Autologuous Fat Transfer
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The Benefits of Fat Grafting
Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, is one of the most versatile procedures in aesthetic medicine today. Unsurprisingly, fat graft procedures are famous for transforming areas like the breasts or butt. But you can also use fat grafting to generate subtle and delicate results, making the lips, face, and hands other popular choices.
This procedure uses your own fat to give you an amazingly natural looking result. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fat grafting benefits:
- Two for one
Fat grafting provides a fantastic little two for one experience. You get to remove fat from an area of your body where you don't want it, and you get to contour or add to a region where you do want that extra volume.
- Natural look and feel
Not only will your results look natural, but they’ll also feel natural. You won’t have to worry about the feel of artificial implants.
- Fat graft is permanent
Even the best silicone implants are going to have a designated shelf life. That means you’ll likely need to undergo surgery at some point in your life to remove and replace those implants, even if it’s fifteen or more years down the road. With fat graft procedures, there’s nothing to remove. Your results are permanent, becoming a normal, healthy part of your body!
- You have options
Fat grafting procedures can be used in a variety of regions of the face and body. For example, if you want to enhance your lips and your buttocks, fat grafting procedures can accomplish both of those results (often simultaneously).
Fat grafting also provides an effective platform for breast reconstruction procedures. These procedures help correct trauma or mastectomy, allowing women to feel healed and "complete".
- Enhance other procedures
In many cases, fat grafting techniques are performed in conjunction with other aesthetic plastic surgery procedures. Think of a fat graft as a way to supercharge your results — and help them stay looking totally natural in the process.
Common Goals of Fat Grafting
You can target a number of aesthetic issues with fat transfer.
Fat is injected into several sites on the lips to make them smoother, fuller, more symmetric in shape and to redefine the border.
Fat is injected into several areas of the face, often around the cheeks to add fullness.
Fat can be gently injected into the hands, making them look smoother, less transparent, and more youthful.
- Breast enhancement
When fat grafting is used as part of a breast augmentation procedure, it’s usually done to redefine upper breast fullness, eliminate minor asymmetry, and make for a smoother slope for a more natural contour. This is called lipofilling.
Many injections can be made to smooth and round the buttock contour. This is known as Brazilian butt lift.
- Breast reconstruction
Fat grafting is usually performed as part of a multi-pronged breast reconstruction effort. Our surgeons have published a multitude of papers on fat grafting in radiated breasts and have well-earned reputations as leading experts.
The Fat Grafting Surgery
The fat grafting procedure is relatively straightforward and minimally invasive, which means you’ll be an outpatient and have a less intense recovery period.
First, a predetermined volume of fat is removed from the body via liposuction. We use tumescent liposuction. No lasers, vasers, or other directed energy is used during the liposuction process, as these can increase the risk of damaging the delicate fat cells that are being removed. The fat is then purified in a Revolve fat transfer harvest system and moved to a cannula for injection into the area desired.
Once injected, it may take several weeks for your fat to “take” to its new location. This is a normal part of the process. A small percentage of the fat transferred will break down, but the rest will permanently transform the injected area.
Autologuous Fat Grafting FAQ
Fat grafting is part of the years of medical training a board certified plastic surgeon undergoes at school as well as during their residency and fellowship. Other doctors typically do not undergo as extensive training. For this reason, start your research by selecting a board certified plastic surgeon. That way, you can be more confident knowing that they have at least had the necessary training in the technique.
Next, find out their experience performing the procedure as a fully licensed plastic surgeon. Since fat transfer can be performed on various parts of the face and body, it's a good idea to see if their experience includes treating the area you're interested in improving.
Meet with surgeons, and rely on your instinct to make a decision. If you have good rapport with your surgeon and trust them, it can dramatically improve your satisfaction.
Seeing before and after photos can also help.
Fat injections, when targeting the face, can be helpful to improve sagging, wrinkles and volume loss. Fat can create beautiful, natural looking results that last longer than temporary dermal fillers.
Usually, the fat transfer procedure takes place in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility. However, for minor improvements, the procedure may be performed at our office.
This depends on the amount of fat harvested and transferred.
During the first part of the procedure, liposuction, anesthesia is administered. This dramatically improves comfort levels, both during and shortly after the surgery. For small amounts of fat harvesting, the procedure and recovery is well tolerated. For bigger amounts, the procedure may involve some discomfort that can be easily controlled with pain medication.
Fat grafting is a three step procedure.
The first step involves liposuction. Liposuction gently removes fat from an area of the body that has an excess of it, such as the hips, flanks or thighs.
The second step involves purifying the fat. This is typically done by straining the harvested fat or putting it in a centrifuge. The fat cells are separated from other fluids and tissues during this process.
The third and last step involves taking this purified fat and injected it into the area(s) that require improvement. Multiple injections may be made.
It depends on your body and how much correction is needed to achieve your goals. The entire procedure may take 1 hour or much longer, but some of that time is reserved for purifying the fat. For this reason, you won't be "under" the whole time.
If the transferred fat "takes" to its new location, then the results are permanent. However, weight fluctuations and aging can negatively impact results.
Some fat may be reabsorbed by the body. If this occurs, a touchup may be necessary.
Absolutely. Transferring fat to the breasts is a common plastic surgical procedure that is safe. Breast augmentation fat transfer is effective to add a subtle increase in breast size, correct contour irregularities, improve cleavage and enhance the results achieved from breast augmentation with implants.
Fat grafting is a natural way to add volume and fullness. It looks and feels totally natural!
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