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A fat transfer, also known as a fat graft, can augment your features using your own excess fat for safe, effective results. Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez supplements procedures such as Brazilian butt lifts and breast augmentations using a fat transfer at his practice in Pittsburgh, PA. By removing excess fat with liposuction from the abdomen, thighs, or back and augmenting and sculpting another area of the body, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can address multiple problem areas and rejuvenate your appearance.

Close-up of a woman's smooth abdomen.
Fat transfers offer patients a less invasive option for rejuvenating their body while also eliminating excess fat. 

Benefits and Candidacy

For patients who have concerns about dermal fillers or implants in particular, fat transfers offer a natural and less invasive alternative. Because a fat transfer relies on tissue from your own body, it eliminates the possibility of rejection or allergic reaction. Consequently, it is considered a safe and effective method for enhancing contours. In addition, because this procedure will harvest fat from another area of the body, you can enhance your overall appearance. You can augment targeted areas while reducing stubborn pockets of fat from the arms, abdomen, legs, or back.

A fat transfer can help patients address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, such as: 

  • Fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume in the face
  • Wrinkled and veiny hands
  • Misshapen buttocks
  • Small, asymmetrical, or disproportionate breasts

Patients should be in good overall health. Smoking or use of tobacco products in particular can put you at higher risk for post-surgical complications. Additionally, you must have enough fat to undergo liposuction. If you do not have a sufficient amount of excess tissue, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez may recommend another procedure to achieve your goals. 

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will perform a thorough examination to ensure you are in good physical health and determine if a fat transfer is best for you. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, he can create a treatment plan formatted to meet your unique needs. Fat can either be extracted on its own or in conjunction with procedures such as a breast augmentationtummy tuck, or Brazilian butt lift. Once you are satisfied with the treatment plan, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for your surgery.

A fat transfer can help you subtly augment your features with safe, natural-looking results. 

On the day of your appointment, our team will administer general anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. To perform your fat transfer, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will first remove the excess fat tissue using liposuction. He uses precise techniques to contour your body while safely removing excess tissue. Once extracted, the fat is purified using a centrifuge filtration process. Once the fat has been separated and purified, we can reinject the healthy cells. Depending on the area to be augmented, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will either use a small needle or thin tube to inject the fat and carefully sculpt it to achieve a plumper and smoother appearance. If you are combining the transfer with other treatments, you may undergo the surgeries simultaneously or one after the other.  

Enhance Your Features

A fat transfer can help you subtly augment your features with safe, natural-looking results. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a fat graft, contact our team at ReNova Plastic Surgery online or by calling 412-638-2391 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez.


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