BeautiFill Fat Transfer System: What to Know | RealSelf (2023)

BeautiFill is a first-of-its-kind FDA-approved system for laser liposuction and fat grafting. A BeautiFill procedure uses a 1470 nm wavelength, laser-encased cannula to loosen and harvest excess fat cells from areas like the chin, hips, thighs, flanks, and abdomen. This low-level laser breaks up the fat without liquefying it, gently suctions it out, and rapidly processes it for transfer to another body area.

This streamlined system allows plastic surgeons to more quickly extract, prepare, and transfer natural fat to other areas of the body or face, with a greater fat cell viability rate than any other harvesting method. The laser energy also tightens lax skin, reducing the risk of sagging once the fat’s removed.

In a process called autologous fat transfer, this refined fat can then be injected by your surgeon into other areas. It can add volume to cheeks, the under-eyes, lips, or nasolabial folds; fill pitted scars; or create more fullness in the breasts or buttocks.

According to a clinical study funded by the manufacturer, the most significant advantage of harvesting fat with BeautiFill is its average fat cell viability rate of more than 95%. It's worth noting that this study only included 10 patients, but these results are a significant improvement over traditional fat harvesting methods. With a method like tumescent liposuction, 30–50% of fat cells used in breast fat transfer or a Brazilian butt lift typically die within three months, and facial fat grafting patients may lose 40–60% of transferred cells. These poor viability rates have made fat transfer results unpredictable, with a risk of contour irregularities and asymmetry.

If BeautiFill results live up to the promise of those clinical trial results and the technology becomes widespread, it could take a lot of the uncertainty out of all kinds of fat transfer procedures.

Some doctors on RealSelf remain skeptical. "There are quite a lot of variables that make a difference in fat survival after transfer, and the method of taking the fat is only one of these," says Dr. Robert Buchanan, a plastic surgeon in Highlands, North Carolina. "Use of a laser, no matter how modified, is not going to make much difference in the result, but it does make the procedure more expensive. After you harvest the fat there are still multiple variables that determine the take and the results, and the laser cannot modify any of these."

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Pros

  • The fat transfer treatment is FDA-approved and considered safe, in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon.
  • The device allows your surgeon to perform precision fat removal and body contouring, simultaneously with mild skin tightening.
  • The transferred fat can be used for facial rejuvenation or butt, hip, or breast enhancement.
  • You should see results after one procedure, and the volumizing effects may last years (possibly decades) longer than injectable fillers.
  • The procedure is quick, which decreases the risk of trauma to the skin. Post-procedure pain is typically minimal.
  • The extracted fat has an exceptionally high viability rate, according to the manufacturer’s clinical study.
  • The low-level laser energy makes it easier to remove excess fat with minimal tissue damage. This reduces your risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, especially compared to traditional fat extraction with tumescent liposuction.

Cons

  • You’ll need local anesthesia, which always comes with a slim chance of allergic reactions or complications.
  • While BeautiFill fat transfer can smooth deep folds, it doesn’t diminish fine lines and most other wrinkles: it can only add volume.
  • The procedure is relatively new, so it’s not yet widely available, and RealSelf members have yet to weigh in on whether it's Worth It.
  • Not all providers believe that this fat transfer technology provides superior fat transfer results, and the manufacturer's clinical study cited results from just 10 patients.

BeautiFill treatment is suitable for nonsmokers in good physical health, without conditions that affect circulation or healing. Keep in mind that it’s not a weight-loss treatment.

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First, you’ll have a consultation with your provider (typically a physician or plastic surgeon) to discuss your aesthetic goals, including where you’d like to add volume. They’ll assess the best areas for fat harvesting.

BeautiFill is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you'll go home after the procedure.

On the day of your procedure, your doctor will start by marking on your body where they’ll remove excess fat, typically the abdomen, hips, butt, or thighs. These areas will be numbed with a local anesthetic.

