If you’re looking for an all-natural, versatile procedure, fat grafting may be the procedure for you. Fat grafting can be used to rejuvenate the face or enhance the body using your own fat. Fat transfer is an incredibly versatile procedure with a very low possibility of complication. However, before you make your decision it’s important to know who is a candidate, the possible applications, and the surgical process.
How Does It Work?
For a fat grafting procedure, the process can be summed up in three steps:
Your fat is harvested – To begin the procedure, a donor site previously decided by you and your doctor will have an incision made for fat removal by liposuction. Once the fat is carefully extracted, it will be stored until it is time to process it further.
Preparation & filtration – After your fat has been harvested, the fat will be prepared by removing any impurities and then transferred into small syringes for fat injection. The fat is often spun in a centrifuge in order to remove any impurities by filtering the fat, making it ready for placement.
Placement/Injection – Once enough fat is harvested and filtered, the fat is then ready to be injected into the treatment area. The most common way for a fat graft to be placed in the use of syringes, much like a dermal filler would be injected. This can be done immediately or at another time.
Who is a Candidate?
The ideal candidate for fat grafting is a patient who is in good general health and has a donor site with sufficient excess fat. In addition to good health and sufficient fat supply, it is important that you do not have any circulation issues. Circulation issues can stem from medical conditions or smoking.
Where can I have it Done?
Fat grafting can be used to enhance many areas of the body including the face, breasts, buttocks and even hands. Some of the most popular areas to be enhanced by fat grafting are:
Facial wrinkles and folds – Just like a dermal filler, your own purified fat can be used to fill in wrinkles and folds by adding lost volume to these areas.
Breast augmentation – Instead of using implants, you can use fat grafting for a subtler enhancement that increases your bust size by one half to one full cup size.
Natural butt lift – While there are injectables available for buttock augmentations, fat grafting is by far the best choice because it is long lasting and natural.
Hand rejuvenation – As we age, our hands tend to show it too and the bones and tendons look more visible. Fat injections can help add volume and smooth out the look of the hands for a more youthful look.
If you are interested in learning more about fat grafting, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.