When certain parts of the body lack fat and require additional volume for aesthetic purposes, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin, the skilled cosmetic surgeons of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City may recommend fat grafting (also called a fat transfer surgery or fat injections). For this procedure, fat is removed through liposuction or a small needle and the fat is then processed to clean it. Afterwards, the fat is injected into areas like the buttocks, breasts or face. For the face, fat grafting can be used to fill in lines, wrinkles, folds and hollow areas that can age a patient. Since the patient’s own fat is used, the procedure is more natural and produces more realistic-looking results.
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"Dr. Chaplin is AMAZING! I was a bit apprehensive since she was a woman surgeon but I was so pleased with her and her talent. She takes great pride in her work and has a unique woman's eye for aesthetic beauty. I had a full body lift with fat transfer to the buttocks. I was 310 before WLS and 165 stable for a few years. I never thought I would have surgery but it was one of the best decisions I've made. If I am lucky enough to have another procedure I will definitely use her again. She also has a great bedside manner and is especially skilled!"- T.T. / Google / Mar 04, 2021
"Dr Nuveen is AMAZING! He has done both my surgeries. My first surgery I had a tummy tuck, arm liposuction, and fat transfer to buttocks. Second surgery after 8 months I came back and got butt implants & lower back liposuction. He gave me that shape & I’m so inlove with my results!! He is so caring & sweet. He understands your needs & wants! I HIGHLY recommend him! I definitely will be back for my rhinoplasty & a few more surgeries! ⌛️"- H.B. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
"Dr Nuveen is AMAZING! He has done both my surgeries. My first surgery I had a tummy tuck, arm liposuction, and fat transfer to buttocks. Second surgery after 8 months I came back and got butt implants & lower back liposuction. He gave me that shape & I’m so inlove with my results!! He is so caring & sweet. He understands your needs & wants! I HIGHLY recommend him! I definitely will be back for my rhinoplasty & a few more surgeries!"- H.B. / Facebook / May 27, 2022
"I’m so glad I chose Dr. Nuveen to do my Smart Lift!!! He and all his staff were wonderful to me before, during, and after the surgery. I’m very, very happy with my results!!!"- P.C. / Google / Mar 13, 2018
"This has been my "second chance!" Thanks to Dr. Nuveen who went above and beyond what needs I could meet to fasclitate the necessary procedures. I came in with several difficult problems that required extra attention. He met all those special needs. He changed my life by at least 10 years, most say 15!!!?? He's the most caring and patient surgeoun in the area. I interviewed 7 that have practised 20+ years. Here is where YOU belong. His staff is so loving and kind and check on you walk you through EVERYTHING from day one. Any questions? Answered with concern. Nervous, anxious like me, they are gentle with you. The facility is more like a home setting than hospital, which it is. The anesthesiologist is wonderful, love her. This is more than surgery, these people and, Dr. Nuveen, change lives. Thank you all. Sincerely, Karla K. Strickland. I didn't want anyone to see my before, well, they've been seeing them for 58 years. Here's how i look 1/2318 vs the New Years Eve 3 weeks earlier. This is why you want, Dr. Nuveen??"- K.S. / Yellowpages / Jan 23, 2018
During this procedure, fat is removed from the donor sites via liposuction. An antibiotic solution is used which allows for a complete separation of the fat so that only healthy tissue is used for reinjection. This fat is prepared in syringes and slowly reinstated into the body part where shape and contour are needed. During the injection process, the area will be slowly massaged so the fat deposits settle in compact layers for the best contour finish possible. Normally, multiple injections are necessary to create an even spread of fat and achieve an ideal outcome.
Fat transfer treatment is performed with general anesthesia when it covers larger areas while local anesthesia or IV sedation is used if the area to be treated is small. Both methods will be treated as an outpatient treatment at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure will cause swelling and bruising on both the removal and injection sites. These side effects will subside in a few days. Recovery time depends on several factors, including how many body parts were involved in the surgery, as well as how much fat was transferred. Scarring is generally minimal with this procedure as the incisions made are just big enough for the cannula to be inserted.
Fat Transfer Expected Cost
The cost for a fat transfer will vary. Again, it will depend on the size of the area treated and how much fat was removed and transferred. For most cases the price is $3,385, and can go as high as $11,000.
**Fee's that are posted are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until exam. Consent in perpetuity until canceled in writing.
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Fat Transfer FAQs
How Long do the Results Last?
A fat transfer procedure can give results that will last for years. While the concern of fat reabsorption is something to consider, a skilled surgeon will be able to maximize the outcome by using the tested techniques in terms of fat layering. There is an ongoing research study that promises long-term stability of these grafted fat tissues, which involves Platelet Rich Plasma to enhance fat cells before transplanting them into the body.
Loss of Volume?
When properly performed, a fat transfer can last a long time. In areas where the fat does get resorbed, the area can continue to be tweaked. For patients who want to continue to have volume enhancement, but desire natural results (i.e., lip enhancement), this is an ideal procedure. This is especially the case for those who are not comfortable using an implant.
What About Scarring?
Scarring is minimal during a fat transfer procedure. Any scars that remain will be small (either where the cannula or the syringe was inserted for the transfer). The incisions are usually placed in areas where they can be concealed by clothing.
For loss of facial volume, there are treatments that may be considered that will also produce positive results. For wrinkle problems, an injectable filler may be suitable. These fillers may include collagen or hyaluronic acid. For long-term results, patients may consider PMMA, an injectable filler that offers a semi-permanent solution. Every option can be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
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