Fat transfer or fat grafting can be used to augment different body parts using your own fat from other areas with excess fat. It has been successfully used on the face as well, filling areas that have lost volume. Fat transfers are also known for correction of contour deformities or deformities due to trauma. There are no issues with your body rejecting the fat graft, since it uses fat cells from your own body.
- 1 Who Is A Good Candidate For Fat Grafting?
- 2 How Does Fat Grafting Work?
- 3 Different Ways Fat Grafting Is Used
- 4 What Is The Fat Grafting Healing and Recovery Process Like?
Who Is A Good Candidate For Fat Grafting?
Even though most patients qualify for a fat graft and there are several cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation and buttock augmentation that utilize fat grafting, there are some people who are better candidates than others. It is essential that you have sufficient localized fat deposits in “donor” areas which can be used to restore volume in another area.
You must have realistic expectations for your fat grafting procedure and results are most beneficial for patients who:
- Suffer from “pitted” scars
- Sunken cheeks due to aging and you have deep wrinkles
- Areas in the breast or body lacking volume and fullness
How Does Fat Grafting Work?
Fat Grafting is performed using liposuction to harvest fat from the “donor” areas. Once removed, the fat is processed before injection. Another special needle is used to re-inject the processed fat to the areas that the fat will be transferred to. The great thing about this procedure is that it gives you impressive results with the smallest and least visible incisions.
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Different Ways Fat Grafting Is Used
Breasts – Augmentation With Fat Grafting
When you are looking to augment your breast size, fat grafting is one option. Your surgeon will examine your breasts to determine if you are a good candidate. Some patients who undergo breast augmentation with implants do benefit from fat grafting to help minimize the appearance of rippling or create the appearance of cleavage.
Breasts – Implants With Fat Grafting
When you have hollow areas after undergoing lumpectomy, fat grafting is the best option to fill these empty areas. It is a helpful adjunct in patients who have undergo breast reconstruction but need more volume in certain areas of the breast.
Most people who desire a rounded and fuller buttock will get the best results from fat grafting as well. For patients that do not want buttock implants, fat grafting is a great option to add volume to various parts of the buttock.
With age, you lose volume and get wrinkles on your hands as well. Fat grafting adds volume and fills the areas of volume loss.
Facial Fat Transfer
One of the most common uses of fat grafting in addition to buttock augmentation is facial fat transfer. Some of the cosmetic concerns that you can address include laugh or smile lines, acne scars, areas of volume loss, and sunken cheeks.
What Is The Fat Grafting Healing and Recovery Process Like?
You can experience some amount of swelling, numbness, and discomfort for a few days after your surgery. Most people return to their daily activities within a week. You will see your final results from the fat grafting procedure in about 3 months. Here are some things you must be prepared for:
- You may experience moderate swelling for up to 2 weeks from your procedure and some bruising may be apparent initially.
- Your surgeon may choose to over-correct certain defects to account for the re-absorption of some of the fat. This means that the area may look swollen for a while.
- You may experience redness, bruising and swelling in the donor or receiving area after the procedure. Most patients can return to their work right within a few days.
Fat grafting is a great option to enhance your results from other procedures and is often used as a combination procedure with a facelift or eyelid surgery. It also helps reduce fat from the donor area of your body which can then be sculpted with another procedure like liposuction to give you the look you want.