recovering smoothly and that they are happy with their results. 

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Why Choose Dr. Cappuccino?

For years, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Guy Cappuccino has been proudly providing the Frederick and Mount Airy areas with some of the most cutting-edge cosmetic treatments available. He specializes in a number of procedures that are able to address a litany of issues in multiple areas of the body. His extensive educational and training background and years of experience enable him to curate individualized treatment plans that address all of his patients’ concerns. 

Above all, he prioritizes communication and empathy, always giving his patients room to give feedback and express their opinions on the treatment plan. His kindness and understanding nature enable him to establish life-long connections with his patients. 

Fat Grafting FAQs:

How much will fat grafting cost?

Are fat transfer procedures painful?

Is there an age limit for fat grafting procedures?

How long do fat transfer results last?

How much will fat grafting cost?

The cost of fat grafting, a cosmetic procedure that involves transferring fat from one area of the body to another for augmentation or rejuvenation, can range from $3,500 – 5,000, depending on factors like the specific areas treated, and the desired outcome of the patient after their consultation.

Are fat transfer procedures painful?

Dr. Cappuccino takes a very careful approach to fat transfer procedures to ensure that discomfort is kept to a minimum. He provides patients with ample local anesthetics and sedation throughout the treatment. Following the procedure, he prescribes pain medications to the patient to ensure that they have a pleasant recovery period. Patients will receive plenty of assistance and follow-up advice in the days following the treatment.

Is there an age limit for fat grafting procedures?

Patients from ages 18 to 70 can all benefit from fat grafting procedures. Candidacy for the treatment primarily depends on the patient’s desired outcomes and their current health status.

How long do fat transfer results last?

The results from fat transfer procedures are considered to be permanent or semi-permanent.

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