Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, is a fat transfer specialist and offers this natural cosmetic approach to help address contour irregularities and replace lost volume. The patient’s own fat is removed via liposuction and specifically prepared for replacement in the areas of concern.
Where is Fat Transfer Used?
Common areas for fat transfer include the face for facial rejuvenation. This includes fat grafting for under the eyes, within the cheeks and lips. Fat transfers are also common for laugh lines, as well as under the chin. One of Dr. Stephenson’s specialty procedures is gluteal reshaping, which involves a fat transfer to the buttocks, otherwise known as a Brazilian butt lift. Fat grafting helps to correct contour irregularities that may result from over aggressive liposuction and is often used during breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Finally, rejuvenation of the hands using fat from the patient’s own body can create gorgeous results, hiding obvious veins and tendons that become more apparent with age.
"Always Wanted a Breast Augmentation - Snellville, GA - Dr. Stephenson and his staff are EXCELLENT!!!!! Truly one of the best experiences of my life, thanks to this physician and his staff."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2016
"This review only contains a rating"- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 27, 2017
"Just What I Needed - AMAZING"- D. / RealSelf / Jun 30, 2017
"Wish I Would Have Done It (Breast Reduction) Sooner! - After years of chronic back pain and chest pain, my family doctor finally referred me to a plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, for a breast reduction. The pros about the surgery is that I had immediate relief from my back and chest pain. I have gained confidence in how I look as well. The cons is that one of my nipples was almost lost. Dr. Stephenson was able to keep the tissue alive and to..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 24, 2017
"Was very pleased with Dr. Stephenson and his staff, in the way they provided personalized treatment for my procedure. Everyone is extremely patient and knowledgeable, and I highly recommend them for your personalized procedure!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 21, 2017
Patients that desire to have a fat transfer must meet the following qualifications:
- They must have an adequate amount of available fat to extract
- They must have good skin laxity and tone
- They should be in good health and a non-smoker
What to Expect
Dr. Stephenson will evaluate your overall health, the area(s) of available fat as well as your skin quality. The area(s) to have grafting will also be evaluated to judge its suitability for receiving grafts. This evaluation will help him develop your individual plan. During the consultation, Dr. Stephenson encourages you to discuss any areas of your appearance that concern you as well what you hope to accomplish with surgery. This will help Dr. Stephenson understand your goals and expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.
Fat Grafting/Transfer Recovery
Swelling and bruising are expected in the areas where fat was removed and transplanted, although this will vary between patients. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment may be necessary if larger amounts of fat are removed. Most patients can resume modest activity in 7-10 days if small amounts of fat are removed and in 6-8 weeks if large amounts of fat grafts are removed. Complete recovery from fat grafting surgery usually occurs in 6 months.
The cost for a fat transfer will vary greatly. Factors that affect pricing include the area size of the transfer, how much fat is removed, liposuction method, etc. A complete breakdown of the pricing will be detailed in the treatment plan.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Natural Results Today!
If you have an area on the body that has low volume due to weight loss, aging or genetics, a fat transfer may be a great option to consider. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephenson so that he can assess the areas for treatment. Fat transfers result in a smooth, fuller shape and can be placed in areas as small as the lips, or as large as the buttocks.