Dr. Carlton Scroggins - Plastic Surgery of Greater Washington DC

If you’re considering fat transfer surgery

The fat transfer procedure (“fat grafting”) can be performed to help patients who are experiencing signs of aging on the face, as well as those who lack volume in their buttocks. This procedure is performed in two parts: liposuction to extract the needed fat, and then fat injections into the target area. This procedure is often an ideal treatment because it reduces the risk of infection and complications. The reason for this is because the injected material is the patient’s own fat cells.

The following information can help you make an educated decision regarding your fat transfer procedure. However, only a qualified surgeon can determine the best course of treatment for you particular circumstance.

The Best Candidates for Fat Transfer Surgery

Individuals who are in good physical and psychological health, and have realistic expectations, may be good candidates for this procedure. Those who have excess fat in other areas of body and wish to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and creases in the face may be suitable for this procedure. Additionally, if you are interested in adding volume to the buttock area, fat transfer can be of great benefit. Patients who are interested in this procedure should be aware that all surgeries carry some risks and complications; these can be discussed during your consultation.

Planning Your Surgery

When meeting with your surgeon, a thorough examination is performed, the procedure is discussed in detail, and your questions/concerns are addressed. It is important to inform your doctor of any medications you are taking, if you smoke, or have any medical conditions. During this time, you can also discuss your options for facial fat transfer – add volume to the cheeks or lips, fill in line/wrinkles – and butt lift surgery. You may also inquire about fat transfer cost, as well as view before and after photos.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your surgeon will provide you with a list of directions in order to prepare for your procedure. It is extremely important that you follow these. If you are a smoker, it is best to quit for at least two weeks prior to your procedure, this will help in reducing the risk of complications during and after surgery. You should also plan to have someone drive you to and from your surgery; the after-effects of anesthesia my cause dizziness and render you unable to drive. Additionally, it is recommended that you get all medications needed for your recovery and any other items necessary to avoid having to go after.

Where your Surgery will be Performed

Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which can be done in the doctor’s office surgery suite or a hospital. The complexity of your procedure will determine which is best for your particular situation. Those who may require an overnight stay after the fat transfer procedure at a Washington, D.C. hospital may anticipate excellent patient care.

Types of Anesthesia

When performing the liposuction and butt lift portions of the procedure, most patients are under general anesthesia. This ensures they are asleep throughout the entire procedure, feel no pain, and have no memory of the surgery. During the facial fat grafting step, a topical anesthetic may be used to help numb the area. In some circumstances, a local anesthetic may be injected to numb the area to be treated and a sedative is used to help relax patient and put them in a “twilight” sleep. Your surgeon will help determine which option is best for your particular case.

The Surgery

Your surgeon will perform liposuction in Washington DC on the abdomen, hips, flanks, or thighs in order to extract the needed fat for transfer. Once the fat has been harvested, it is ready to be injected in either the buttocks or face. In facial treatments, lines, wrinkles, creases, gaunt cheeks, thin lips, and hollow eyes can be targeted. Fat transfer can be a beneficial alternative to facial implants as they oftentimes appear natural and provide a more youthful look.

During a buttock enhancement, the fat is strategically injected into areas that lack volume. Your doctor can reshape and sculpt the buttocks to achieve a curvier, more enhanced appearance. Because every patient has a unique anatomy and desired outcome, every procedure is personalized to meet his/her goals.

After your Surgery

Regardless of where the fat is injected, patients must be sure to follow all instructions provided for the liposuction recovery period. This includes refrain from strenuous activities for at least four weeks. In addition, some of the side effects that may be present include bruising, discomfort, and swelling. This should all subside in the weeks following the procedure. Butt lift patients must also be careful to not put too much pressure on the treated area for a few weeks post-surgery.

Getting Back to Normal

Facial fat transfer patients should be able to enjoy a refreshed and more youthful appearance immediately after their procedure, while butt lift patients will see a curvier shape in just a few weeks. Usually, patients may return to work in 10 to 14 days; however, it is highly recommended to refrain from strenuous activities for a few weeks in order to ensure proper healing. Scarring will be minimal and limited to incisions made for liposuction, which are typically small and inconspicuous.

Your New Look

Individuals may anticipate a more youthful facial appearance with added volume in order to restore a younger-looking facial contour. In addition, an all-around better-contoured body shape can be produced with this procedure.

You may schedule a complimentary fat transfer consultation with Dr. Scroggins, M.D. at his practice, within the Baltimore area,, by calling (301) 220-0400 or filling out a contact form.


Call Us Today For A Consultation(301) 220-0400

Carlton H. Scroggins, M.D.
7525 Greenway Center Dr.
Suite 113
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 220-0400
Fax: 301-220-1719

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