Dr. Nathan Long, M.D. of Cosmetic Procedures Clinic talks about the importance of compression following your tumescent liposuction/ fat transfer procedure.
Patient Question: I’m on day 6 after having a fat transfer to my buttocks area and I’m not sure how swollen I am. I’m hoping that I’m still quite swollen, because my butt is too big. I’m also quite bruised. How much longer before I look presentable? I understand that all of the swelling will take weeks to resolve, but I just want to know when I’ll look good. Thanks!
This is the most common question asked and the hardest to answer. The reason for that is that everyone heals differently. We could do the exact same procedure with the exact same technique on ten different patients and have each one of them respond differently. One week after fat transfer is absolutely normal to have some bruising, swelling, tenderness and firmness. That being said, most people after two weeks see the swelling and the firmness resolve. It takes time for the fat transfer to settle down and for the inflammation (that causes the swelling) to subside.
Bottom line: be patient – your observations seem quite normal!
Remember to always call your doctor if you have any concerns or feel anything out of the ordinary.
Patient Question: I recently had a fat transfer to buttocks. Am I supposed to see the result right away or does it take time for the butt to become full from the fat transfer?
If you follow your post care instructions and keep the tumescent liposuction area very nicely compressed and the fat transfer area not compressed, there is a very visible result in all areas at the next day follow up. During the following two weeks post op the fat transfer area is usually swollen, firm, and sometimes tender. After the two weeks, the swelling and firmness usually goes down in the fat transfer area but the fullness remains.
Patient Question: If I get lipo in my stomach can I put that fat in my butt and thighs? How much would all that cost and can I finance it?
Absolutely. This is commonly called a brazillian butt lift or Fat Transfer. We usually take fat from multiple areas in order to get enough for a larger buttock area but you can take it from basically anywhere you would normally do tumescent liposuction. Most commonly, fat is transferred from the stomach area. We offer third party financing through CareCredit which has proven to be a great resource for our patients. To view our current pricing please visit: Tumescent Liposuction & Fat Transfer Pricing
Patient Question: I am trying to determine whether fat transfer is a better option for butt augmentation than implants. I was researching it today and saw that some final results look great, better than any of the butt implant augmentation photos I’ve seen. But I’m still apprehensive about taking this fat transfer route. How long does fat transfer results usually last?
It is possible for the fat to not remain and the results to be temporary. However, the results for our patients we usually see the fat remaining overtime. In other words, with our patients it is rare for a good percentage of the transferred cells to not remain. Because of the possibilility for some of the fat to not remain and the fullness to go down we do not charge for a second fat transfer. We only charge for the fat collection if a second fat transfer is requested. Fortunately, for our patients it is rare for anyone to ask for a second fat transfer as the fat has remained and continues to live overtime.