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.