Popular Fat Transfer Procedures

Plastic surgery comes with a plethora of options – both surgical and nonsurgical. This diversity is great because it gives patients the opportunity to customize their surgical plan to not only help them get the plastic surgery results of their dreams, but it also gives them more of a say on how they choose to get there. One such procedure that has opened many doors for many plastic surgery patients is fat transfer. Best known as a procedure that harvests fat from a patient’s donor area (like their thighs for example), then goes through a purification process before it is skillfully reinjected into areas that need some extra volume. Most notably useful for the face and the body, let’s take a look at some of the most popular fat transfer procedures today.

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There are several benefits to fat transfer that body contouring, breast enhancement, and facial rejuvenation patients find appealing:

  • Fat transfer plastic surgery results are safe, natural, and long-lasting.
  • Is a noninvasive alternative to surgical procedures so the required downtime is significantly less
  • This procedure is a good alternative to temporary fillers but can also be used in conjunction with other nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments like Botox®, Juvéderm®, etc.
  • Fat transfer uses a patient’s own material so it greatly reduces the chance of adverse reactions that accompany any procedure where a foreign object is introduced into the body (for example, in the case of breast augmentation that would be the body’s reaction to new breast implants – although rare).

As fat transfer patients begin to heal, the injected fat creates its new blood supply where it is able to thrive in its new home. Successful fat transfer procedures can produce permanent results but for some patients, a percentage of the fat may not take to the new environment and may require touch-up procedures before desired results can be seen. To further improve this procedure, I’ve developed a new system for injecting fat in less time and less trauma (using a pulsating technique which reduces pain and potentially increases the fat’s survival). This is something we would discuss during your fat transfer consultation and revisited during any follow-up consultations we have scheduled to monitor your progress.

If you’re interested in fat transfer procedures or any of the additional cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us at 770-622-9100. Be sure to stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, and the rest of the SPS team on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery trends and special cosmetic surgery savings announcements.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Mommy Makeover?

Our time is valuable and for many of my hard-working patients, extended recovery time is not ideal. One of the most popular topics I generally cover during consultations is how long it will take to recover once the surgery has been successfully performed. While you have to keep in mind that every person’s body will heal differently, I’ve come up with an average timeline for recovery for my patients whether they choose facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures. Since this month’s featured procedure is the ever-popular Mommy Makeover – if you had to answer how long does it take to recover from Mommy Makeover, what would you guess?

In case you’re not familiar, let’s start with the benefits of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Can help restore a pre-baby physique for mothers who’ve experienced changes to their body during/after carrying their child.
  • Even if you’re not a mother, Mommy Makeovers can benefit patients who have experienced physical changes to their body from aging and/or significant weight gain/loss.
  • A combination procedure that typically includes body contouring (tummy tuck and liposuction) and breast enhancement (breast augmentation or breast lift).
    • Since the procedures are performed simultaneously during the Mommy Makeover, you only have to go through one comprehensive recovery process versus first procedure then heal, second procedure then heal, etc.
  • This is an outpatient procedure meaning, you’re in and out the same day as your procedure (since you don’t have to stay in the hospital AND you’re combining procedures it means you’re not paying double the required hospital fees – such as anesthesia, surgical fees, and medication).
  • Natural-looking Mommy Makeover results will reveal a slimmer, more-contoured waistline and breasts that are not only proportionate to your frame, but also perky and youthful.

What should your expectations be regarding Mommy Makeover recovery?

The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow the pre and post-operative instructions I send you home with. I’ve heard time and time again from patients that the overall experience was a lot less strenuous than they may have assumed. In my over 22 years of experience as a double-board certified plastic surgeon, I firmly believe in giving my patient’s all the tools they need to increase their overall happiness with their results. Using highly-specialized surgical techniques (like the Scarpa Fascia Advancement technique for tummy tucks that I use to specifically reduce recovery time for my patients), combined with diligent effort from the patient to follow the recovery recommendations I provide, you’re more likely to increase your overall success with your procedure.