Your surgeon will make a small incision in the skin and insert the BeautiFill wand. They’ll move it back and forth to capture fat cells, which will be suctioned out and immediately processed inside a canister on the device.

They’ll then use these refined, live fat cells to fill a syringe and gradually inject the fat into the body area where you want more volume.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you'll be technically awake but deeply relaxed and sleepy, with no discomfort during the procedure.

If you're having a larger fat transfer procedure like a BBL, you may be given general anesthesia, so you'll be completely asleep.

According to the manufacturer, BeautiFill's laser energy results in less bruising and swelling than other fat-harvesting procedures like traditional liposuction. Because of this, recovery should be quicker and less painful.

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You can expect 24 to 48 hours of downtime after volumizing small areas, such as the cheeks. With larger procedures like fat transfer breast augmentation, you may have more swelling and tenderness and up to a week of recovery.

Having fat injected into your buttocks, commonly called a Brazilian butt lift (or BBL), is a much more involved procedure that can involve several weeks of downtime. BBL surgery also comes with safety risks, so it’s essential that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience performing the procedure and is fully aware of the most recent BBL safety recommendations.

For replenishing lost volume in the face, injectable fillers are still the most popular option. They’re also less expensive, but the results won’t be nearly as long-lasting.

  • Juvéderm offers several formulas to volumize and plump various areas of the face. It’s a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that naturally dissolves within a year or two, and it can be dissolved early if you have a complication or don’t like your results—something you can’t do with your own fat.
  • Restylane is also an HA filler that adds volume to the face and hands. Like Juvéderm, it offers several formulas with different levels of “liftability” that work better in certain situations and metabolize slightly differently. It’s also dissolvable.
  • Bellafill is an FDA-approved bovine collagen dermal filler that’s injected into the face to improve volume loss. It lasts for about five years, and it can’t be dissolved early.
  • Sculptra Aesthetic also contains HA, but it lasts two to three years. It’s specifically indicated for facial volume that’s been lost due to aging or drastic weight loss—but not around the eyes or lips. Some providers use it off-label (in a non-FDA-approved way) in a Sculptra butt lift.
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FAQs

How long does BeautiFill last? ›

Most fillers are made from a substance called hyaluronic acid and generally last up to a year. Periodic touch-up treatments may also be required based on your cosmetic goals. In contrast, BeautiFill can restore volume in your cheeks for up to five years with no maintenance involved.

Is BeautiFill permanent? ›

Your results will be immediately noticeable, and these are permanent because BeautiFill™ permanently removed the fat cells from the unwanted area. Fat transfer results are also long-lasting because of the high rate of fat transfer success (95%).

What should I do before fat transfer? ›

Don't eat for 8 hours and don't drink for 6 hours before surgery for general anesthesia, 2 hours for local anesthesia. No moisturizer, body lotions, no make up on the area where the fat is being injected. Do not bring any jewelry or valuables with you on the day of surgery. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

How long does it take to see results from fat transfer? ›

Do fat transfers last? Results from fat transfer are permanent. However, not all fat cells survive the procedure, so you may not achieve the volume you want. It takes about six months for the injected fat cells to develop a new blood supply and to see final results.

Does BeautiFill tighten skin? ›

Tighten Skin

Unlike other liposuction approaches, Beautifill also tightens the overlying skin. When the cannula is inserted into the target area, the thermal energy from the laser melts and ruptures the subdermal bands between the fat and the skin. This liberates the retracted skin and remodels the connective tissue.

Is BeautiFill Lipo painful? ›

Is BeautiFill painful? No- the fat removal is performed while the patient is under local anesthesia and is quite comfortable for most people. The method leads to less swelling and bruising as compared to traditional liposuction for most patients.

What is BeautiFill procedure? ›

BeautiFill™ is the first laser-based system that combines liposuction, skin tightening, and fat grafting (cosmetic fat transfer) procedures in one convenient appointment. This revolutionary technology combines three treatments: It contours the body by effectively reducing fat deposits.

