What is Natural Augmentation?
With age, weight gain, and weight loss, we tend to lose volume in certain areas of our body. More often than not, we see this in our breasts, butt, and face. At Body Bar MD, we use a method called fat transfer to naturally take fat from one area of the body and use it to plump up an area where you've lost that volume you once desired. We're able to give definition to those once-loved curves, and we can even add volume to delicate areas of the body, like the hands. Using your own fat to create this definition gives you a more natural look and allows greater enhancement in areas where the fat is being removed. Call either our Carmel or Terre Haute, IN office to discuss your goals and options with Dr. Christy today.
Natural Augmentation Reviews
"Was here for a training with Beautifill - laser liposuction with fat grafting. Dr Watson and her staff were excellent. Extremely knowledgable about procedures. Extremely great about patient comfort. Office was clean and organized. Can't say enough good things about this practice. Would 100 percent recommend."- L.M. / Google / Oct 19, 2021
Can I Get Natural Augmentation?
If you want to add smoothness and volume to deflated or thin areas of your body, you may be a good candidate for our natural augmentation procedure. This fat transfer process offers our patients a natural way to transfer fat from one area to another with less risk of rejection. It's important that you are at your ideal weight before getting a fat transfer as significant weight gain or loss can impact the results of your natural augmentation. Women looking to get breast augmentation should be past their childbearing and nursing years as this can also impact the results of a natural augmentation. To find out if you are a good candidate for our fat transfer process, call one of our offices to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christy.
Where Can I Have a Fat Transfer?
Dr. Christy can help you determine where you may benefit from natural augmentation; however, our most popular areas for fat transfer are in the face, breasts, butt, and hands.
Face: With a facial fat transfer, we can fill laugh lines, smile lines, and Crow's feet, plump up the lips or cheeks, and even reduce acne scarring.
Breasts: Transferring fat from one area of your body to your breasts allows us to contour the shape of your breasts for a natural and supple look. As the fat is injected into your breasts, we will slowly massage the area so the fat settles smoothly.
Butt: Natural augmentation in the butt, commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift, allows our team to shape and fill out your rear end.
Hands: If your hands are beginning to age, natural augmentation can help you recontour their youthful look. Using fat from another area in your body, we can fill in the lines and wrinkles on your hands, giving them the smooth appearance they once had.
How Does Natural Augmentation Work?
Your natural augmentation will begin by placing you under anesthesia. Dr. Christy will discuss what anesthesia options you have during your initial consultation. Your options will depend on your allergies, medical history, and the amount of fat being transferred. As we begin the fat transfer, we will use a form of liposuction to remove, harvest, and clean the fat before injecting it into the chosen area. By cleaning the fat, we're able to prepare the highest quality fat to put back into your body. We'll inject the fat in layers until we get the look you want. For certain areas, like the breasts, multiple injections will be needed. Because we're using your own fat, there is often little chance of rejection or risk.
What Can I Expect After My Natural Augmentation?
The most important thing to remember while you heal from your natural augmentation is that there are two areas healing: the area(s) where the fat was extracted and the area(s) where the fat was injected. You can expect that both areas will be red, swollen, and tender after your procedure. However, you should notice visible results almost immediately. Your length of recovery will depend on the size of the area that was treated, but you can expect about 2 – 3 weeks. Scarring is typically minimal with our natural augmentation. Some patients may need additional transfers down the road, depending on their goals.
Natural Augmentation FAQ
Where can I have fat transferred?
Fat can be transferred to most areas of your face or body where you want to add volume. Some of the most common areas are the buttocks, face, breasts, and hands. Natural augmentation may be combined with breast implants or breast reconstruction to minimize flaws. Age-related volume loss in the face and hands may also be corrected with a fat transfer, especially to add shape to your lips or in the hollow under your eyes. Talk to Dr. Christy during your initial consultation about where you want to make improvements so she can develop your custom natural augmentation plan.
How long will the results of a natural augmentation last?
Natural augmentation can create results that last for a long time with proper care. Dr. Christy uses the latest techniques to graft fat, which minimize reabsorption. However, there is generally still a small amount of fat that doesn't attach to the new location, so Dr. Christy often adds a little more fat. If you would like to enhance or touch up your results after a while, another fat transfer can be discussed.
Are there any alternative treatments to a fat transfer?
Based on the area that needs volume, there may be an alternative to a fat transfer. In your breasts and buttocks, an implant can be considered rather than a fat transfer. In your face and hands, Body Bar MD offers many injectable dermal fillers for long-lasting rejuvenation and volume. Dr. Christy will discuss all of the various options during your consultation — so that you can see the results that will meet your needs and goals.
What if I don't have enough fat for a natural augmentation?
During your consultation with Dr. Christy, she will talk about the amount of fat that is required to achieve your goals. In some cases, you may not have enough fat to transfer; however, this is typically only a concern if you have a very low body fat percentage or you want a large volume of fat added to one area. Fat may be taken from several areas if needed or combined with donor fat. Dr. Christy will discuss your options during the consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 days
- How Long It Takes
- 2 – 5 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 1 – 2 days, 1 wk, 1/3/6 mo
The Natural Approach
If you're looking to fill lines and wrinkles, plump up an area where you've lost volume, or create smoother and more youthful skin, natural augmentation at Body Bar MD might be for you! Our natural fat transfer process allows you to treat your face, butt, breasts, and/or hands in order to achieve your ideal look without major surgery. Contact Dr. Christy to schedule your consultation at one of our Indiana offices today.