Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting for Body Contouring in Northern Virginia With Dr. Erica Anderson

Fat grafting for body contouring, including hip augmentation, is an innovative treatment that restores lost volume by transferring fat cells to the hips and buttocks from elsewhere on your body.

This surgery will enhance your figure, make your aesthetics more proportional, and trim down trouble spots. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson has specialized in body contouring procedures for over 20 years. With her new association with McLean Plastic Surgery, Dr. Anderson has established an inviting setting where she can continue helping patients successfully transform their figures and accomplish their aesthetic goals. By valuing honest communication and sincere connections with each patient, Dr. Anderson strives to create a positive experience where she can deliver the results you want.

Are you interested in learning how fat grafting can help you achieve your aesthetic goals? Contact us at (703) 893-1111 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today!

What Is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, is a procedure to relocate fat to areas where you want to create more fullness, including your hips and buttocks. Your body may reabsorb some of the transferred fat, but up to 70% will establish a healthy blood supply in its new location. To offset this effect, Dr. Anderson may transfer more fat than necessary to ensure you achieve your desired results. A fat transfer takes place in two phases:

  • First, Dr. Anderson will harvest fat from the donor location, such as the abdomen, flanks, or inner thighs, via liposuction.
  • After refining the fat to remove excess fluid, she will inject it into target areas.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation in McLean, VA

Breast augmentation with fat transfer is a procedure that restores breast fullness and volume by strategically injecting donor fat into your breasts to enhance their appearance.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Northern Virginia Fat Grafting?

The best fat grafting candidates are in overall good health and want to restore natural fullness in their hips, breasts, or buttocks with long-lasting results.

If you are interested in fat grafting in Northern Virginia, you should:

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Be at an ideal, stable body weight
  • Be a non-smoker or be willing to quit at least six weeks before and after surgery
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have no medical conditions that impair healing
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Understand the potential risks and benefits

Your Fat Grafting Consultation With Dr. Anderson

As one of the country’s most sought-after body contouring surgeons, Dr. Anderson will discuss your medical history, perform a physical examination, and review your options during your consultation. First, she will determine if you have sufficient fat to transfer and evaluate your body contours to establish where she can restore volume. She will then explain her preferred techniques to achieve optimal results and ensure you understand your specific procedural plan.

Choosing Dr. Anderson as Your Northern Virginia Fat Grafting Specialist

Board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Anderson has specialized in breast and body contouring procedures for two decades. She prides herself on providing outstanding results and exemplary care for patients in academic and private settings. Through her practice at McLean Plastic Surgery, Dr. Anderson wants to use her knowledge and experience in a more personalized, welcoming setting where she can offer unparalleled care.

As an expert on body rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Anderson understands her patients’ needs, making her your choice as one of the best fat grafting surgeons in Northern Virginia.

Meet McLean's Breast and Body Specialist

Explore your transformative cosmetic surgery options available from board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Erica Anderson. As a breast and body contouring specialist, Dr. Anderson combines extensive knowledge of anatomy with her unparalleled passion for patient care. Schedule your consultation with one of the best plastic surgeons in Northern Virginia today.

Preparing for Washington DC Fat Grafting Surgery

You must be in excellent health before plastic surgery. Here’s general information to help you prepare for your fat grafting procedure.

  • Avoid weight fluctuations by following a consistent exercise regimen and well-rounded diet. Eat healthy, nutritious meals with plenty of protein for an optimal recovery.
  • Remain well-hydrated before and after surgery.
  • Ensure you’re medically fit for surgery by seeing your primary physician for a full examination and appropriate testing, such as bloodwork or an EKG.
  • Avoid medications, supplements, or vitamins that increase bleeding or bruising risks for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
  • If you currently smoke, vape, or use nicotine products, you should quit. Smoking is detrimental to your recovery, so Dr. Anderson requires patients to stop smoking at least six weeks before and after surgery.
  • Prepare for recovery by taking time off work, purchasing necessary supplies, filling pain medication prescriptions, freezing meals for easy preparation, and creating a clean, comfortable place to rest.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.
  • Arrange for assistance with household management or child care for several days after surgery.

Fat Grafting Procedure Overview

On the day of your procedure, you’ll arrive at a fully accredited surgery center and meet Dr. Anderson and your anesthesia provider to review the details of your fat grafting procedure and answer any final questions.

Dr. Anderson will begin your fat grafting procedure by creating small incisions to strategically extract fat from localized fat deposits. She will use a power-assisted cannula to separate the fat for easier extraction. Then, she will process the harvested cells for purity before placing them into syringes for injection.

To continue the process, Dr. Anderson will precisely and strategically inject fat to achieve the extra volume.

Depending on your specific procedural plan, your fat transfer may take two to three hours.

Northern Virginia Fat Grafting Recovery

Fat grafting is an outpatient surgery. You can go home the same day with a responsible adult to drive you. Bruising, swelling, and soreness are common after fat grafting, but these will gradually resolve over the next few weeks. You may need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your new contours. Dr. Anderson will prescribe medications to help you manage discomfort as you heal.

Fat grafting patients typically need a week off work for initial recovery. Most people can resume light exercise, like walking, within a week. Get adequate rest and avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for three to four weeks while your body heals. At your follow-up appointments, Dr. Anderson will evaluate you and clear you for exercise and other activities based on your progress.

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How Soon Will I See My Fat Grafting Results?

Many patients will notice an immediate improvement to their contours. Swelling and bruising may temporarily obscure results; however, be patient as the fat settles and your body adjusts to its new contours. Full results may take three to six months.

Up to 70% of the transferred fat cells will survive and establish a blood supply in their new location. Once settled, this fat is permanent and will respond to weight fluctuations like any other body fat. To ensure long-lasting results, maintain your healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and consistent exercise routine.

How Much Does Northern Virginia Fat Grafting Cost?

Fat grafting costs will vary based on your aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Anderson will determine the scope of your procedure and estimate your Northern Virginia fat grafting cost. Insurance companies typically do not cover cosmetic procedures like fat grafting. However, Dr. Anderson’s staff will gladly explain financing options to you at your consultation.

Schedule Your Northern Virginia Fat Grafting Consultation Today

Refresh your appearance and improve your overall figure when you partner with body contouring specialist Dr. Anderson, one of the best fat grafting surgeons in Northern Virginia. Call (703) 893-1111 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation.

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