I would like to have the fat transfer surgery performed, but instead of the breast; I would like the fat transferred to my buttocks. Is that possible? I lost weight, and would like the excess fat removed from my mid section, and thighs.
Fat transfers can theoretically be done anywhere. The bigger concerns following weight loss is the quality of your buttock tissue as excess skin simply cannot be filled adequately. An exam is mandatory so please see someone in your community for further information. Techniques do vary considerably from surgeon to surgeon and you should be aware of what the revision policy is or what costs would be if you need a re-do.
Yes this is a realistic goal provided you have enough fat to remove from the mid section (flanks) and thighs. Fat transfer usually requires injecting at least twice as much fat as the surgeon feels is necessary for the long term results as not all the fat will survive the transfer process. Think of it like planting seeds in the garden, not all of them will grow. I have had good success with fat transfer with the buttock. We take 3D before and after photos that allows us to measure the volume and show you the shape after surgery. Special garments are applied after surgery to apply gentle pressure and shape the buttock. Also, make sure the surgeon you choose is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Accept no substitutes in certification. Good luck!
Fat transfer from areas of liposuction to areas other than the breast is possible and being done here in the U.S. on a regular basis but not by all Plastic Surgeons. You will want to research and interview several surgeons to see which one(s) you feel best connected to and what their experience is in doing this type of transfer. It is important to note that this type of fat transfer is not the same as a buttock implant and has a different set of issues unique to fat transfer that you will want to thoroughly discuss with your surgeon prior to the surgery. Hope this helps.
J. Wethe, M.D.
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