Fat transfer surgery, also known as fat grafting, is a procedure that takes fat from one area of the body, then after the fat is harvested and purified, it can be transplanted it to another area. This cosmetic surgery is done to correct areas of the body that have become deflated or sallow by adding plumpness and volume. During a fat transfer procedure, Dr. Paresi first removes fat through liposuction, using one of several advanced liposuction techniques. During the initial consultation at the office in Downers Grove, Dr. Paresi will discuss the steps of the fat transfer procedure and help the patient understand their options for liposuction, areas where the fat will be removed, and where the fat will be placed. Many Chicago area patients chose to have their body, face, lips, buttocks, and breasts cosmetically enhanced with a fat transfer surgery and love their new, natural results.
"Dr. Paresi is an excellent plastic surgeon! I was welcomed by his classy educated staff, my consultation was amazing! Kim was fabulous, and Adi is an excellent patient consultant! I felt so confident because Dr P was the first surgeon who actually measured me and helped me select the perfect implants for my size body. Im an NPC womens figure/physique athlete and Dr Paresi incorporated science and beauty to make my breast augmentation a success! Im so glad i choose him, im 11 days post surgery and they look exactly how i wanted them to , i have an athletic body with perfect 36DD breasts!!! Hes amazing i had no pain because he used Experal as a pain desensitizer! I woke up from surgery and was like amazed at the only feeling i felt was sleepy! Im glad they used experal because its like i didnt feel anything!! Dr P and his staff also sent flowers to my house and his nurse Sheena was so sweet and nice , his surgical tech was great they all work amazing as a dream team !! I recommend this Dr and surgical center to everyone! If you want to be treated by educated trained professionals who know how to meet your needs then go to Inside Look! There silicon gel naturell implants are perfect! Dr P even took extra time to release some pectoral muscle so i have the perfect round full voluptuous cleavage i could ever dream of! They made me a new woman im so happy!!"- C.M. / Google / Nov 26, 2016
"Dr Paresi is a Very Wonderful Doctor! He is not only Very Professional and Very Intelligent but Very Kind as well! He goes above and beyond to make you happy about the results of your procedure. He is a perfectionist which is exceptional! I Highly Recommend his Services! Also his staff is so very friendly and always willing to help in such a nice manner! Margaret Richter"- M.M. / Facebook / Sep 28, 2019
"Great group of a professionals. Dr Paresis did a wonderful job and has great bedside manner. His staff was very helpful all the way through this process! I'm very happy with the results of my surgery. I was extremely happy with the many follow up appointments to make sure everything was healing correctly and to address any concerns I had."- H.S. / Google / Sep 17, 2019
"This is a great group. The office is clean and the staff is very friendly. The Dr spent plenty of time answering all my questions. I especially appreciate that they treat the follow up equally as import as the surgery itself. I am thrilled with the results and would go back to the same group if I chose to have any additional procedures."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 13, 2019
"Dr. Paresi and his staff are amazing! I had a wonderful experience from start to finish! Kim is very knowledgeable and personable. Regina is the sweetest soul to have walked this earth. Dr. Paresi is very experienced and took the time to answer all of my questions. I had a tummy tuck in April. I'm a mother of twins. I carried two heathy babies to term. The cost? My abdominals. There was a severe separation and I lacked core strength, not to mention... a waistline. Not only am I happy with the results, but the tightening of my abdominals has stopped ALL of my hip and lower back pain!"- J.M. / Google / Sep 11, 2019
During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The tissue will then be separated and purified so that only the healthy fat tissue remains for transplantation. The fat will be placed in a syringe and augmented into the transfer site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory, smooth shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.
A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon will use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short time. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.
A fat transfer procedure will vary greatly in terms of cost. The reason for the expansive price range is because there are two procedures that have to be accounted — liposuction and the actual fat grafting/transfer process. The price is subjective until it is known how much fat is going to be removed from how many body parts and where the transfers will take place.
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When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Plasma Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.
A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement.
While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse. An injection, such as BOTOX®, may produce the results some patient’s desire — especially where wrinkle correction is concerned. For patients desiring volume, there are countless filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including collagen and hyaluronic acid, offer temporary outcomes, while the heaviest of fillers, PMMA, offer lasting results.