Fat Transfer - Fat Grafting

What is it?

  • volume restoration for soft tissues
  • fat is moved from areas such has abdomen, hips, and thighs to areas that need it

Who should consider it?

  • your face has lost the soft fullness it had in earlier years
  • your hands are showing years of wear and tear

How do I know if I am a good candidate? Back to Top

  • physically healthy men and women
    • be honest with Dr. Culbertson about medications, including over-the-counter, vitamins or supplements, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
  • you have realistic expectations
    • you expect to restore fullness to thinned out areas
    • you do not expect it to change who you are, your life, or how people treat you
  • you have areas from which fat can be taken

How do I prepare for Fat Transfer - Fat Grafting? Back to Top

  • consult with Dr. Culbertson
    • Dr. Culbertson will need your complete medical history, so have that ready
    • you and Dr. Culbertson will discuss your expectations and desires very carefully to determine
      • areas that would benefit from fat transfer
      • from which area(s) the fat should be taken
      • if any other procedures would be appropriate
    • Dr. Culbertson will explain her technique, the type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery is done, and the risks and benefits of surgery
  • you will have instructions on eating, drinking, medications to avoid or that you must take
  • arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery
  • make sure you have someone with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery and even longer if you need it

What do I expect from Fat Transfer - Fat Grafting? Back to Top

  • facility: an office-based facility, outpatient surgery center, or a hospital
  • anesthesia: local (numbing medicine) with sedation by mouth or intravenously, or general anesthesia (where you go to sleep)
  • Dr. Culbertson will take fat from the designated areas and inject it into the areas where it is needed

What can I expect after Fat Transfer - Fat Grafting? Back to Top

  • you will be very swollen and likely bruised for the first week or so
  • in the second week the bruising resolves and you still have swelling
  • by the third week you begin to look more like yourself

When will I feel like myself again? Back to Top

  • at first you won’t look like yourself and may even get a little down
  • once the swelling starts going away you will be able to appreciate the changes
  • subtle swelling may persist for weeks

How will I look? Back to Top

  • the areas to which the fat was transferred will appear softer and fuller
  • you may even notice improvement in skin texture in those areas
  • you will appear refreshed and rejuvenated
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