Having the perfect figure used to be about specific measurements: 36-24-36. The bust and hips would measure 36 inches and the waist would be 24 inches. Today, an hourglass figure is not so much about precise measurements as it is about proportion, and getting a look that fits with your aesthetic goals and lifestyle.
If you desire a more stunningly curvaceous figure, there are a variety of cosmetic procedures that can be used alone or together to help you achieve your goals; such as a tummy tuck, body lift, buttock lift, breast augmentation and fat transfer. Fat transfer is becoming more popular in contouring an hourglass figure because it is less invasive than other procedures, uses fat from your own body, and creates a natural look. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Mashhadian at Rodeo Surgical Art is the best way to determine how you can achieve an hourglass figure; however, it is also important to understand how fat transfer can transform your body and give you the curves you desire.
WHAT IS FAT TRANSFER?
Ever wished you could send fat from where it’s less wanted, to where it could make a significant impact on enhancing the way you look? Now you can, with fat transfer. Fat transfer is a process where fat is extracted from one part of the body (donor site), purified, then injected into another part of the body (treatment area), slimming and narrowing one area of the body while volumizing and shaping another. Using fat transfer to achieve an hourglass figure involves removing fat from areas where you don’t want it, like the abdomen, flanks (sides) or thighs, and injecting the fat cells into the buttocks, hips or breasts. This two-in-one process helps trim you down where you want to look slimmer, and gives you curves where you desire them. The result: a beautiful, classically curved figure tailored exactly to you.
THE BENEFITS OF USING FAT TRANSFER TO ACHIEVE AN HOURGLASS FIGURE
When trying to achieve an hourglass figure, fat transfer is less invasive than other cosmetic procedures or implants. Fat transfer removes unwanted stubborn fat from trouble areas, and redistributes it to parts of the body that need added volume and contouring. Small injections are used instead of incisions, which means less chance of infection, complications or scarring, as well as less downtime.
The injections are placed strategically and meticulously, allowing Dr. Mashhadian to precisely contour your figure to meet your aesthetic goals. Because fat transfer uses your own fat cells to reshape your body, there is less chance of an allergic reaction or rejection. In addition, the fat harvested from your body is all natural and therefore it looks and feels more real than artificial implants.
THE FAT TRANSFER PROCEDURE
Fat transfer can be performed with “twilight sedation” (which means you are not unconscious, but are instead in a completely relaxed and pain-free state and will not remember the procedure) or general anesthesia. Two sites will be prepped for surgery: the donor site where fat is extracted, and the treatment area where fat will be injected. Once you are sedated and both sites are ready, the procedure will begin with liposuction at the donor site.
Liposuction serves a dual purpose—it providing targeted slimming and sculpting at the donor site, and harvests the fat cells that will be used to volumize your chosen treatment area. A small tube, or cannula, will be inserted into the donor area to extract the fat. Once the fat cells are extracted, they are put through a purification process and separated from any additional liquid and tissue that may have been removed during liposuction.
Dr. Mashhadian will then inject your purified fat cells carefully and precisely into your desired treatment area, whether your hips, buttocks or breasts, thereby creating the shape you’re after. The entire fat transfer procedure takes approximately two hours. If additional cosmetic procedures are performed in conjunction with fat transfer, additional time may be required.
RECOVERY EXPECTATIONS AND RESULTS
Immediately following surgery, and for the next week, you can expect some redness, swelling, bruising and discomfort at both the donor and injection site. Small scabs may develop where the cannula was inserted for liposuction as well as where fat cells were injected. These are all normal, and will resolve on their own, but in the meantime, cold compresses and oral pain medications can ease your discomfort. Dr. Mashhadian will advise you about what pain medications to take, as some medications, such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, can cause increased bleeding.
In addition, Dr. Mashhadian will send home detailed post-op instructions. Follow them carefully and plan to take it easy for the next month. Because fat cells can die if they do not receive sufficient blood flow, it is very important to keep pressure off the treatment site in the weeks immediately following surgery. Do not exercise or exert yourself. Depending on where the treatment site is, Dr. Mashhadian will provide you with information on what you need to do to ensure the transferred fat is able to survive. For example, if fat transfer is done to the buttock, you will need to sleep on your stomach.
Most patients can return to their job and other daily activities after about a week or two, but exercise and more intense activities should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks. Between two and three months post-surgery, the fat transfer should be established, and you will be able to see the full results of your brand new figure. Your final results are considered permanent, but this will depend on you – maintaining a stable, healthy weight is key to ensuring that you keep your new curves intact.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES OF FAT TRANSFER?
There are downsides to any procedure or surgery. The most significant drawback to fat transfer is fat reabsorption. It can take up to four days for blood vessels to reach the newly transferred fat. Because of this, as much as 60 percent of the transferred fat can potentially be reabsorbed within those first four days following surgery. The injection site may be over-filled to compensate for the anticipated reabsorption. Occasionally, if too much fat is reabsorbed, a repeat fat transfer procedure is needed to achieve optimal results.
While complications from fat transfer are extremely rare, some patients have experienced fatty lumps beneath the skin at the injection site, uneven texture, infection, unbalanced fat reabsorption, bleeding and scarring. Dr. Mashhadian’s extensive training and meticulous techniques can help to minimize these risks, but call Rodeo Surgical Art at any time if you have concerns or are experiencing side effects that seem out of the norm.
If you do not have sufficient fat in your body to “donate”, you may require a traditional implant augmentation instead.