Fat Grafting in St. Louis, MO
Parkcrest Plastic Surgery and its team of board-certified physicians welcome patients interested in fat grafting from throughout the region, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Creve Coeur, surrounding areas and around the country. Our vast experience and warm demeanor set us apart, making our office the best choice for fat grafting or fat injections in St. Louis.
What Is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting, commonly known as fat transfer, allows you to sculpt your body in ways never previously possible. Fat grafting is a very common and popular surgery designed for the transfer of fatty tissue from one part of your body to another. Using your own fatty tissue to add volume to certain areas of the body and face eliminates the risk of rejection of implant materials or an allergic reaction. It also allows for more natural looking results because it uses completely natural tissue to augment the body. Fat grafting is truly the way forward when it comes to safe, effective volume augmentation of the face, breasts, hands and body.
What Is The Fat Grafting Procedure?
Fat grafting is an elective procedure that allows the plastic surgeon to remove excess subcutaneous fat from isolated areas that often do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas may include the hips, buttocks, flanks, thighs, arms, abdomen, knees, ankles, face, and neck. You can help the doctor determine the best area for fat removal, based upon where you would like to slim down.
Once the fat is removed, using liposuction (LINK) the fat is put through a specialized centrifuge which isolates the fatty tissue until it is in its purest form. Once the fat tissue is isolated, the doctor can inject it using a specialized syringe into the area that needs more volume. No incisions are needed to reinsert the fat. The area targeted can be large or small, depending on your preferences. For the cheekbones, only a small amount of fat is used. However, for buttocks or breast augmentation, a larger amount of fat will be injected for noticeable results.
What Does Fat Grafting Recovery Entail?
There is usually limited downtime associated with this procedure. In fact, most of the recovery symptoms may be associated with the liposuction, not the fat injection portion of the procedure. Recovery from liposuction is normally relatively easy. You may experience some swelling and bruising in the weeks following the procedure. Other common, but temporary side effects include numbness, burning and tingling around the incision site. You may need to wear special garments to apply pressure, minimize swelling, and provide support while healing. These garments also assist in retraction of the skin. Stitches will be removed in seven to 10 days.
Detailed pre- and post-op instructions will be provided for you both during your consultation and after fat grafting. The staff at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss all aspects of the procedure based on your individual profile, including how much the operation will cost. Because each case is different, it is important that you meet with us to find out more about liposuction and fat grafting.
At the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office, Dr. David A. Caplin, Dr. Melvin Maclin, and Dr. Patricia McGuire offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Missouri, including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, and Creve Coeur. Contact (LINK) the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office today to schedule your fat grafting consultation!