Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting is a method of filler which utilizes a patient’s own natural fat cells to improve various parts of the body.

Commonly known as Autologous Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting), this method of filler utilizes a patient’s own natural fat cells to improve various parts of the body. Fat grafting is effective for body parts from the face to the breasts, hands and more. This minimally invasive procedure provides a more permanent result than temporary facial fillers, and can improve your body contour, fill depressions, revise scars. Fat grafting is particularly effective for providing facial volume as well as contour following breast surgery, such as breast reconstruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is fat grafting?
    Fat grafting involves removing fat from one part of the body and then implanting it into another part to enhance a patient's appearance. The fat is typically taken via liposuction from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs and injected into various areas on the face. Fat grafting is also used to enlarge the breasts, as an option to breast implants. Because the fat is extracted from the patient's own body, the risk of infection and other complications is very small.
  • How is fat grafting done?
    Local anesthesia is applied to the donor site and the surgeon uses a small, flexible tube called a cannula to harvest the fat through liposuction. The fat will be centrifuged to separate and collect only the healthy fat cells for transfer. That body fat will then be placed into locations that need augmentation.
  • What parts of the body can be treated with fat grafting?
    Fat is usually taken via liposuction from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs and injected into the face to fill in lines and wrinkles and add fullness to areas such as the lips, cheeks and chin. While it can also be used to enlarge the breasts, this is an option that you will discuss with one of our expert surgeons.
  • Who is a good candidate for fat grafting?
    Individuals who wish to undergo this process must have surplus fat throughout some area of the body from which to collect it for grafting. Ideal candidates have an understanding of the process and realistic expectations. Also, this is not a process necessarily restricted by age.
  • How long is the recovery from fat grafting?
    Fat grafting requires little to no significant recovery time. Some patients may experience excessive inflammation and some bruising. The treated spot might appear red during the first 48 hours; however, patients will be able to return to normal activities within a few days.
  • What are the benefits of this procedure?
    In this procedure, your own tissue is used so your body won’t reject it, and there is little-to-no chance of infection. Your own tissue is usually softer than other cosmetic fillers and can be easily shaped to targeted areas. Also, fat grafting can be done to lessen scarring or damage from radiation treatment, which benefits patients treated for breast cancer.
  • Are the results of fat grafting permanent?
    If the injected fat is still intact in the targeted area after about four months, it remains that way permanently. However, if your weight fluctuates over time, the treated area will respond just like any other fat cells in your body.
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one part of the body and then implanting it into another part to enhance a patient's appearance. The fat is typically taken via liposuction from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs and injected into various areas on the face. Fat grafting is also used to enlarge the breasts, as an option to breast implants. Because the fat is extracted from the patient's own body, the risk of infection and other complications is very small.
Local anesthesia is applied to the donor site and the surgeon uses a small, flexible tube called a cannula to harvest the fat through liposuction. The fat will be centrifuged to separate and collect only the healthy fat cells for transfer. That body fat will then be placed into locations that need augmentation.
Fat is usually taken via liposuction from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs and injected into the face to fill in lines and wrinkles and add fullness to areas such as the lips, cheeks and chin. While it can also be used to enlarge the breasts, this is an option that you will discuss with one of our expert surgeons.
Individuals who wish to undergo this process must have surplus fat throughout some area of the body from which to collect it for grafting. Ideal candidates have an understanding of the process and realistic expectations. Also, this is not a process necessarily restricted by age.
Fat grafting requires little to no significant recovery time. Some patients may experience excessive inflammation and some bruising. The treated spot might appear red during the first 48 hours; however, patients will be able to return to normal activities within a few days.
In this procedure, your own tissue is used so your body won’t reject it, and there is little-to-no chance of infection. Your own tissue is usually softer than other cosmetic fillers and can be easily shaped to targeted areas. Also, fat grafting can be done to lessen scarring or damage from radiation treatment, which benefits patients treated for breast cancer.
If the injected fat is still intact in the targeted area after about four months, it remains that way permanently. However, if your weight fluctuates over time, the treated area will respond just like any other fat cells in your body.

Consultation

We offer complimentary fat grafting consultations to patients at any of our New Jersey or New York locations. At The Plastic Surgery Center, you will have the opportunity to speak with, and be evaluated by, one of our fat grafting experts to determine if you are a candidate. After consultation, your procedure will be tailored specifically to suit your needs and therefore have the best chance of achieving your desired aesthetic expectations.

At The Plastic Surgery Center, we offer patients the opportunity to have their fat grafting procedure conveniently performed at our fully certified outpatient surgical facility staffed with a board certified anesthesiologist, registered nurses, and certified surgical technicians.

 

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