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Fat Transfer

Is fat the enemy? Or is it our best friend? Current research shows that the latter is true — fat is our friend! It turns out that fat is extremely durable. This quality makes it possible to relocate fat to different parts of the body. Modern techniques allow the doctors at South Bay Plastic Surgeons to perform a fat transfer, which is done by removing fat from areas where patients do not want it (often the abdomen or hips) and moving it to places where patients want more volume or fullness. The fat can be placed anywhere on the face or body. The most common sites for fat transfer for our patients from Torrance, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, and other South Bay communities are the face, breasts, and buttocks.

Common Sites for Fat Transfer:

  • Face
  • Breasts/Chest
  • Buttocks

Fat Transfer to the Face

As we age, the skin loses essential volume and elasticity, resulting in wrinkles, lines, and indentations. This is most apparent in the face. The fat that gives us the full cheeks and smooth skin of our youth begins to break down, and the face loses its youthful contours and plumpness. This volume can be restored with fillers, but most fillers only last a few months so they have to be repeated. In contrast, fat provides permanent volume restoration to the face and it is entirely natural. These characteristics make the face the most common site for fat transfer.

Fat can be injected into various areas on the face. The most common area is the cheek. Other areas include the hallow areas along the lower eyelids, the “smile lines” also known as the nasolabial folds, the temples, lips, nose, chin, and jawline.

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Can I have fat transfer to my face if I have used fillers in the past?

Absolutely, yes! Fat is an excellent alternative or supplement to facial fillers including JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra®. Injected fat will not interfere with any of these products. One of the many benefits of fat is that it is permanent, in contrast to most of the fillers available. In fact, getting fat transfer to the face is more economical than fillers in the long run since it offers permanent results. Patients often comment that fat feels and looks more natural than fillers as well.

Fat Transfer to the Breasts

Fat transfer to the breasts is a common technique in Los Angeles. This procedure is often referred to as Natural Breast Augmentation or Natural Breast Enhancement. Fat is usually taken from the hips, abdomen, or thighs via liposuction through small incisions. The fat is then processed and injected into the breasts through small incisions measuring less than the width of your fingernail. The injected fat lasts forever, in contrast to implants which have a limited lifespan. Most patients can expect an increase in one cup size with this procedure. The procedure can be repeated for those patients that prefer to have a larger increase in their breast size.

It is important to note that there are some concerns regarding fat transfer to the breasts due to breast cancer screening with mammograms. If you are considering fat transfer to the breasts, also known as Natural Breast Enhancement or Natural Breast Augmentation, please discuss this with your Torrance physician during your initial consultation at South Bay Plastic Surgeons.

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Fat Transfer to the Chest in Men

Many men notice that their chest appears to sag or droop with age. This is partially related to loss of fat and muscle along the upper chest that fills out the chest skin at younger ages. One way to restore this contour is to add fat to the upper chest. This can give the appearance of a healthy, younger, and more muscular chest. Fat transfer to this area is simple, satisfying, and requires minimal recovery time.

Fat Transfer to the Buttocks

Traditional augmentation of the buttock area requires buttock implants. Implants in this location can be very uncomfortable while sitting. A new alternative to buttock implants is fat! During a Brazilian butt lift procedure, fat is typically removed from unwanted areas over the hips and thighs. Removal of fat in these areas helps to sculpt and accentuate the shape of the buttocks. The removed fat is then transferred to the central buttocks in order to improve projection and create a youthful round buttock shape. Only a few small incisions are required instead of the larger incisions required for implants and recovery time is minimal! Also, the transferred fat lasts forever, in contrast to implants that may eventually need to be replaced.

