What Is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting, injection, or transfer is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from areas of your body that have excess fatty tissue and injecting it in areas of your preference that may be lacking in volume. It is becoming one of the most common procedures employed in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and for good reasons. Surgeons use and recommend it as a safer alternative compared to implants like silicone. Its popularity has now reached about 85% among doctors who use it for face lift procedures.

The Procedure

There are four basic steps to performing fat grafting.

  • First, the surgeons identify the areas with excess fat known as donor sites. These include the lower abdomen, hip, lower back (buttocks) and the inner or outer thighs. They apply local anesthesia or use IV sedation depending on the type of surgery.
  • Then they extract it by liposuction (using MicroLipo, VASER Liposuction) or harvest it using thin cannulas and other appropriate technologies.
  • They decant, process, and purify the adipose tissue in a special centrifuge.
  • The final step is re-injection into the desired areas, referred to as recipient sites

Uses

The applications include facial reconstruction and facelifts employ. It does so for individuals with scars from acne and burns. It is an anti-aging solution for people with wrinkles, eye bags, and sunken cheeks. It can remedy the effects of diseases such as hemifacial atrophy that reduce the facial volume or any facial and bodily depressions.

Breast augmentation is another frequent reason to get fat transfer surgery. It delivers a modest increase in breast size. It enables breast reconstruction for deformities and depressions. It also optimizes breast shape after breast implant procedure irregularities. Buttock augmentation, sculpting, and contouring and hand rejuvenation are other areas where surgeons apply the fat transfer technique. It rejuvenates, contours, and enhances features.

Advantages

This procedure is considered natural and marginally invasive. The body is well able to tolerate it because of the use of autologous fat (your body fat) thus reducing chances of the body rejecting it. As mentioned above, it has replaced the use of synthetic dermal fillers thus significantly decreasing the possibility of allergic reaction. The results are also quite agreeable because they look natural. It is safer and last longer than other alternatives hence making it more economical. The surgery is relatively straightforward, and healing process is fast thus minimizing downtime.

If you’re interested in receiving a fat grafting procedure, place your questions and concerns in the uniquely qualified hands of a board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roche. He is one of the few double board certified surgeons in Southeast Michigan that is dedicated to staying on top of technology and procedures. With over 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, he is skilled in various surgical and non-surgical procedures such as vaginal rejuvenation and brow lift. Contact us today to get more information.