Enhance Your Appearance With a Body Fat Transfer in Sarasota, FL
A body fat transfer is a surgical procedure during which fat is derived from a certain part of the body that has excess fatty tissue, such as the abdomen or thighs, and then transferred to another area, such as the breasts or buttocks, with a goal to add subtle volume. In Sarasota, FL, Dr. Alissa M. Shulman of Sovereign Plastic Surgery has been performing fat transfers and other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures since 2009. During that time, she has acquired highly refined fat transfer experience by utilizing these techniques in complex breast reconstruction surgeries. Additionally, as a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also an artist and sculptor, she brings several unique talents to her surgical practice.
In the past, fat transfers were recommended primarily for filling in and softening the edges of very small, localized areas of the body, while implants were generally viewed as a better option for sculpting and enhancing larger areas. Over time, this perception has changed, and many plastic surgeons in the Sarasota, Florida, area and beyond are now performing larger-volume fat transfers in certain situations where implants were previously thought to be more appropriate.
Unlike a surgical enhancement procedure that involves the placement of implants, a body fat transfer uses a patient’s own fat cells, so the risks of allergic reaction and rejection are minimized. Also, the result of a body fat transfer typically looks and feels more natural than an implant. With that said, it is important to keep in mind that the outcome of fat grafting is unpredictable, mainly because the body will naturally absorb some of the transferred fat. On average, in Dr. Shulman’s experience, it is approximately 20 percent of the transferred volume.
Dr. Shulman always advises her patients that positive lifestyle practices, such as consuming a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a stable body weight, are the best ways to enhance the appearance of the body. However, genetics and aging can sometimes get in the way and negate the effects of healthy living. For instance, genetically predetermined tendencies may cause the body to accumulate fat unevenly, and over time, volume may be lost naturally in certain areas as age-related changes occur. In these situations, a body fat transfer may help.
If you are a nonsmoker who is in good overall health, both physically and emotionally, you may be a good candidate for a body fat transfer. To discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Shulman, call Sovereign Plastic Surgery to schedule a personal appointment at her office in Sarasota, Florida.