My Patient Experience: Mommy Makeover Recovery

Some of you may remember me; I am the mother of three who first wrote about my mommy makeover consultation experience with Dr. Whiteman last month. As I reread my first entry, it’s hard to believe that November 11th (when I had my consultation and scheduled my procedure in the same day) was only a few short weeks ago and here I am, one week mommy makeover post-op, able to share my unbelievable experience again with you all. For any fellow mothers out there, the physical changes that even one childbirth can bring, let alone three, is something many of us don’t want to have as a permanent reminder. My small breasts and stomach pooch were two areas that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fix on my own. Now, after the encouragement of my family, two meetings with Dr. Whiteman and his team, and a mommy makeover later, I can proudly say I finally have my body back and it’s even better than before!

The morning of December 22, 2015 my daughter drove me to the office where my procedure was to take place. Pretty sure I didn’t sleep the night before due to nerves but once I got dressed, hooked up to the machines and had the nurses explain just about every detail of the process, I was more excited than anything else. Dr. Whiteman came in and made a few drawings (similar to the ones he demonstrated during my TouchMD consultation) as guides for the surgery, I said goodbye to my daughter and when I awoke, it felt as if I had taken a quick cat nap. When I looked down at my chest I saw something I hadn’t seen since the early 90’s – perky cleavage (I have to admit I was a little bummed not being able to see my new breasts immediately, but I know good things come to those who wait, so I was patient)! Before I was able to go home the nurses went over vital post-operative mommy makeover recovery guidelines and I was free to start my recovery.

I work in the education system and specifically chose the holidays for my surgery because I have mandatory time off and was told that recovery from a breast augmentation and tummy tuck (the two procedures that made up my unique mommy makeover) would only take about two weeks. Each person is different, so I took this as a general rule but let me tell you all something, if you follow your pre-op tips and suggestions and stick to your post-op rules diligently, recovery is a breeze! I say this because after three natural births, this is NOTHING like that experience.

Prior to my surgery I wasn’t an active person in the sense of being a gym rat but I was more of the take the stairs instead of the elevator kind of “health conscious” individual. To prepare for the tummy tuck portion I upped my water intake (meaning I drank nothing but water), incorporated daily sit-ups into my morning and evening routine, and restricted meals to before 6pm. Not a huge demanding lifestyle change by any means, but I have to admit it was much needed encouragement. My biggest concern was maintaining my mommy makeover results so I was determined to follow each and every instruction given to me.

The first day or two was more about getting used to the feeling of heavier breasts and a tighter stomach. If I had to put it into words, it felt more like I had an intense gym workout and was sore the day after from maxing out on crunches and ab work. Moving around was obviously at a snail’s pace but the recommended breathing exercises helped to really help me maneuver around. Before your surgery Dr. Whiteman goes over pain management options you have to choose from and you’re sent home with just about everything you could need from compression garments to keep everything nice and tight, to antibiotics for the first week of recovery. After the one week mark I went back to Dr. Whiteman’s for my first follow-up consultation. This was the first time I was actually able to see my healing progress and hear from Dr. Whiteman on how I was coming along – not that it was a surprise to me, but I am healing remarkably well and have very minimal swelling left (did I mention it’s only been a week?).

If you’re like me you did your research. Of course I had a million and one questions for Dr. Whiteman but I did research at home to try to feed my curiosity. I watched YouTube videos (not for the faint of heart and to be honest was quite dramatic now that I look back on it) and read just about every public online forum regarding tummy tucks and breast augmentation. Nothing can really prepare you for an elective surgery but I’m hoping that my story can give you a different perspective. I’m 50 and this was my first surgery ever. If I could give readers three pieces of advice it would be this:

  • If you’re conscious of really listening to your body and what it needs, like rest, hydration, ice, etc., then I truly do believe your recovery would be just as easy as mine has been.
  • Don’t think you’re “too old” for plastic surgery – you’re not and you’ll only kick yourself for not having done it sooner.
  • Choose Dr. Whiteman. There’s a reason they call it the “Fab Ab” Tummy Tuck.