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What is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer has been called fat grafting, fat transplant, fat injections, lipo-transfer, lipo-structure, etc. It is essentially the same procedure. The concept is simple, take fat from areas in the body where it is abundant, and place it in areas where it is needed. The area where it is most commonly injected is the face, since as we get older; we tend to lose the fat in our face. It is also done to hands, thighs, buttocks, and most recently, breast.
Fat transfer is a very important tool is cosmetic rejuvenation, especially for the face. Fat is abundant, is easily molded, has a natural feel and look, can be permanent, and does not cause any allergic reactions. Infection rate is also negligible. The downside to fat transfer is that it is not completely predictable. While most of the fat injected will be permanent, it is difficult to predict the exact amount. Everybody’s fat behaves differently, and a compounding variable is the location in which the fat is injected.
Why consider a fat transfer procedure?
Fat transfer can be used to create a nicely rejuvenated face in someone with loss of fat over the years from his/her face, or someone who has had a facelift and wants more plumpness in their face. Fat can also be used to correct body contour deformities from liposuction that has yielded unsatisfactory results to car accidents, or to aging hands to make them look more youthful.
For the right patient, fat transfer can be an extremely gratifying operation. The advantages are natural looking results, long-term enhancement, quick recovery period, and no scarring. This procedure takes about one hour, depending on where and how much fat transfer is going to occur.
The procedure is relatively simple and straightforward. A patient, who is deemed a good candidate for this procedure, is given antibiotics, and anesthetized in the operating room. The body is injected with tumescent solution to the abdominal area, where the fat is usually removed via a special technique, to keep as much of the fat cells alive as possible. After the fat is harvested, it is processed and then injected with a needle to the areas where it is needed, most commonly including the cheeks, smile lines, lips, and the pre-jowl area.
Other Types of Fat Transfer Procedures
Fat transfer to the body has been most popular in gluteal (buttock) augmentation. This procedure is commonly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. This is a safe and effective way to improve the aesthetic contour of the buttock region.
Fat transfer to the breast has also increased in popularity. Combined with external tissue expansion using the Brava Bra, natural augmentation of the breast can be achieved without an implant. Fat transfer to the breast is also very effective in camouflaging wrinkling after breast reconstruction or augmentation. Contour irregularities after breast biopsies or lumpectomy are also correctable using this technique.
If you are considering a fat transfer procedure to help you achieve the look you want, contact us today.