Baltimore Plastic Surgeon Uses Fat Transfer for Butt and Calf Augmentation
Baltimore, MD — Butt and calf augmentation procedures are common among patients seeking to enhance their body’s contour and overall aesthetics. Implants have always been a popular option to achieve desired results; however, advancements in plastic surgery have produced safer, more effective augmentation techniques. Dr. James Vogel, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Baltimore, has adopted a state-of-the-art method for performing butt and calf augmentations using fat transferred from the patient’s own body. He says, “Improved techniques for fat harvesting and preparation encourage better take and growth of fat, resulting in more predictable and enhanced results.”
During the procedure, fat is harvested using liposuction from predetermined areas of the body. According to Dr. Vogel, the abdomen, waistline, and inner thighs are the most common places to obtain fat to be transplanted; however, he adds that patients are able to make the final decision during a pre-surgery consultation. Once removed, the fat is injected into targeted areas on the buttocks or calves through small incisions in order to reduce scarring. Dr. Vogel says utilizing naturally-occurring fat cells, rather than foreign implant material, can often result in a more natural appearance and a significantly simplified recovery process.
Recovery times may vary among individuals based on each patient’s natural healing process. Following a butt augmentation, Dr. Vogel normally recommends patients avoid sitting directly on their backsides for two weeks following surgery, in addition to wearing an article of compression clothing for four to six weeks to help reduce swelling. Similarly, he advises patients receiving a calf augmentation to wait five to seven days before resuming normal activities, and recommends refraining from strenuous activities for about six weeks. For both surgeries, swelling and bruising can be expected initially and patients should be able to resume all activities after six weeks.
Although patients can be cleared for all activities after six weeks, Dr. Vogel says results may continue to change for a few months. He says the body normally absorbs about 20-30% of the injected fat, leaving about 70-80% remaining. However, he adds that any fat remaining after four months is generally permanent and results should stay relatively the same. Dr. Vogel also says whether patients are interested in calf augmentation or butt augmentation in Baltimore, they should always consult a board-certified surgeon to ensure the safest, most effective results possible.
About James Vogel, M.D., F.A.C.S.
A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Dr. James Vogel is devoted to the enhancement of patient care through the use of the latest plastic surgery technologies and techniques. His practice offers a comprehensive variety of cosmetic treatments and procedures ranging from breast augmentation to BOTOX® Cosmetic. Dr. Vogel is a member of several prestigious medical associations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, among others. He is board-certified in plastic surgery and an advocate of continued medical education.
Dr. Vogel’s practice is located at 4 Park Center Court, Ste. 100, Owings Mills, MD 21117, and can be reached by phone at 410-484-8860. He and his staff can also be contacted online at drvogelplasticsurgeon.com or facebook.com/drjamesevogel.