About Fat Transfer
Fat transfer surgery has become more common in recent years, especially with the popularity the Brazilian butt lift. It not only slims needed areas with liposuction, but it also enhances the areas of the face and body that need volume with the removed fat. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, can contour the irregularities of your body with your own tissue with fat grafting. A fat transfer can be used for a number of areas that need to be filled, including the buttocks, breasts, cheeks, and lips. The medical team at Houston Plastic Surgery can answer any questions or concerns you may have about what a fat transfer can do for your body.
"I met Dr Shenaq when my best friend had breast cancer. He took so much time to carefully explain the procedure to her. I was so impressed with this surgeon that when I came down with breast cancer in my left breast I immediately made my appointment with Dr. Shenaq. I had a double skin sparing mastectomy with reconstruction, and yes this plastic surgeon did a phenomenal job! Dr. Shenaq and his staff took such good care of me, they are very understanding, and really care about you. I could not be happier with the outcome of my surgery. Westside surgical center is where my surgery took place. If you want phenomenal patient care, this is the place to be. Dr. Shenaq with his particular care, really made me look and feel good about myself quickly."- L.M. / Yelp / Nov 03, 2015
"Dr. Shenaq and his staff have been a Godsend! Dr. Shenaq is doing my reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis. He has been awesome! On my first visit he consulted with my husband and I until we had no more questions or concerns. He made sure I understood what was being done throughout the entire process. He answered all of my questions. He has been comforting, professional, extremely competent and the reconstruction looks fantastic! It is a work of art! It is more than I ever expected!His staff is so warm, caring and kind as well as professional! These ladies rock!I came here very frightened and insecure and now I am confident and very grateful because of the experience I have had. I am so happy I came here and I would encourage anyone who needs reconstruction to come to Dr. Shenaq! You will not be disappointed."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 13, 2017
"Dr. Shenaq is a great doctor! Have been very pleased with how things turned out after my surgery. He is good at answering questions and making sure you get the care you deserve. His staff is also fantastic and will do as much as possible for your care! Really glad I went to Dr. Shenaq for my surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 28, 2017
"Dr. Shanaq performed breast reconstruction surgery associated with my breast cancer surgery for stage 0 breast cancer (DCIS). The results were amazing; stitches healed well & quickly with care regime prescribed. The follow-through by Dr. Shanaq & nurse Brenda wad most impressive. I would gladly recommend him to anyone I know seeking plastic surgery."- L.A. / Facebook / Nov 22, 2017
"I came highly recommended from Dr. White to Dr. Shenaq. When I called Dr. Shenaq's office, Marcie answered the phone. I asked, "do you have a minute to talk", I spent probably 45 minutes on the phone with her and was never put on hold. I told her I had breast cancer, had a bilateral mastectomy and had gone through TWO reconstruction surgeries and was still not right. That I looked deformed, and I did. Marcie let me cry practically through our whole conversation. I proceeded to tell her that I had consulted 2 other plastic surgeons and they told me "it's not that bad", "you're lucky to be alive" and I was about to give up hope until a friend referred my to Dr. White, and his staff was knowledgeable enough to refer me to Dr. Shenaq and I didn't know what to do and did she think that Dr. Shenaq would see me. Not only did she express her sympathy, she gave me an appointment date within a week! I had no idea I would get in that quickly to a Doctor that had come so highly recommended. I made my 8 hour drive with such hope and happiness in my heart. Only to find that the best was yet to come.Dr. Shenaq is such a calming Doctor! He looked at me and came up with a plan. He stayed with me for an hour, yes AN HOUR, discussing what he thought should be done, but he said, "more importantly, what would you like to see after surgery, I need to know what is in your mind of expectations so I can put them with my expectations"! Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had the best Doctor in my eyes to to my mastectomy, the best Oncologist, and thought I had the best reconstruction Doctor, until now! Before surgery, he asked me again, "let's make sure we both are on the same way of thinking on what you want to see"! Dr. Shenaq kept me in the hospital after surgery to make sure I had the best care, that was October 18th, I started out seeing him every week for my post op visits, none of which were ever rushed. When I go see Dr. Shenaq, I feel I am his only patients, even though I see other patients, none of whom I ever saw wait very long, so that tells me he schedules appointments to allow quality time with each patient. I am now on my second two week post op visits. I feel so whole and complete. Dr. Shenaq and his staff have provided me with so much confidence! He had a lot of work to do one me, I didn't even have any bruising! He is remarkable! I actually look forward to the 8 hour drive to go see Dr. Shenaq and his staff! I am so happy with him and would encourage every woman to seek Dr. Shenaq out if you need reconstruction of any kind, but especially after a mastectomy!Lisa"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 21, 2017
Patients that desire to have a fat transfer should have:
- An adequate amount of available fat to extract
- Good skin laxity and tone
- Good health and a non-smoker
What to Expect
During the initial consultation, the surgeon 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 suitability for receiving grafts. This evaluation will help us develop your individual plan. During the consultation, we encourage you to discuss any areas of your appearance that concern you, as well what you hope to accomplish with surgery. This will help us understand your goals and expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved. Swelling and bruising are expected in the areas where fat was removed and transplanted, although it will vary among patients. The swelling and bruising will start to subside 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 takes 6 months.
Common areas for fat transfer include the face for facial rejuvenation. This includes fat grafting for under the eyes and within the cheeks and lips. Fat transfers are also common to fill laugh lines, as well as lines under the chin. A specialty fat transfer is gluteal reshaping, which involves a fat transfer to the buttocks, commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift. Fat grafting corrects contour irregularities that may result from over aggressive liposuction and is sometimes used during breast reconstruction. 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Procedure Recovery Location
Contour and Enhance
If you have an area of your body that has low volume due to weight loss, aging, or genetics, fat transfer surgery may be a good option for you. We invite you to schedule a consultation so that we can assess the areas for treatment and help you understand more about the procedure and if it is right for you. Fat transfers can create a smooth, fuller shape in areas as small as the lips, or as large as the buttocks.