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Getting a Breast Augmentation was something that I have always wanted to do. Being in the foster care system taught me to be an independent woman, and as a part of that, I sought out to fix something about myself I was never truly comfortable with. It didn’t take long to find the perfect match for me. Once I found my team, I didn’t think twice. To Rachel the “Bra Fitter”, thank you for always making me feel comfortable during those awkward times of the fittings, and ensuring me that I was always in good hands. If they had a sales position for your job, you would be the best, and your communication was unparalleled. To Dr. Burrell the “Mastermind”, thank you for helping me trust doctors again. I trusted you implicitly with every direction that we took. You are so skilled in what you do and the passion you have for your job shows in every conversation we had. To Krishna the “Sweetest Receptionist”, thank you for welcoming me with open arms. I have had so many horrible interactions when it came to doctors’ offices, and your awesome smile made me feel like home. I never knew offices like yours could be so welcoming. Though you are the first face everyone sees when you walk in, I am honored that you took so much time out of your day to check in on me. To Olga the “Unbelievable Recovery Nurse”, thank you for walking me through my day-of procedures and what to expect. You handled my fear of needles like a champ, and I know I am not easy to deal with when it comes to “the poke”. I was so nervous before, but your calming bedside manner made me feel as though I was talking to my very own best friend. To Dr. Patel the “Vein Champagne Supplier”, thank you for being by my side. You knew exactly what to say to keep me calm. Our pre-operation call was like speaking to someone’s mother. You walked me through everything step by step and knowing you were by my side during the surgery made it all the more easy! To Chelsea the “Nurse with the biggest smile”, thank you for keeping my emotions high. Your demeanor made me feel so comfortable! Last but not least, to Cara the “Raddest Nurse”. How could you forget a girl like her? She was amazing. From the moment she walked in the room, I knew I was in good hands. You were so gentle, and I could tell you cared. It’s often easy to forget about all the people that made this happen, and if I did, I apologize-must be the drugs!  I am beyond thrilled with everything so far, and even more, I am so happy to have been surrounded by such amazing people throughout this journey. If you are looking for a place to go, this is the absolute best choice in the South Bay! -Madison Lucci
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Aug 17, 2020
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To Ni-Jui Liang,MD I am very happy with the result..! I’m glad choose you as my doctor I give you Thousand stars and thumbs up... Thank you 🙂
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Aug 14, 2020
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Dr Newman and Dr Liang both have great bedside manners!! Dr Newman is a perfectionist in my opinion, I have had a few surgeries for breast reconstruction (due to breast cancer) and I fully trust his judgement when making decisions during surgery, and I am 💯 % pleased with each outcome! The front office staff is amazing as well. The office is warm and welcoming!
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Dec 6, 2019
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Elizabeth Lopez has my akin glowing!! I go every month!! Love love my Aesthetician
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Oct 31, 2019
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Ni Jui Liang, MD performed surgery to remove cancer in my arm. From the first visit until the last Dr. Liang and the staff at South Bay Plastic Surgery were amazing. Not only are they incredibly nice and courteous but Dr. Liang is a miracle worker! When my surgery was done I had many stitches and expected to have a horrible scar. To make things even more difficult he had to work on an area where my wife's name was tattooed. Somehow he was able to remove the cancer sew my arm back and you can't even see a scar!!! Thank you so much for your amazing skills and your great bedside manner. I would highly recommend them to everyone. And my wife is so happy that her name is still boldly emblazoned on my arm and in my heart. Thank you again Dr. Liang and South Bay Plastic Surgery Charlie Woods
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May 22, 2019
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Dr Jewell did my breast augmentation in October 2018. The result is very natural and I am so happy with it! I am forever grateful to Dr Jewell and the whole team at South Bay Plastic Surgeons. Thanks for advising me and for the amazing result!
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Mar 26, 2019
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Doctors are awesome told me wat could happen wat they recommend gives you time to think about it the ma are very professional aswell
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Mar 6, 2019
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Great experience with Dr. Liang! I lost over 100 lbs naturally and after my breast looked completely deflated. The whole process was made easy by Dr. Liang and the staff at South Bay Plastic Surgeons. They were very helpful and always made me feel comfortable. I am now 2 months post op from having an augmentation and lift and I couldn’t be happier. They are full and lifted and feel completely natural. I had an overall great experience and I recommend Dr. Liang highly.
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Dec 27, 2018
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Lou at South Bay Plastic Surgeons did an amazing job on my various lines on my face....I have had so many people coming up to me asking what kind of facial regimen I use and I tell them it’s all Lou....I have 3 other friends that swear by her, she is so good at injections...it doesn’t hurt! Thank you Lou and Southbay Plastic Surgeons for your professional service!
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Nov 29, 2018
