Correcting the Hips with Fat Transfer

Fat transfer can effectively help if you’re unhappy with the contour of your hips. While hip implants and dermal fillers are also used to correct these issues, fat transfer provides a very natural-looking and feeling option. Extra fat in areas of the body such as the stomach, buttocks, or thighs can be removed and transferred to the hips to fill in the spots where needed, improving the overall look of your legs and shape. 

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Advantages of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is actually a two-in-one procedure because it gets rid of fat in one area and corrects defects in another. This gives it an advantage over implants or fillers. Another advantage is that there’s no risk of an allergic reaction (which some people have with fillers) and nothing foreign is introduced to the body (as with implants). 

Fat Transfer for Hip Dips

Correction of hip dips is becoming a procedure that is more and more requested. Many patients are bothered by these inward depressions along their hips, which can take away from the classic hourglass appearance and make a person look “lumpy”. Fat transfer is the most common and effective option for addressing this issue. 

What Fat Transfer Involves

The fat transfer procedure is performed with the patient under either local or general anesthesia.  

Liposuction is the first part of the process. Dr. Stephens will create small incisions near the area where fat will be removed. Using this incision, he will insert a cannula (a long, thin tube) to break up and remove the unwanted fat.

Once enough fat has been taken, it will be purified and then placed into a syringe so that it can be injected into areas of the hips where volume is needed. 

Recovery and Results

Approximately one week of recovery is typical for hip correction with fat transfer, with all activities being able to be continued at one month. Swelling and bruising during recovery is to be expected.

Early results can be seen as the swelling goes down, but final results will reveal themselves over the following months as the fat “settles”, usually about 6-12 weeks. 

Sometimes the transferred fat doesn’t survive, so you may need to undergo the procedure more than once. About 30% of the transferred fat is usually lost. 

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Who is a Candidate for Fat Transfer?

Those who make the best candidates for fat transfer are those who:

  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their hips
  • Have enough fat to use from another area of their body
  • Are non-smokers in general good health
  • Understand that they may require more than one procedure
  • Have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish

Before & After Fat Transfer

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Why Choose Stephens Plastic Surgery + Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge?

At Stephens Plastic Surgery + Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge, we use the latest treatments that are proven to provide the most effective results, and we continue to educate ourselves to best serve you. It’s our priority to improve your quality of life by providing you with honest advice and a personalized treatment plan so you can reach your aesthetic goals. Founded by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, we are a private, professional, patient-centric plastic surgery and medical spa practice delivering the highest quality plastic surgery and exceeding patient expectations. Our natural-looking results speak for themselves, and we’re committed to delivering an exceptional patient experience for you. To learn more about fat transfer, we encourage you to contact our office today.

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