Fat Transfer Overview
Our New Orleans plastic surgery office is proud to offer one of the most advanced techniques available in the cosmetic surgery industry – fat transfer – to patients in Metairie, New Orleans, and surrounding areas. Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting or fat injections, is a popular technique that involves transplanting a patient’s own fat to areas of the body that need or require volume, such as the breasts, lips, buttocks, or cheeks. Since the fat is often harvested from “problem areas” such as the buttocks and thighs, the technique helps many patients attain the attractive and natural-looking overall physiques they desire. Patients from throughout the country frequently contact our office regarding fat transfer because of its many benefits and because of the experience offered by our surgeons. The fat harvesting technique used by our surgeons is gentler than previous fat harvesting methods, causing less damage to the cells. The results are natural, beautiful and lasting.
Fat Transfer Surgical Technique
During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. An antibiotic solution is used which allows for a complete separation of the fat so that only healthy tissue is used for reinjection. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.
Fat Transfer Reviews
"Highly Recommend - Metairie, LA - Fantastic, concerned, and caring surgeon with a lovely, professional bedside manner. Couldn't ask for a better doctor! - - I met with Dr Khoobehi and felt as though he understood what I was talking about from the very beginning. He was very kind and understanding and listened to what my concerns were and we set a plan together for the surgery I was going to have done. I'd met with other Dr's and had even paid for a consultation, but didn't feel as though I was being listened to. Dr Khoobehi was completely different, and I'm extremely glad that I chose him. My results, six weeks after having a neck lift and fat transfer are absolutely phenomenal! In my line of work, as a hospital nurse, I have to have very close, face to face contact with people. Since returning to work I have been consistently and repeatedly told by my patients, who have no idea that I've had anything done, that I look >15 years younger than I am! Very, very, subtle, but natural looking results, without the drawn, taught, Hollywood look that some doctors achieve. One of my friends had recommended him, and I honestly couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, Dr. Khoobehi, and a big thank you to your wonderful team of nurses, and extended staff."- W. / RealSelf / Jul 17, 2013
"Fabulous Lower Face Lift - Metairie, LA - Dr Khoobehi and his staff are exceptional. He is honest, caring and loves his work. He strives to make you your best and corrects the little imperfections that only you and a trained eye can see to even make you better if he thinks it's appropriate. He was recommended to me by another plastic surgeon and that says volumes for the respect his peers have for his work. Nothing feels better than a compliment. - - I had a lower face lift and fat transfers to my face and hands under LOCAL anesthesia in Dr Khoobehi's office. The procedure took about 3 hours but took at least 10 years off my face. I was very nervous about the surgery but everyone took great care of me and I really don't remember much about the surgery. Of course you are swollen afterwards but the bruising I expected was minimal due to the supplements I was given. I look in the mirror everyday and wish I had not waited so long. I had lost volume in my face and hands and the fat transfers gave me back the fullness I needed to look younger but natural just as he had promised. My 5 week post op pictures are amazing. My 1 year pictures are just as good and that is truly great. I can't thank him enough for what he has given me."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 08, 2014
"57 Year Old, Much Needed Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck - Metairie, LA - If anyone out there no him you no he's the best of the best in New Orleans, LAHe answered all my question, has the best bedside manner, the staff is courtesy,no wait time. Aftercare and follow-up are time well spent. Dr. Khoobehi is the best.I love what he did for me and my body. - - The thing that made me want to change, was my husband, who is no longer here told me that the body I had was not me and to change it back. So I new people who had different thing done but could remember their Dr. name so I look in the phone book and this name stand out Dr. Kamran Khoobehi. He help me to choose all the right thing for my body, breast lift with fat transfer, from my stomach and total tummy tuck and fat transfer to hip. I love my body."- J. / RealSelf / May 12, 2014
"Finally Have a Butt! Metairie, LA - Dr. Khoobehi is the best! My surgery actually consisted of a thigh lift, some Lipo and the fat transfer for my Brazilian butt fat implant. Dr. Khoobehi was wonderful during the whole process from meeting to pre-op, post-op, and now a year later when I go in for other procedures. I trust him completely and he is honest about realistic expectations and what looks best, which I appreciate. He's very professional and makes his patients feel comfortable; at ease. I love my results and would recommend him 100%. - - My surgery actually consisted of a thigh lift, some Lipo and the fat transfer to indentions left from previous bad lipo and for my Brazilian butt fat implant. Before the procedures, I was very uncomfortable wearing shorts and skirts and never wore a bathing suit. I hated living that way. I also had a flat butt and with age, was getting wider and droopy. I have a naturally small waist My goal was to get my thighs looking but my proportions were off from previous Lipo so my whole mid section looked boxy. I wanted to look pretty enough to wear shorts (and hopefully a bikini) and to finally have some sort of butt. Dr. Khoobehi delivered and exceeded all of my expectations. He was able to bring back my figure by carving out via lipo around my lower back and stomach and using that fat in my butt and fill in the intentions left over from my previous lipo gone bad... I am just amazed that he was able to change my shape like he did to make me look so curvy and balanced again.I feel amazing and for the first time in my life, I proudly wore a bikini on my vacation 9 months after my surgery! It's a very freeing feeling to walk around in shorts let alone a bathing suit. I'm absolutely thrilled with my results.Dr. Khoobehi was wonderful during the whole process from meeting to pre-op, post-op, and now a year later when I go in for other procedures. I trust him completely and he is honest about realistic expectations and what looks best, which I appreciate. He's very professional and makes his patients feel comfortable; at ease. I love my results and would recommend him 100%."- B. / RealSelf / Aug 07, 2014
"24 Years Old - New Orleans, LA - I recently had a nose job and fat transfer to my forehead, eyelids, cheeks and lips.i've never been happier he changed my life.He is very professional, honest and kind person, i would recommend him to everyone who looking for great and natural results.I am very grateful Thank you so much Dr. Khoobehi. - - I recently had a nose job and fat transfer to my forhead, eyelids, cheeks and lips.i've never been happier he changed my life.He is very professional, honest and kind person, i would recommend him to everyone who looking for great and natural results.I am very grateful Thank you so much Dr. Khoobehi."- N. / RealSelf / Nov 18, 2014
Fat Transfer During/After Surgery
Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted.
Fat Transfer Expected Cost
The cost for a fat transfer will vary. Again, it will depend on the size of the area treated and how much fat was removed and transferred. The price can range as low as $3,000-$5,000, and can go as high as $11,000.
Fat Transfer FAQs
How Long do the Results Last?
A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. There is an ongoing research study that promises long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues, which involves Platelet Rich Plasma to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.
Loss of Voluma?
When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results (i.e., lip enhancement), this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.
How About Scarring?
Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing.
For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkle problems, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid. For long-term results, patients may consider PMMA, an injectable filler that offers a semi-permanent solution. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 5-7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location