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!

FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Once thought to be exclusively a woman’s game, recent years have shown us that plastic surgery is growing more popular with men all the time. With Father’s Day approaching, I thought it would be a great time to answer some of the more common questions I receive from male patients about popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men. Hopefully this will be instructional for any guys who are still on the fence about whether plastic surgery may be right for them.

FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for MenWhat are the most common plastic surgery procedures for men?

According to stats collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for 2016, liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women, due to its reputation for versatility and effectiveness. After that, the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgeries for men are (in order of their popularity) male breast reduction, eyelid surgery, neck lifts, and facelifts.

How much scarring will there be after male breast reduction surgery?

The scars left from male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of fat and breast tissue that is removed during the procedure, as well as the elasticity of the patient’s skin. During male breast reduction, I try to make the smallest-possible incisions in hard to see areas on and around the chest to reduce the visibility of scars. In my experience, even patients who have larger breasts and more scarring following their male breast reduction are still very satisfied with their results.

Which facial procedures would you recommend for men trying to restore a more youthful appearance?

As I mentioned above, facelifts are very popular with men trying to turn the clock back and rejuvenate their face, but they are far from the only option. Eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty procedures are very in-demand with men at the moment, as are fat transfer injections. Fat transfer injections purify and re-inject a patient’s fat that is removed during liposuction to add lost volume to other areas including the face. Men may also want to consider a mini facelift of neck lift.

Are there any nonsurgical treatments for men that you would recommend for men trying to improve their appearance?

SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction can be perfect for guys trying to shed stubborn fat from areas all over the body. SculpSure® is FDA-approved to treat stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone may not be able to get rid of.

Men have more options than ever to achieve natural-looking aesthetic upgrades. Whether you are trying to shed stubborn excess fat, improve your physique, or undo some of the natural effects of aging, I believe plastic surgery can open up a world of possibilities for men trying to look and feel their best. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, photos and updates from the world of cosmetic surgery.