One of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures today is fat transfer to the face, breasts, or bottom. A fat transfer reverses the signs of aging and achieves natural looking and feeling volume while at the same time sculpting the figure. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, our surgeons are able to perform fat transfer as a part of your facelift procedure, as an option for augmenting your breasts, and during the popular Brazilian butt lift to enhance the final results.

What is a Fat Grafting Procedure?

Commonly referred to as autologous fat grafting, fat transfer is a revolutionary treatment that utilizes liposuction to get rid of fat in one area and move it to another desirable area, including the following:

to add volume to cheeks or to fill in facial lines and wrinkles, 

to provide a round, perky and appealing contour,

to increase the size by 1-2 cup sizes, improve the shape and symmetry, and achieve a beautiful yet natural look and feel.

The many benefits of fat transfer

The great thing about the fat transfer procedure is that it can be used to treat an array of conditions and body parts. It is an ideal anti-aging treatment to rejuvenate the face and neck, two of the first places on the body to display signs of aging. 

Facial fat grafting is becoming more and more popular as the procedure itself is minimally invasive and does not require any surgical incisions or leave any type of scarring. Adding fat to bring volume back into the face can help to improve skin texture and create a natural, more youthful and radiant appearance.

For the face, a fat transfer can enhance the results of a facelift: 

  • provide youthful volume to cheeks and temples
  • achieve a defined chin and jawline
  • improve the appearance of facial scars
  • fill in dips to smooth out the skin.

For the bottom, a fat transfer provides: 

  • plump volume to buttocks or naturally flat, smaller buttocks
  • a full, lifted appearance
  • a round, perky, and appealing behind.

For the breasts, a fat transfer can: 

  • sculpt the area around the breasts, transferring the fat tissue into the breasts themselves 
  • achieve larger, more symmetrical, and more attractive breasts
  • provide a completely natural look and feel

Fat Grafting Results:

As the swelling subsides and the new fat cells settle and readjust, there may be changes in your final results. It will take 4-6 months for these final results to be fully visible, as the fat cells take time to settle, and a percentage of the injected fat will dissolve in the first few weeks after the procedure. This is a natural part of the healing process and is the reason our surgeons don’t guarantee a specific result when using fat transfer for breast augmentation as opposed to an implant. 

Recovery after Fat Grafting:

Recovery time after fat grafting varies depending on which area of the body you choose for fat transfer. You will experience some swelling and bruising at the donor site that will resolve over the following few weeks. Most patients are able to return to light work and activities within about one week after their facelift with fat transfer or fat transfer breast augmentation. It will take 2-3 weeks until patients feel comfortable returning to work after a Brazilian butt lift, as you will not be able to sit directly on your bottom for 2-3 weeks. You will need to get clearance from your surgeon and wait for about 4-6 weeks to resume more strenuous work or exercise. 

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Who is a candidate for fat transfer?

Ideal candidates are any patients who are in good overall health and that desire to improve their appearance by adding volume to reverse the signs of aging. Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen will determine your candidacy and discuss any and all options during your consultation. Generally, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have no serious medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Are not taking blood-thinning medications or supplements, or can safely stop taking these 
  • Have sufficient unwanted fat to be harvested for transfer to the butt, breasts or face 
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Meet the Doctors

Neaman Plastic Surgery is home to two talented, board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen. They have dedicated themselves to bringing the latest surgical techniques to their patients in Salem. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, the goal is to help patients feel like the best version of themselves. The doctors take the time to educate patients on the procedure and collaborate on treatment plans that helps patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

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Fat Transfer FAQs

Can fat transfer be performed alongside another procedure?

Where is the fat grafting procedure performed?

What are the risks associated with fat transfer?

How long do results last?

Can fat transfer be performed alongside another procedure?

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, our team performs Fat Transfer in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, or a body lift to achieve a complete body transformation and optimum contouring results.

Where is the fat grafting procedure performed?

Fat grafting procedures are performed at our accredited Neaman Surgery Center as an outpatient surgery using general or local anesthesia. You will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home following your procedure.

What are the risks associated with fat transfer?

As with any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, especially when anesthesia is used, there are some potential risks associated with treatment. This can include an adverse reaction to anesthesia or changes in sensation. However, when fat grafting is performed by an experienced and expert surgeon such as board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Neaman or Dr. Christiansen, you can expect to receive safe and effective results. They are highly skilled at performing fat transfers and know exactly where to make injections and how deep to inject the fat. Using your own fat reduces your overall risk for any adverse reactions.

How long do results last?

You can expect results to be long-lasting. Extreme weight gain or loss can affect your final results, so it is essential that you maintain a healthy and stable weight.

Contact Neaman Plastic Surgery

To learn more about the amazing benefits and results achievable with fat grafting or to find out if you’re a candidate, please contact us for your personal consultation. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, we know that deciding to undergo surgery is a big step, and we want to help you on your path. We welcome patients from throughout Oregon, including Salem and Portland. We offer consultations with our board-certified plastic surgeons to help answer any questions you may have. 

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