Establishing an average cost for a fat transfer procedure is difficult, because every patient's case is unique. The most direct route to finding out how much a fat transfer treatment will cost for you is to speak with a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist in your area. However, the information below will help you get an idea of the factors involved in the cost.
Fat Transfer Costs
Many factors affect the cost of fat transfer (microlipoinjection) treatment. A primary consideration is the reason for the fat transfer (for example, the cost for lip enhancement may differ significantly from that for scar revision or lipoatrophy correction). The extent of the area(s) to be treated is another important factor in the cost. The number of injections necessary and the degree to which the recipient site retains the fat transfer are factored in, as is the type of anesthesia used (local vs. general) and whether the procedure is done as an outpatient or in-hospital treatment. Your physician's fee schedule (which depends in part on his or her experience and skill level), the geographic area where you're getting the treatment, and insurance coverage are also part of the cost equation (in some cases, fat transfer is a necessity rather than a cosmetic treatment). Combining the fat transfer procedure with another cosmetic or medical procedure may bring the cost down.
In addition, since the outcome of a first-time fat transfer in a given patient cannot be predicted, the number of treatments necessary to maintain the effects of the procedure will be a factor.
In general, fat transfer could be estimated as costing more than other injectable fillers such as collagen (bovine or human), Restylane®, Radiesse™, Sculptra®, or Artecoll®, but again, it is very difficult to compare these fillers for a given procedure. For the face, fat transfer treatments can cost anywhere from $350 to $5,000 for extensive treatment. Combining a fat transfer with another treatment such as tummy tuck or liposuction can help bring down the total cost of the combined procedures.
Fat Transfer and Insurance Coverage
Fat transfer performed for purely cosmetic reasons will not be covered by insurance. However, if the procedure is a medical necessity, as when performed to repair scars or treat the affects of lipoatrophy after an injury, some or all of the cost may be covered under an insurance plan. You can ask your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist about insurance coverage for the fat transfer procedure you're considering. He or she may have helpful information for you.
Fat Transfer Financing Information
If the cost of your fat transfer treatment is more than you can easily afford, you can also ask your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon whether a monthly payment plan is an option. Some physicians' practices are also affiliated with private financing organizations such as CareCredit®.
Locate a Dermatologist near You
Facial rejuvenation treatments are becoming more affordable to a wider range of patients. You can get additional information about fat transfer costs and financing specific to your geographic area and facial needs from a physician who provides fat transfer treatments. Locate a dermatologist in your area in your area through DocShop to find out more about fat transfer — its benefits, risks, costs, and financing.