Answering Common Questions About Fat Transfer Injections

There is no question that fat transfer is becoming more and more popular with cosmetic surgery patients across the country. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), fat transfer injections to the face, breasts, and buttocks all increased significantly between 2015 and last year. Still, despite its surging popularity, I have noticed that patients still have plenty of questions about what they can and can’t do with fat transfer. That’s why I’ve taken some time to answer some common questions about how fat transfer injections can help my patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals.

Answering Common Questions About Fat Transfer InjectionsQuestion 1: What is the difference between facial fat transfer injections and facial filler injections?

Both fat transfer injections and dermal fillers can rejuvenate a patient’s face by plumping up areas of lost volume and improving the facial contour. The biggest difference between fat transfer and facial fillers is that fat transfer uses a patient’s own organic material, whereas facial fillers use a synthetic material instead. This makes fat transfer for the face a bit safer for certain patients, especially those who are allergic or sensitive to certain products.

Question 2: Can I dramatically increase my breast size with fat transfer injections?

Unfortunately not. Though fat transfer injections to the breast are very popular right now, they cannot replicate the dramatic increase in breast size that a breast augmentation procedure can provide. Instead, fat transfer for the breast is perfect for patients who seek a more modest, natural-looking increase in breast size, or those who want to correct a mild or moderate asymmetry.

Question 3: Will my fat transfer procedure lead to much scarring?

One of the many things my patients love about fat transfer is the minimal scarring it leaves. Because liposuction incisions are typically small, the scars left behind are also small (often just a few millimeters long). I also try to make incisions in less visible locations. Even the more visible scars left after liposuction will fade over time. Scarring may be more visible for patients who require larger liposuction cannulas or those with more darkly pigmented skin.

I hope this was educational for patients who are interested in learning more about this fantastic, versatile procedure. If you think fat transfer injections may be right for you, it’s important to bring this up during your liposuction consultation where I will determine if you have the necessary amount of fat in donor sites required for fat transfer. For more information on fat transfer injections or other plastic surgery procedures, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more plastic surgery tips, news, and photos.

Summertime Savings this July at Southern Plastic Surgery

Happy July, everyone! We hope everyone is enjoying their fun in the sun in style. While it may feel like the summer has just begun, before you know it the kids will be heading back to school and vacation season will be a thing of the past. But there is still time to enjoy excellent summer savings at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Whether you’re interested in losing some stubborn fat for your upcoming beach trip, shedding unwanted body hair, or rejuvenating the appearance of your face, the July events and specials at SPS and Laser Lights may have just what you’re looking for.

You’re Invited: Men’s Night Event at SPS & Laser Lights

We are happy to announce that Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights will be hosting a joint Men’s Night Event this August. This special open house event is the perfect time for guys to enjoy exclusive savings and in-depth education on many of our most popular cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures for men. Stop by to learn more about the many cosmetic treatments (both surgical and non-surgical) that are available to help keep guys looking fit and young all through the summer beach season and beyond. Keep an eye out for more details in the weeks to come. And if you can’t wait until then, contact us today to discuss all the great treatments and procedures that we offer for men including male breast reduction for gynecomastia, nonsurgical fat reduction, and more.  

July Cosmetic Specials

This July, the cosmetic specials available at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center provide patients with fantastic deals on some of our most beloved cosmetic treatments. Enjoy summer savings on many of the most in-demand procedures available including chemical peels, SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction, laser tattoo removal, and more. We also have monthly discounts on popular skincare products from top brands like Revision® Skincare and iS Clinical®, as well as new skin care products available from Jan Marini Skin Research®. Check out the flyer for all the details!

Check Out Laser Lights July 2017 Specials Available at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

Check Out Laser Lights July 2017 Specials Available at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

Don’t forget, Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights offer gift certificates that can be used on all of our available cosmetic procedures and treatments. Why not treat that special someone in your life to the gift of a rejuvenated, youthful look they deserve? All of our promotions are good until July 31st, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on specials at either Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights today. You can also call us to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation with Dr. David Whiteman. Have a great July from Dr. Whiteman and all of us at SPS and Laser Lights!

Getting to Know Your Various Facial Rejuvenation Options

For patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance and fight off some of the more visible signs of aging, the face is a great place to start. After all, our faces are the most prominent and unique feature we have. This is why so many patients first think of facial procedures when considering their options for cosmetic improvement. Whether you are interested in more proportional facial features or treating visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, I am able to perform a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures for patients of all ages.

Cosmetic facial surgery, such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty procedures, are intended for patients who are seeking more significant and longer-lasting results. For instance, rhinoplasty can fundamentally alter a person’s appearance by creating a more symmetrical, better-proportioned facial structure. Conversely, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation may make more sense for patients who prefer more subtle, natural-looking aesthetic tweaks instead of more dramatic alterations. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, like Botox® Cosmetic injections and facial fillers, may also appeal to those are too busy to take on the recovery time needed after certain cosmetic procedures, or those who may not be healthy enough for surgery. Nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures are also commonly used as maintenance for patients who have already undergone facial surgery.

I know all these options can be overwhelming for certain patients who are not sure which procedures or treatments make the most sense for them. That’s why I have taken some time in the video below to provide some more information on nonsurgical facial rejuvenation and how it can be of assistance:

Remember that when it comes to surgical vs. nonsurgical procedures, it does not have to be a one or the other choice. In fact it’s common for my patients to use nonsurgical treatments to complement and enhance the results of their cosmetic surgery. Regardless of which facial rejuvenation route you ultimately choose, the first step towards your desired change is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help guide you towards the cosmetic procedures that will most successfully help you reach your new aesthetic goals. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.