What is a fat transfer procedure?
A fat transfer procedure (also known as fat grafting) transfers fat from areas where you have excess fat, such as the outer thighs, stomach or hips, and injects it into areas that may be lacking volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful fat grafting and are happy with the natural-looking results.
Why get a fat transfer procedure?
The purpose of fat grafting is to augment or fill in areas of your body that lack volume. If you have areas you would like to add volume to, and you have sufficient donor sites from which fat can be taken, fat transfer may be an option for you.
Below are some of the benefits of fat transfer procedures:
- Redistribute unwanted fat
- Rejuvenate your hands, lips, and face
- Correct depressions in the skin (following liposuction and scarring)
- Add volume to your breast
- Add volume to your buttock
- Fill in contour irregularities or hide obvious signs of breast implants (for breast reconstruction)
- Reduce your chance of allergic reactions to foreign substances by using fat from your own body (as opposed to dermal fillers)
- Get more natural, longer-lasting results (compared to temporary fillers)
- Improve your self-image and self-confidence
What should I consider before getting a fat transfer procedure?
Please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon for more information on what is unique to you.
- You need to be in overall good health.
- You can’t smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of complications during and after surgery.
- You must not have any circulation problems.
- Though fat transfer is a longer-lasting option than dermal fillers, fat transfer costs more.
- For augmentation, you may require multiple fat transfer sessions to achieve your desired breast or buttock size.
- Your recovery time will vary depending on how much fat is removed and the number of liposuction sites.