C. U. Kesh Nawada, M.D.

1121 1st St S, Winter Haven, FL 33880

Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting or Fat Injection) – Winter Haven, Tampa, Orlando, Central FL

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Fat Transfer Overview

For patients with excess fat in some areas of their body, but not enough in other areas, central Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Kesh Nawada performs fat transfer surgery at his Winter Haven facility. During a fat transfer, or fat grafting surgery, Dr. Nawada removes excess fat from the patient using traditional liposuction. Once the removed fat has been purified, it can be injected or grafted to another area of the body, like the breasts or butt, to create the patient's desired curves. For patients who are good candidates, fat transfer surgery offers many benefits: unwanted fat is removed and volume can be added to the patient's needed areas without an implant, such as the face, or wherever needed in the body. Fat transfer also produces more natural-looking, subtle results than implants. Central Florida residents, including those in and between, Orlando and Tampa, who are ready to re-distribute their body fat to create their ideal contours, should schedule a consultation with Dr. Nawada to learn more about their options and find out if they are a good candidate.

Fat Transfer Surgical Technique

During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss what donor sites will be most suitable and desirable for fat removal. During surgery, fat is removed from the donor site using a cannula. The fat will then be purified using a centrifuge, which is a device that spins the fat at a high speed in order to remove any impurities. The fat will be placed in a syringe and augmented into the transfer site. The surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where needed to create a satisfactory shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.

Fat Transfer During/After Surgery

A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases, especially where larger injection areas are concerned, general anesthesia will be used. For smaller areas, such as the lips, the surgeon will use a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the fat removal areas, as well as the injection sites may be swollen and red. This will subside in a short time. This procedure continues to be popular among patients because it offers little risk and little downtime, while delivering great results.

Fat Transfer Expected Cost

A fat transfer procedure will vary greatly in terms of cost, but the surgery could run as low as $3,000-$5,000, or as high as $5,000-$11,000. The reason for the expansive price range is because there are two procedures that have to be accounted — liposuction and the actual fat grafting/transfer process. The price is subjective until it is known how much fat is going to be removed from how many body parts and where the transfers will take place.

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Average Cost  
$3,000 - $11,000
Recovery Time  
2-4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
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Fat Transfer FAQs

Long-Lasting Results?

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a fat transfer can result in an enhanced appearance that can last for years. While some of the fat will be reabsorbed back into the body, a skilled fat transfer expert will understand the proper mechanism behind creating a result that will last. There are new modern techniques available to help lengthen the life of the transferred fat cells. Platelet Rich Plasma is an example of this. When added to the transferred fat, it can increase the cell survival. This is a therapy that is still being studied.

One-Time Surgery?

A fat transfer typically results in long-lasting fullness. However, because a portion of the transferred fat will be reabsorbed into the body over time, some of the results may diminish. The good news is that this is a procedure that can be performed again very easily, resulting in additional body contouring and enhancement.

Alternative Procedures

While fat transfers produce great results for many patients, there are other alternatives that some may consider. Luckily, the market for injectables is wide and diverse.  For patients desiring alternative soutions for volume, there are countless filler products that offer many different choices and options. Some fillers, including  Hyaluronic Acid, and Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) may last up to a year.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Prices given are for information only and can vary from patient to patient, or case by case, based on many factors like age, conditions and size of the anatomical area(s) needing to be dealt with and/or medical conditions and length of surgery, etc. Quoted prices may include: Surgeon’s Fee, Facility Fee, Anesthesia Fee and the cost of Post-Op Garments (Liposuction patients only).