About Fat Transfer
A fat transfer extracts unwanted fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, and injects it into an area that needs plumping and rejuvenation. Since the fat used is the patient’s own, a significant portion of the fat becomes permanent and eliminates the need for constant re-injections with other materials.
Fat grafting by itself is not a new procedure. However, the technique that Dr. Athré uses is. Traditional fat grafting has the advantages of possible permanent rejuvenation, but also has several disadvantages, such as granuloma formation near the injection site, lumpiness, a necessity for overcorrection, and a need for the use of large injection cannulas.
ALMI Fat Transfer Technique
Dr. Athré uses the ALMI technique for facial fat transfer in Houston and is one of the few surgeons in Texas to do so. This technique uses the same fat harvesting technique as traditional fat grafting, however, the fat is then micronized and reconstituted with PRP (platelet rich plasma).
The combo material can be injected in much the same way as Restylane® or Juvederm® through tiny needles. This technique reduces many of the complications seen in older techniques, such as irregular contours and lumpiness.
Fat Transfer Recovery and Results
Swelling and bruising around the injection site will rapidly decrease after a few days, and the patient should be able to return to normal activities in one to two weeks. Final results should be apparent after six months. The initial results of this technique show that the additional volume can last for longer than five years.
How much does a fat transfer cost?
A fat transfer procedure starts at $4,000.
How long does it take to recover from a fat transfer?
Patients usually recover within a week after fat transfer surgery.
How long does the fat transfer procedure take?
The fat transfer procedure typically takes up to three hours.
How long does a fat transfer last?
Usually the results of a fat transfer last around five years.
When will I be able to see results from a fat transfer?
You should see results from a fat transfer 1-3 months after the surgery.
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