Maybe you have a deformity from a previous lumpectomy. Perhaps you have a breast reconstruction that needs improvement. Or maybe you are a patient that has suffered a traumatic disfigurement. You could be a patient that wants a more youthful, fuller cheek. You may be a candidate for fat injections. A novel technique in plastic surgery, called fat grafting, allows Dr. Schaefer to move your own fat from one area to another.
In this procedure, fat is harvested from your own body using liposuction. The fat is processed and reinjected with specialized techniques to allow the fat cells from one location to then live in a new location. Your own fat can be an ideal and permanent filler to improve deformities or rejuvenate your body.
Your Initial Consultation
Dr. Schaefer will spend time with you to fully explain his recommendations for you and answer all of your questions. During your consultation, he will perform a thorough medical analysis and devise a surgical plan based on your specific anatomy and goals.
Every aspect of your surgery will be customized depending on your specific needs, and Dr. Schaefer and his staff will make sure you are fully prepared for the procedure and know exactly what to expect.
What to Expect from Fat Grafting
Fat grafting can vary significantly depending on the application. The common thread with this procedure is that fat is harvested from your own body using liposuction techniques. Dr. Schaefer prefers to use a revolutionary technique called SAFELipo® to harvest the fat. The fat is then processed and reinjected with specialized techniques to allow the fat cells that came from one area of your body to now live in a new location. This can smooth contours and augment volume deficiencies. Sometimes, these procedures are done in the reconstructive realm and can be covered by insurance. Other times, the procedures are done for cosmetic improvements.
Fat grafting is typically done under a general anesthetic, but you can commonly go home the same day. Again, Dr. Schaefer will inform you fully about what is necessary for you to receive the safest and best possible result.
Recovery from Fat grafting
You can expect to be sore, swollen, and bruised in both the area where the fat was harvested and where it was injected, but that is common for any surgical procedure. We will provide you with pain medication to ease your discomfort, and you will have post-operative examinations so that Dr. Schaefer can monitor your progress.
It may take several months before you can see the final outcome of your fat grafting. The firmness that develops after liposuction and fat grafting will typically resolve over several months. Dr. Schaefer will let you know when you are cleared to return to work after your surgery; however, physical activities should be limited for a few weeks.
Can I Exercise After Fat Grafting?
Dr. Schaefer will monitor you as you heal and will let you know when you are cleared for exercise. Note that returning to workouts too early can cause serious setbacks, like internal bleeding.
Choosing a plastic surgeon to perform Fat Grafting
Choosing the right surgeon for fat grafting is of paramount importance. It is vital for your plastic surgeon to have the right qualifications and credentials, such as board certification and good standing with the various medical boards. The surgeon should also have extensive experience performing fat grafting surgeries.
You also want to be sure that your surgeon has professional, friendly, and caring support staff. These people will assist you while in the office and during your recovery, so it is essential to feel comfortable with the entire team.
Do your research to learn as much as possible about your surgeon. Then, arrive at your fat grafting consultation prepared with questions, concerns, and your ultimate goals written down.
Why Choose Dr Schaefer As Your Fat Grafting Surgeon?
With his careful planning and problem-solving approach, Dr. Schaefer customizes his strategy so that your surgery is specifically designed for your body and goals. Dr. Schaefer is known for his work in the Minneapolis community helping patients feel better and restore their self-confidence. He has been honored as a BEST DOCTOR and BEST DOCTOR FOR WOMEN by the Minnesota Monthly Magazine, as well as a TOP DOCTOR FOR PLASTIC SURGERY by the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment Today
To learn more about fat grafting with Dr. Schaefer, please contact us today at 952-920-2600 or go to our contact page and fill out the necessary information to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.