Questions about Calf Fat Transfers or Calf Augmentation? Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery’s most frequently asked questions are below. If you do not find the answer to your question, or you would just like to get more information, call our office at (281) 870-2051.
Fat Transfer, sometimes referred to as Fat Grafting, is a revolutionary procedure in which a patient uses their own fat to improve the volume or appearance of a physical feature. The process involves removing fatty tissue from a donor site, usually through liposuction (where there is an excess of unwanted fat tissue), and re-injecting it to a target siteelsewhere on the body.
The fat transfer can increase the fullness of either the medial or lateral portion of the calves. Patients who feel self-conscious with the size or volume of their calves can benefit greatly from this procedure.
It takes Dr. Vitenas about an hour to complete this procedure.
Dr. Vitenas performs all of his fat transfers at Houston Surgery Center.
Fat transfers generally carry few risks; since it involves your own tissue, there is no chance for allergic reaction or rejection. Potential risks, although rare, include bleeding, infection, and scarring.
Since Dr. Vitenas uses the newest fat transfer technology, these procedures do not usually leave noticeable scars. The tiny incision points are easily hidden, as they are made in the crease of skin on the back portion of the knee.
Fat transfers are very special procedures because you are harvesting your own tissue, for personal use. In this procedure, excess fat is gently suctioned from a donor site, such as your buttocks, hips, or thighs. The healthy fat will be separated and purified, before being carefully and meticulously placed into you calves.
Dr. Vitenas performs a Calf Fat Transfer by making a tiny, less than a quarter-inch, incision in the crease behind each knee. A pocket is formed beneath the fascia of the calf, and then the processed fat is injected to reach the desired fullness.
At your consultation visit for a Calf Augmentation, Dr. Vitenas will review your medical history, discuss your goals for surgery, and answer your questions. He will also help you visualize your potential results with the help of computer imaging. At your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will discuss all details of the fat transfer procedure, including his technique, your recovery, risks, all expected outcomes, cost, and financing options.
During a Calf Fat Transfer, patients rarely complain of too much discomfort. After the procedure, any pain and discomfort will be extremely minimal - only very slight discomfort will be evident. Dr. Vitenas will prescribe the needed analgesics to keep you comfortable.
Many patients find they can return to work in one to two weeks after their Calf Fat Transfer. During the first week, you need to wear compression stockings. You will also need to stay off of your feet as much as possible. After about six weeks you will be able to resume strenuous activities and exercise.
The results from your Calf Fat Transfer will be seen immediately. Over the next three months, you will notice the swelling subsiding, and your final results shining through usually by 12 weeks post-surgery.
Calf Fat Transfers are not generally covered by insurance. To assist with costs, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery takes a variety of payment methods such as cash, money order, and all major credit cards. We are also happy to offer 12 month, interest free financing for your procedures through Care Credit.
To be a good candidate for a Calf Fat Transfer, you need to be in overall good health, and a non-smoker, as fat grafts do not take well in the tissue of smokers.