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Dr. Newman is the best! I recommend him to all of my friends and family! I have had multiple procedures with Dr. Newman and I cannot express how happy I truly am! Dr. Newman and all of the staff were very helpful throughout the entire process. Even on Christmas eve when I had a concern, Dr. Newman himself called me back to address my needs. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Newman and the staff for bringing back some needed confidence into my life!!
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Sep 26, 2018
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After my mastectomy in 2014, Dr. Spenler performed my reconstruction surgeries (insertion of expander then later replacement with implant). I cannot speak more highly of him. Dr. Spenler is an excellent surgeon and a caring person. The office runs very efficiently and all the personnel there helped me navigate my way through the whole experience. I am so happy that 4 1/2 years ago, I chose South Bay Plastic Surgeons to be a part of my journey through breast cancer/reconstruction. I have had zero complications and now happily back to my new normal.
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Sep 19, 2018
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Life can throw some zingers. At 60 I got the news of breast cancer. Modern medicine and superb medical professionals got me through two lumpectomies and radiation treatment without missing a beat with our retirement travels. Then at 68 I got the news that I had breast cancer again. This time I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I had a surgeon for the mastectomy in mind but did not have a clue as to who to go to for the reconstruction. Dr Whitney Burrell came highly recommended by my surgeon. My oncologist was happy with my selection and put me in their caring hands. Dr Burrell is down-to-earth and no-nonsense – an approach that resonates well with me. I looked forward to my weekly visits during reconstruction. Her sunny personality brightened my day. I am now finished and very happy with the results. It is important to find a team of doctors that you feel comfortable with and believe in and that work well together as doctors. I believe it made my recovery so much easier. I highly recommend Dr Whitney Burrell for breast reconstruction surgery. She is a highly skilled and caring plastic surgeon. I also commend the support team Dr Burrell works with at South Bay Plastic Surgeons. They are well trained professionals. The staff works out of a suite of rooms that are nicely appointed, simple, clean, and efficiently organized. My office visits were very pleasant and comfortable as well as timely.
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Sep 8, 2018
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Lou at South Bay Plastic Surgeons made me feel so much better about myself. I have hated, the lines around my mouth, jawls (as I call them) and the lines at the top of my head. It's bothered me for years but I finally did something about it. She used fillers, and Botox to take away the aging I was feeling. I was just around several friends at a party and they said I looked so rested and younger looking, what was my secret??? The greatest thing is no one suspected I had Botox or fillers done. That's what made me so happy. I never wanted people thinking of me ......"OMG what did that lady do to her face". This was so natural looking, nothing drastic so my friends just thought I was taking better care of my skin. I can't thank Lou and the team at South Bay Plastic Surgeons for making me feel younger!
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Jun 11, 2018
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May 17, 2018
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Dr Burrel is a very talented surgeon and has such an amazing and positive vibe. I am truly grateful she was the one to do my reconstruction after my mastectomy in 2016. I highly recommend her and her team.
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Apr 13, 2018
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Dr Mewman is the best surgeon, you’re in the best hands! His beside manners are genuine and he truly cares for his patients. I don’t worry about my outcome because Dr Newman is the best of the best and really cares about his patients! He is helping me get my life back after my double mastectomy and I trust him completely! Thanks again for all you do not just for me but all your patience! 💗
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Dec 11, 2017
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The Spa at Southbay. Angelique is amazing at clearing up teen acne! Her skin recommendations help quickly! She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. My teens say thank you!
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Jul 26, 2017
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I cannot thank Dr. Newman and his wonderful staff enough for the amazing results from breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy. Dr. Newman is everything one would hope for in a doctor...kind, calm, answers any and all questions, and above all, his work is second to none. If you are looking for a top notch plastic surgeon in the South Bay, look no further.
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Mar 2, 2017
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Everyone there is pleasant and professional. Dr. Jewell is great!
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Feb 13, 2017
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Dr. Arnstein and Nurse Debbie are the best!!! That made me feel so special and more than just another patient. They genuine and caring. Can't wait to finish my body works, made me feel and look amazing!
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Mar 15, 2016
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Dr. Burrell is AMAZING! I wouldn't want anyone else helping me through turning my breast cancer journey into a positive one!
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Dec 10, 2015
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Doctor jewel was amazing
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Oct 28, 2015