Is Squlpt permanent? ›

Are the results permanent? Yes they are! For the SoftSqulpt™ areas, the fat cells are permanently removed in a one-time procedure.

What are the dangers of fat transfer? ›

A surgical fat transfer is generally a safe procedure, but it can occasionally result in: a collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma) death of fat tissue (fat necrosis) a blockage in a blood vessel caused by a piece of fat (fat embolism)

What are the cons of fat transfer? ›

Some downsides of fat transfer breast augmentation include:
  • Smaller breast size: Fat transfer increases breast size by one or two cup sizes. ...
  • Sagging breasts: A fat transfer makes breasts larger, but breasts may still sag. ...
  • Repeat procedures: You may need multiple fat transfer procedures to achieve the results you want.
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Can your body reject a fat transfer? ›

Unfortunately fat can not be transferred between individuals as your body would "reject" the fat much like some patients receiving kidney and liver transplants can undergo similar process.

What tightens the skin the best? ›

Bottom line: Laser resurfacing can tighten skin, usually better than any other skin-tightening procedure. It can also diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots on the skin, such as age spots. The tradeoff is that it requires downtime and has a greater risk of possible side effects, such as scarring.

How long does it take for skin tightening to work? ›

The results of treatment are immediate and seen after the first treatment. However, the benefits compound after a second treatment scheduled four weeks later. How long does skin tightening last? You can expect the benefits of treatment to continue improving six months after your second treatment.

Does skin tightening last forever? ›

How Long Does RF Skin Tightening Last? In most cases, patients can expect RF skin tightening treatments to last over 12 months with proper maintenance and skincare.

Can Lipo damage organs? ›

Damage to Abdominal Organs, Muscles, and Nerves

The nerves that reside between the internal oblique, organs, and abdominal muscles are prone to puncture damage during the fat removal process, such as the liver, and kidneys.

How long are you stiff after lipo? ›

Soreness is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days after liposuction and then decreases steadily. The tenderness and soreness typically is quite bothersome for up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.

How long is Stage 1 after lipo? ›

Stage One: 0-2 Weeks Post-Op.

During this period, you will need mild compression, and be using a Compression Garment which is one size bigger than what you were wearing before surgery, which would be the model of your choice in a Large.

Can you work out after laser lipo? ›

While you might want to rest and relax following your laser liposuction procedure, light to moderate exercise in the first 48 hours is strongly encouraged, as it can speed up the healing process and weight loss.

What is a non surgical fat transfer? ›

A non-surgical fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure designed to invigorate the skin, hair, or body by using your body's own fat cells and healing properties and injecting them where you need them most.

Is tumescent liposuction effective? ›

The most popular form of liposuction as well as the most common cosmetic procedure in the U.S. is tumescent liposuction, which is more effective, safer and less painful than traditional liposuction, and has a quicker recovery time. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require general anesthesia.

What are the negative effects of Sono Bello? ›

Sono Bello side effects can be more pronounced and longer-lasting and include swelling (that can last several months), bruising, scarring at incision sites, tenderness, contour irregularities, and adverse reaction to tumescent or local anesthesia.

How long does fat transfer last? ›

The final results of a fat transfer are considered permanent. Between the ages of 16.5 and 18.5, your body loses its ability to produce new fat cells. This means that once fat cells are taken from the donor site, the donor site permanently has fewer fat cells.

Does Sono Bello leave scars? ›

Sono Bello keeps scars to a minimum, but it does leave scars. The incisions leave a few scars around the treatment area that will fade over time.

How many times can you get fat transfer? ›

There is no limit to how many times fat grafting can be done. Each session is commonly spaced by 6-12 weeks.

How painful is a fat transfer? ›

The fat transfer procedure is not a painful procedure. Your surgeon injects local anaesthetic into the areas that need liposuction and fat transfer whilst you are asleep under a general anaesthetic.

