If you’ve ever looked into ways to improve your shape and figure, then terms such as fat transfer or body sculpting shouldn’t be new to you. But if you decide that you want to perform a procedure, but aren’t sure which one would be best, then this article is for you. We’ll take a look at the pros and cons to help you determine which option is best for you.
Fat Transfer Versus Body Sculpting and Botox: 10 Burning Questions
- Is it Safe? – While there are some rare instances where the body might reject the fat transfer or the Botox injections, generally there aren’t any serious health issues that arise from these processes. However, it is possible to have a “bad job” done, and therefore you should make sure your physician is well qualified to perform either of these procedures.
- What Areas Can be Treated? – Face, stomach, buttocks, arms, and legs are some of the most popular areas to conduct a fat transfer. Body sculpting and injectables also cover areas such as the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest, and stomach areas.
- Is There Any Pain or Swelling/Bruising? – With a fat transfer, there is likely to be swelling and bruising, especially in the area harvested. This can last for up to three weeks. Botox injections and body sculpting may have zero reactions, though if any minor issues occur, they typically clear up in around 2-7 days. In most cases, you can still work the same day you do the body sculpting or Botox procedures.
- Is There Invasive Surgery Required? – With a fat transfer, there is the removal or “grafting” of fat from one part of the body to another. This may need to be repeated, as the fat cells may die after transference and require removal. With body sculpting and injectables, the process is non-invasive and uses a laser or injections to the treated area(s).
- How Long Does Each Process Take? – Generally, the average fat transfer will take around 2-3 hours to perform. This may vary according to each individual as well as the area being harvested and treated. Botox injections are usually done in about 15 minutes, while laser treatments may take about an hour. The body sculpting and Botox injections are usually in and out procedures with little to no downtime.
- How Much Does it Cost? – While cases may vary for each patient, or in the location you have the work done, the general cost for a fat transfer around the eyes is around $2000. To do the entire face is $4000, and buttocks or breast grafting is around $5000-$6000. A $1000 anesthesia fee may also be applied. For laser body sculpting, the cost typically ranges between $1000-$2000. Botox injections are usually between $300-$500 per area of injection.
- How Long Does it Last? – In some cases, the results can last for years for both types of procedures. Fat transfers are usually considered to last longer, but they often come with a much greater risk and longer recovery time.
- When Will I be fully Recovered? – For a fat transfer, 2-3 weeks is the usual period of recovery. With body sculpting and Botox injections, no recovery time is needed in almost all cases, though there may be some discomfort for a few days.
- When Will I See Results? – Fat transfer surgery usually takes about a month before noticeable results are shown. Laser fat removal or Botox injections can be immediate or within a few days.
- Which One is Best? – While this is a subjective question, the tale of the tape shows that a fat transfer requires actual surgery and anesthesia in most cases, also requiring weeks of downtime, and often needing at least two separate procedures in order to be completed. Also, the cost is as much as 10 times greater. While the results can be longer if everything goes well, the risks, side effects, and the price make body sculpting and Botox injectables the clear favorite. Again, this depends on what you want, what factors are most important to you, and how long you can afford to be “laid up” from work or life in general.
If you’ve been considering a fat transfer, body sculpting, or Botox procedure, hopefully this gave you some insight into which would work best for you. To find out more about the lower risk and lower cost alternatives to fat transfers, check out your local laser clinic today.