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My experience with Dr. Michael Newman and the entire staff at South Bay Plastic Surgeons has been phenomenal from the first visit through my post op appointments! My journey began with a consult visit with Dr. Newman and Yvette, his Patient Care Coordinator. Dr. Newman asked several questions to understand my decision to have breast augmentation surgery and shared detailed information I needed to make the best decision for my body type and size preference. When he exited the fun began with Yvette providing me with a bra so we could determine my desired implant size, then on to 3D simulation imaging so I could somewhat envision the size I selected. Yvette was delightful, humorous, and answered all my questions without hesitation offering her opinion only if I asked. I even received a complimentary SBPS t-shirt...thanks guys! At the surgical center, Dr. Newman's bedside manner was gentle, encouraging, confident and very professional; consistent characteristics I've recognized throughout my pre and post op visits with him. And by the way, my surgery was a huge success, recovery uneventful, and my desired results achieved 100%!! Overall, I can't say enough positive comments about SBPS from the front office, medical assistants, patient coordinators, to my surgeon Dr. Newman. My surgery was in July and I continue to have the same positive experience with each post op visit. Thanks to each of you for making my very serious and personal decision to have breast augmentation surgery one of the best decisions I've ever made!
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Jul 17, 2015
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This was definitely as good as it gets. Before I went to SBPS I did a bunch of research on who and where I wanted to get my breast augmentation done by, I also work in a hospital and every person I came across gave me Dr. Newman's name to go and get a consultation with him and so I did. It was the best choice i could of made. He was absolutely amazing in every way, he was extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable every time I saw him. I was a B cup before going into surgery we agreed on a mutual size and put in 475cc, I went in feeling extremely comfortable with the size and came out of the surgery feeling even more confident then before. I have always been an athlete and my weight fluctuates pretty often so I had a little asymmetry going into the surgery and the implants completely fixed it for me. I would recommend Dr. Newman to anyone and everyone because he truly is the best at what he does, he looks for the best interest of the patients health and well being and will give you nothing but honest opinions and help you along your beauty makeover. I hope many of you find this as helpful in your decision.
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Dec 17, 2014
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This group has excellent Plastic Surgeons coupled with caring staff. I personally manage a lot of their pathology cases from their office and Surgery Center; extremely easy to manage. Great Work!!! Josh (Bio-Path)
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I know all the Dr's are amazing .. but, I'm a Dr. Spenler girl!! I am in the midst of my reconstruction surgery with him and he is doing am awesome job on my reconstruction! ! Thank you Dr. Spenler for taking your time with me and always making me feel like all my questions are answered and explained fully. 🙂
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Dr. Newman was my fifth and final consult for a breast augmentation. When I met him, I knew he was someone who was trustworthy, knowledgeable, honest, and competent. He's got extensive training with doctors who've innovated breast augmentation surgery. I've gone to four doctors in Beverly Hills and they do not hold up to Dr. Newman's professionalism. His pricing is very competitive and there's a lot of options regarding where you can get your procedure done. His staff is wonderful and registration was an easy process. There's no tricks, no gimmicks. What he says is what you really can expect. I've had some apprehension with other doctors I've seen but Dr. Newman made me feel so much at ease. I'm so excited to schedule my surgery!
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I LOVE SBPS! Dr. Newman took wonderful care of me after my breast cancer diagnosis-I was TOTALLY satisfied & amazed with his numerous reconstruction surgeries for me, as well as his kind and caring concern & response to my needs. I am now blessed to be cancer free & use the other wonderful services SBPS offer! I HIGHLY recommend them, they are awesome and I am forever grateful for their care. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Oct 25, 2013
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Dr. Newman, Very understanding plastic surgeon. Great person to have as a doctor!
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Dr. Jewel is the best...I am five years Breast Cancer free and my reconstruction she did was fabulous...I still get compliments on my Tram Flap procedure! Thank you Dr. Jewel and Dr. Lavia!
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had opted for a double mastectomy. I was given the name of Dr. Newman for reconstructive surgery. I was frightened, and worried. I wasn't sure what to expect or what was entailed. Upon arrival at his office, I was greeted with a warm smile, his office is soothing and I found Dr. Newman to be calm and compassionate. Dr. Newman did the reconstruction, and follow up surgeries. Still unsure of the outcome, I was a bit wary. Treatment of breast cancer can be a long process. Over the course of time, and many office visits, I was always greeted with a warm smile, and always kindness from his staff. Dr. Newman never made me feel rushed or in a hurry. Every step of the process was explained in detail. I was quite surprised how natural my results were. I feel great, I thought I would feel self conscience about my appearance, and was worried about scarring. I have very minimal scars and am so grateful for my outcome. I feel so blessed to have come through this whole process without fear, and I have Dr. Newman and his staff to thank for my easy journey.
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I had a lower facelift done. Dr Newman and his staff were not only knowledgable and experienc but were kind and compassionate. Dr Newman knew what results I wanted more than I even did. Could not recommend him and all the wonderful people he works with more
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I had a gift certificate to get a facial and it was so nice. They really told me alot about my face and how to take care of it. The staff was so knowledgable and nice.

