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Fat Grafting

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What is Fat Grafting?

Overview

Fat grafting is a natural and effective way to get the beautifully sculpted body that you want. It is used to enhance buttocks, hips and breasts. It is also used for male patients who want to enhance specific muscle areas, like pectoral, biceps and triceps. It is a well established and proven procedure that provides long-lasting results.

What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting takes a patient’s own fat and then it is re-implanted in a specific body area. Usually, fat is taken from areas of the body including the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. It can be used as a facial filler, to add fullness to cheeks or lips, for example. It is also used to enhance breasts, buttocks and other areas of the body.

For men who have poorly defined pectoral muscles or muscle tears, fat grafting may be a good alternative to enhance the area.  When exercise, diet and weight training fail to provide the pectoral definition that is desired, fat grafting is a viable procedure and is an alternative to a pectoral implant.

Fat is taken from a donor site, usually from the love handles, abdomen or flank, and transferred to the pectoral area, producing more definition to the central chest and a much more dramatic appearance in the lower border of the chest.

For men who have had surgery for gynecomastia, where too much breast tissue was removed, fat grafting can produce a more natural appearance of the chest.

To see if fat grafting to the pectoral muscles is right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

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For men who desire more definition of the deltoid muscle and can’t achieve it with exercise, or have lost muscle due to injury, fat grafting provides a viable way to enhance the muscle’s appearance.

Fat is taken from a donor site on the body, usually from the love handles, abdomen or flank, and then grafted to the deltoid area. This provides more definition to the deltoids and is generally long lasting.

To see if fat grafting to the deltoid muscle is right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

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Despite arduous exercise, some men are simply unable to build up the calf muscles. This can be due to age, heredity and other factors. Fat grafting offers you an effective and safe technique to recontour your body, including the calf muscles.

Fat is collected from other areas of the body, including love handles, abdomen or flank, and is then injected (grafted) into the calf area. A certain amount of fat will dissipate, but the recontoured area of the calf will show an enhanced appearance.

To see if fat grafting to the calf muscle is right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

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If you’ve had a bicep muscle tear from weightlifting or other sports activity, or are unable to have smooth definition to the bicep area, fat grafting may provide a viable solution. In addition, fat grafting to the bicep is used to remove the signs of injury, scarring or surgery.

Fat is taken from another area of the body, usually the love handles, abdomen or flank, and then injected (grafted) back into the bicep area. The body reabsorbs a good portion of the fat, but enough remains to alleviate any deformity or enhance the muscle. Because the body does absorb a portion of the fat, several treatments may be required.

To see if fat grafting to the bicep is right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

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Like fat grafting to other muscles in the body, including the calf and bicep, fat grafting to the triceps can be used to provide enhanced definition, as well as correct the appearance due to scarring, injury or surgery.

Fat is taken from a donor site – usually the love handles, abdomen or flank, and then injected (grafted) into the triceps area. Because the body does absorb a portion of the fat, several treatments may be required.

To see if fat grafting to the triceps is right for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson.

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Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.

The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.

As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for a fat grafting procedure. They include:

  • Your skin has a fair amount of elasticity
  • You have enough fat from a donor site (love handles, abdomen, flank)
  • You have a specific defect (scarring, injury, prior surgery) that fat grafting can help to alleviate
  • You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks

• You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you

You will discuss various anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson, including sedation and general anesthesia. He will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure, your health history and his preferences. Generally, fat grafting makes use of local anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

Using a cannula, fat is harvested from areas of the body where it is prevalent, like love handles, abdomen or thighs, and then grafted to a specific area of the body. A local anesthetic is injected into the donor site, followed by a small incision. The fat is harvested, and then purified and excess fluid is removed. The fat is then grafted, or injected into the recipient site on your body. Because the fat is coming from your own body, there is no risk of allergic reaction.

While the body reabsorbs a portion of the grafted fat, a good portion of the fat remains in recipient site.  It may take several grafts in order to achieve the results that were desired, but when completed the results are permanent and continue to show the results of the augmentation.

There may be some bruising and swelling, but the results will be evident immediately following the procedure. Full results won’t be evident for several months when the swelling completely subsides.

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.

Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks may include:

  • Anesthesia  • Bleeding  • Infection • Swelling • Bruising

It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!

Prior to your procedure you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.

He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos may be taken, both before and after the surgery.

You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.

Fat grafting: also called fat transfer, is taking fat from one area of the body and grafting it (injecting it) into another area of the body

Local anesthetic: an injection using medications like lidocaine to eliminate pain in a specific area of the body

Cannula: an instrument used by Dr. Jimerson to suction out fat from the donor site

Donor site: the area of the body where fat will be taken, such as the abdomen, love handles, flank or thighs

Liposuction: the procedure that removes fat from a donor site using suction and a cannula

What happens prior to fat grafting surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.

If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.

Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.

Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.

The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.

The best way to determine if fat grafting surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.