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Fat Transfer – The “Green” Plastic Surgery Trend

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Many industries are striving to go “green” by recycling unwanted material and that includes the plastic surgery too, according to a recent article in the NY Daily News. The waste material that plastic surgeons recycle is unwanted fat and the procedure involved is fat transfer. It involves harvesting excess fat from one area of the patient’s body and using it to improve another area. Fat transfer in NYC is popular in Brazilian butt lift surgery where excess fat from specific areas is extracted and injected into buttocks to enhance shape and appearance.

Fat TransferEarlier, the fat removed through liposuction was discarded as medical waste. In recent years, innovative plastic surgeons found a way to recycle this fat and use it again. While the fat removed during body contouring cannot be transferred from one person to another, it can be moved to another area of the patient’s body. Fat transfer from one part of your body to another can smooth out wrinkles or improve areas that loose volume with aging such as the cheeks. Today, liposuction and fat transfer are the key components of Brazilian butt surgery in NYC.

This buttock augmentation procedure specifically involves liposuction to remove fat from areas where it is abundant and fat grafting, whereby the extracted fat tissues are processed and re-implanted into the posterior. The typical donor sites include the abdomen, thighs, hips, and lower back. Rather than using synthetic butt implants to add volume, this minimally invasive treatment uses your own fat to safely create a perky, prominent look.

Not all women are good candidates for buttock augmentation with fat transfer. Surgeons assess prospective patients carefully to ensure they are good general health and have enough fat to spare for the enhancement. Starting with liposuction using local anesthesia, fat is removed through a small cannula at a low suction pressure to preserve the delicate fat cells. The extracted fat is then processed and purified to get rid of unhealthy and dead fat cells, and then re-injected carefully using micro droplet techniques, that is, it is injected in very small quantities and at the right depths. Another important thing to note is that not all of the injected fat cells will survive. So expecting drop off of some of the fat, an experienced surgeon will probably opt to overfill the buttocks with fat by a certain percentage.

Fat transfer or ‘fat recycling’ owes it popularity to the fact that it provides a great alternative to butt implants and their associated risks. Fat transfer offers unique benefits in that it allows reduction in bulk and improved contour in one area while enhancing another by plumping it up. The NY Daily News report notes that the green plastic surgery trend could “turn the negative obesity epidemic into a positive with a little good old fashion recycling”.

To benefit from safe and effective fat transfer in NYC, make sure you choose a plastic surgeon who is skilled in the procedure and performs the procedure in an AAAASF-accredited surgical facility. An expert will be knowledgeable about maintaining the balance between fat removal and addition to provide optimal body contouring results.

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