How Is Fat Transfer Done?

Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery and minimal scarring. Fat is harvested using traditional liposuction through a few small incisions, typically less than the width of your fingernail. The fat is then processed to remove the excess fluid and damaged fat cells. The remaining healthy fat cells are injected into any area of the face or body using a needle. The fat is placed in small droplets under the skin and deeper in the tissues to add volume and projection.

Recovery After Fat Transfer

Results are immediate and recovery is minimal. Patients go home the same day as the procedure. Most patients experience some noticeable bruising and swelling following their procedure for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. Most patients can return to full function within one week. It may take up to 6 months for new blood vessels to grow and for the new fat to become fully integrated into the area. Some of the injected fat will be absorbed by the body over the first 6 months, so patients may need follow-up treatments. This will be evaluated approximately 6 months after the procedure when swelling has completely resolved and early results are visible. Firmer, smoother skin and improved contour will persist for many decades following initial treatments!

The History of Fat Transfer

Fat has been used to add volume to parts of the face and body for decades and its many uses continue to evolve. Fat transfer developed along with the advancement of liposuction in the 1980s. As liposuction techniques improved over the past few decades, techniques for preservation and transfer of this fat also improved. Current fat transfer techniques involve using low levels of suction to prevent damage of the cells during liposuction harvesting. Processing of the fat is performed through a variety of methods, again with care to avoid damaging the cells. The concentrated fat is then injected into the face or body in small droplets to allow blood vessels to grow into the fat and allow the fat cells to live forever in their new environment. Some of the injected fat is absorbed by the body, but the remaining fat stays alive permanently.

Fat transfer is a technique that has many names. Some of these alternative names include:

  • Stem cell transfer
  • Fat grafting
  • Fat injection
  • Lipostructure
  • Liposculpting
  • Lipo-injection
  • Lipo-filling
  • Micro-grafting

How Does Fat Transfer Work?

Recent research has shown that fatty tissue may contain stem cells. These are natural cells that exist in the body. Stem cells have the ability to multiply and adapt to their environment. This may allow them to add thickness to the skin or create more blood flow, providing more nutrition to the surrounding tissues. In fact, some research has shown that transferred fat cells can actually improve skin that has been damaged from scars, radiation, or aging. Our patients who have a fat transfer in Torrance often notice improvement of their skin quality and appearance starting within a few weeks after the procedure. Certainly the added volume from the fat cells also provides improved contour of the treated areas as well.

Is Fat Transfer Safe?

Fat transfer has been performed safely for over 30 years. Mild complications have been reported including small lumps or cysts under the skin. Most of these complications have been minimized with newer techniques of small droplet injection. Fat injection is very safe and approved for use in the face, breast, and body. There are some reservations regarding fat transfer to the breasts due to breast cancer screening with mammograms. If you are considering fat transfer to the breasts in Torrance, also known as Natural Breast Augmentation or Natural Breast Enhancement, you should discuss this during your consultation with one of the doctors at South Bay Plastic Surgeons.

Can I Save Some Fat for Later?

Yes! The doctors at South Bay Plastic Surgeons currently have the ability to save your fat for later use. That way you can have some young, healthy fat saved up for later when you need it. The fat you currently don’t want on your tummy, hips, or thighs is removed through liposuction and banked in a specialized freezer at an official fat banking center. You can then use that fat later whenever you want to add volume to various parts of your face or body, or if you just want some youthful fat cells to rejuvenate your skin. Fat banking is available now and it will likely become more common in the future as more banking centers become available. Come in for a consultation with one of the South Bay Plastic Surgeons to discuss your options.

For more information about fat transfer at our Torrance practice, request a consultation online at South Bay Plastic Surgeons. Or you can call our office at (310) 784-0644 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

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