Fat transfer is a cosmetic procedure that moves your own body fat from one part of your body to another. It is a procedure that has been used in cosmetic surgery for some time, but had limited success due to the transferred fat not surviving in the area. With new advents in technology, the fat ells are able to be kept alive in their new location, allowing patients to choose their own fat as a filler instead of synthetic fillers. The fat used in fat transfer is typically removed from the body during liposuction procedures. Previously, this leftover fat would have been disposed of, but now it can be harvested and grafted into new areas by using specialized needles.
According to plastic surgeons, the most common locations fat is requested to be transferred are the buttocks, breasts, and face. With new advents in liposuction, more fat cells can be harvested during the procedure and can be better preserved. Fat transfer is considered for patients who have the following:
- Facial areas that appear creased and sunken
- A desire to have a more permanent filling solution than synthetic fillers
- Improving body contours, filling in scars, fill depressions, and rejuvenate hand and face
- Breast reconstruction, or to disguise obvious signs of breast implants.
While fat transfer can be a good option for most people seeking cosmetic procedures, there are a few downsides to the procedure:
- Time-consuming to prepare fat tissue for transfer.
- More expensive than synthetic fillers.
- May require multiple sessions to receive the desired look.
If you believe that fat transfer is a procedure for you, speak with your cosmetic surgeon to learn more about the procedure and about your options. The surgeon will go over the specifics of the procedure, talk to you about any risks, and answer your questions. For professional and trusted services, contact Dr. Gregory C Roche today!