Are fat transfers worth it? ›

Yes. When performed correctly, the use of body fat as an augmentation material for the breasts is highly effective and long-lasting. This is yet another benefit to breast fat transfer. Many surgeons go so far as to call the procedure permanent.

What happens to fat after fat transfer? ›

After a fat transfer, the fat cells will permanently stay in their new home. However, you may see a proportional change in the volume of fat if you have dramatic weight changes.

Is it better to get implants or fat transfer? ›

Generally a woman who is looking for a fairly small increase in breast size is the best candidate for the fat transfer type of augmentation. For a larger increase in size, you'd benefit most from an implant.

What happens if you gain weight after fat transfer? ›

If you gain weight after your BBL, you should expect the area where you received a fat transfer to become larger. Likewise, if you lose weight after your BBL, you should expect the area where you received a fat transfer to become smaller.

Does fat transfer cause lumps? ›

Fat necrosis is the primary risk of fat transfer breast augmentations. It can lead to lumps of dead fat cells forming in your breast tissue that can cause pain and changes in the appearance of your breasts.

Why a fat transfer doesnt work? ›

Fat transfer simply isn't reliable despite claims to the contraray. Fat, once removed, is dead tissue having neither blood supply in or out and as such can't be living, viable tissue.

Does fat transfer look natural? ›

Fat transfer: Because fat transfer to the breast utilizes a patient's own fat cells to increase breast volume – rather than a synthetic implant – the result looks and feels exceptionally natural in most cases. In addition, using the patient's own fat greatly reduces the risk of an allergic or adverse reaction.

Should you workout before a fat transfer? ›

Exercising before your body is ready can impact the fat transfer process, and, ultimately, the overall BBL results. Patients should wait until cleared by their plastic surgeon before resuming any workout routine or hitting the gym.

Should I gain weight before fat transfer? ›

Should I Gain Weight? Although the amount of fat you have available for harvest will help determine your fat transfer candidacy, patients should understand that gaining weight before a fat transfer procedure is not recommended.

How long is the recovery from fat transfer? ›

You should expect to be fully recovered around four to six weeks after the procedure has been completed, although some more intense procedures can take up to four months. Please be sure to make and attend follow-up appointments on the schedule we give you.

Should I massage after fat transfer? ›

We discourage deep massage for the first two months or more after surgery. The transplanted fat will usually have blood vessels growing into it by two weeks, but deep massage can disrupt the new vessels in the grafted fat. Touching the skin gently for washing and application of lotions, etc., is not a problem.

How should I sit after fat transfer? ›

Recovery After the Procedure

If you have to sit down, you should use a donut pillow or an inflatable pillow. When you place the pillow behind the legs, you will avoid pressure on the fat graft as you will be raising your buttocks above the hard surface.

Does fat grafting leave lumps? ›

With the increase in the number of fat grafting surgeries performed, there has been an increase in complications such as fat necrosis, oil cysts, and calcifications resulting in hard masses or lumps in the breasts.

Does fat transfer feel natural? ›

Fat transfer: Because fat transfer to the breast utilizes a patient's own fat cells to increase breast volume – rather than a synthetic implant – the result looks and feels exceptionally natural in most cases. In addition, using the patient's own fat greatly reduces the risk of an allergic or adverse reaction.

What is the success rate of fat transfer? ›

In general, 75 to 80 percent of the fat injected during any fat transfer procedure will survive, while the rest will be harmlessly and naturally metabolized by the body.

How should I sleep after fat transfer to breast? ›

How should I sleep after breast fat transfer? You should sleep on your back while keeping your breasts elevated at about 30 degrees. You can achieve this position through either the use of a recliner or some extra pillows.

Can fat transfer turn into muscle? ›

The simple answer is no. Turning fat into muscle is physiologically impossible, as muscle and fat are made up of different cells. A good analogy to this would be that you cannot turn a banana into an apple — they're two separate things.

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