With aging, men lose fat in certain areas of the body. As a result, their appearance and self-confidence suffers. The volume and definition that once was starts to deflate, leading to sagging skin. However, there is a way to restore these body contours and combat the signs of aging. Male Plastic Surgery LA offers body fat injections for men looking to add volume and improve their overall physique. Also known as a body fat transfer or body fat grafting, this treatment includes removing fat from one area of the body and selectively placing it in another.
What are body fat injections?
Body fat injections, opposed to filler, use the patient’s natural fat cells to add volume and contour areas of the body. Body fat injections are a minimally invasive procedure that should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Men may seek out body fat injections if they want to enhance the appearance of their shoulders, arms, pectorals, buttocks or calves.
Typically, a surgeon will harvest these fat cells while the patient undergoes liposuction. During liposuction, pockets of stubborn fat are removed and discarded. With Dr. Steinbrech’s trademarked BodyBanking® fat transfer procedure, those cells are able to be isolated and injected back into areas of the body that need more structure or volume. With this, patients are able to minimize the number of fat cells lost, which prevents any disproportionate weight gain and provides the best possible results without the risk of future complications.
How are body fat injections performed on men in LA?
Before undergoing body fat injections at Male Plastic Surgery LA, a preoperative consultation will determine which areas of the body are suitable for fat transfer. The harvesting of fat cells can be performed on men in one of two ways.
Most commonly, body fat injections are performed alongside liposuction. When the fatty deposits are extracted during surgery and intended for fat transfer, the cells are not discarded. Instead, they are cleansed of impurities using a centrifuge, which lowers the risk of complications and ensures maximum efficacy. The donor fat is then injected into the target areas, contouring the body to each patient’s desired shape and tone. This procedure takes one to two hours and can be more cost-effective for the patient.
If a male patient is not undergoing liposuction but is still interested in fat grafting, body fat injections can be administered without undergoing anesthesia. Your surgeon will first dispense a local anesthetic into the donor and treatment areas. Next, fluids are injected into the cells to aid in the removal of fat. The collected cells are then placed into a syringe to be processed and cleaned. Finally, the fat is injected into the patient’s desired areas.
Who is a good candidate for body fat injections?
Men in LA who have areas of the body that are disproportionate or lacking in volume or who want a more symmetrical appearance may be good candidates for Dr. Steinbrech’s body fat injection treatment. Male patients who are undergoing liposuction or are allergic to traditional bovine collagen may also be good candidates for body fat injections.
The best prospective patients should be in good physical health and have ample excess fat available for harvesting. Patients should be non-smokers, over the age of 18 and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure.
The benefits of body fat injections
Body fat injections, fat transfer or fat grafting have many advantages compared to other techniques:
- Relatively pain-free
- Minimal downtime
- Body fat is a natural form of filler therefore, the cells cannot be rejected after transfer
- Alternative for patients allergic to bovine collagen
- Yields natural-looking, long-lasting results
- Typically can be performed in one session
Considering body fat injections are minimally-invasive, there is little to no downtime associated with this procedure. Immediately following treatment, mild pain and discomfort are to be expected. However, these symptoms should subside. Bruising and swelling are also likely to occur at the injection sites but will dissipate. Recovery time varies according to each patient, how much body fat used and the location of the injection. Most patients will be able to return to work within a week. In most cases, the injections can last anywhere from a few months to permanently. Your surgeon will discuss a maintenance plan, if necessary, during your consultation.
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