WHAT IS A FAT TRANSFER?
The purpose of fat grafting is to augment or fill in volume-deficient areas. Commonly grafted, or injected, areas include the hands, face, depressions in the skin, the breast and buttock . Of course, you must have donor sites from which fat can be taken. It is important that you do not have any circulation problems, either from a medical condition or smoking.
If you have facial creases, such as laugh lines, smile lines, and crow’s-feet, fat can be removed from your abdomen, thighs, or other areas and be injected into your face. Fat grafting into your hands is effective for adding volume, “plumping up” wrinkled areas, covering underlying vessels and tendons and improving the quality of your skin over time.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting is the process of using the patient’s own fat to increase the volume of fat in another area of their body. Areas include hands, face, depressions in the skin, breast and buttocks. The fat is harvested or extracted with a liposuction cannula and prepared for reintroduction into the body where plumping is desired. The most common donor areas, where fat is taken from, are the stomach, thighs, and waist.
The procedure is minimally invasive making it very appealing. An advantage of fat transfer is that the body does not reject it because it is the patient’s own fat. However, there is a rate of absorption, a percentage of the transferred fat, usually does not survive. Therefore, it may take more than one session to get to desired fullness.
When used as a facial filler, fat grafting can improve the creased and sunken areas of the face, and add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Acne scars. Your plastic surgeon can even use grafted fat to minimize lines between your nose and mouth, correct skin depressions or indentations and minimize forehead wrinkles.
WHEN TO CONSIDER A FAT TRANSFER
- If you have facial areas that appear creased and sunken.
- If you desire more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers.
- If you wish to improve your body contour, revise scars, fill depressions, rejuvenate your hands and face.
- For use in breast reconstruction, to fill in contour irregularities or hide obvious signs of breast implants.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A FAT TRANSFER?
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Swelling, discomfort and bruising.
Little to no downtime; patients should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.
After preparing the donor site for removal with local anesthetic, the surgeon will withdraw the fat using a syringe with a large needle or cannula. The transferred fat will then re-vascularize and survive in the new location that needs plumping. This autologous fat transfer process will be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved, and may be combined with other surgical procedures for enhanced results.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, is the process of using the patient’s own fat to increase the volume of fat in another area of their body. The fat is harvested or extracted with a liposuction cannula. They are prepared for reintroduction into the body and injected into the new part of the body where the additional bulk is used for medical or cosmetic purposes. The most common donor areas, where fat is taken from, are the stomach, thighs, and waist.
The procedure is minimally invasive making it very appealing. Another advantage of fat transfer is that the body does not reject it because it is the patient’s own fat. However, there is a rate of absorption, a percentage of the transferred fat, that does not survive. Therefore, it is extremely important to select a surgeon that uses a proven technique with the highest fat survival rate.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.