The Fascinating History of Fat Grafting

Have you ever wondered if you could take the fat from one part of your body and inject it into another? Luckily, you can! Fat grafting (or fat transfer) is a process where you can transfer fat cells from one area to your body to another. Even though fat transfer sounds like a relatively new technique, it’s actually been around for quite some time.

The very first fat grafting procedure was developed in the 19th century. In 1893, it is believed a German Plastic Surgeon, Gustav Neuber, performed the first fat grafting procedure. Neuber transferred the fat from a patient’s arm to their eye region which would help correct scars that were due to a bone infection. However, for the next 100 years or so, fat transferring had difficulty gaining popularity and acceptance. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when a New York Plastic Surgeon named Dr. Sydney Coleman began publishing articles that described the technique. The doctor described the standard techniques for fat extraction, processing and injection. Since then, the procedure has taken off and has continually gained popularity.

As for the most common areas for fat grafting, the face, breasts, hips, buttocks, hands and feet are the areas plastic surgeons tend to do the procedure on the most. With fat grafting, this is the ideal filler because there are no worries or concern of allergies, rejection or movement when injecting it. The main goal of fat transferring is to sculpt areas where age has caused the fatty deposits to deteriorate which produces more youthful results.

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! From botox to breast augmentations to hormone replacement therapy, we can help.