WHAT DOES THE FAT GRAFTING PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
The fat grafting procedure includes three steps:
- Liposuction of the fat from the donor site – In this step, the plastic surgeon makes tiny incisions in the skin and uses thin tubes called cannulas to reach and extract the fat. Liposuction is performed very precisely so that the surrounding tissue is left undamaged. The incisions are closed with stitches.
- Purification of the extracted fat – once the fat is extracted it is purified through centrifugation and draining. This way all unnecessary elements are separated like dead cells, debris and excess fluid.
- Injection of the fat into the targeted area – this is the final step. When the fat is purified and prepared, it is injected into the subcutaneous tissue of the targeted area which ensures a good supply of blood for the injected fat. After the procedure, there is no need for stitches.
The amount of fat that is injected into the targeted area depends on the size of the area and the patients’ specific needs. The amount is usually measured in cc’s.
WHAT ARE THE USUAL AREAS OF FAT TRANSFER APPLICATION?
It all depends on the patient’s specific needs and expectations. But first of all, the ideal candidates for this procedure need to have excess fat on other body parts, from which the surgeon can extract the fat for injection. Therefore, this surgery has a double benefit – when the fat is eliminated from the donor area, the patient is left with a slimmer and a better-contoured abdomen or thighs for example. On the other hand, once the surgeon injects the fat into the targeted area, the patient gets more volume in the breasts or buttocks for example.
The ideal patient should be close to his/her ideal weight and generally fit and healthy. It is better if the patient is a non-smoker and has healthy habits like a balanced diet and regular exercise. This greatly contributes to faster healing after the surgery. Also, the patient shouldn’t suffer from any medical conditions that would interfere with the healing.
Usual body areas where fat is injected are:
With fat transfer, patients can achieve a more youthful appearance by adding volume to hollow areas of temples or forehead and reducing the visibility of nasolabial folds, marionette lines and wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth. The injected fat also adds volume to the cheeks so that they look prominent again. On the whole, the procedure makes the face appear fresh, plump and rejuvenated because it improves the overall texture of the skin. Moreover, the transferred fat has therapeutic effects and can heal scars and wounds on the face. It eliminates acne, surgical and other scars because it is rich in stem cells that heal the skin.
This plastic surgery can make breasts more symmetrical and enhance their contours. It can also restore the volume that is lost due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Patients can increase their breast size by one whole cup and achieve natural-looking results.
Fat transfer procedure can add volume to the hips and create more feminine contours and a better-looking waist and hip.
With this procedure, patients can achieve perkier buttocks. They can also make their buttocks larger and rounder. Fat grafting for buttocks augmentation is called Brazilian butt lift. It also improves saggy skin and loss of natural buttocks shape. After the procedure, the buttocks look youthful and enhanced again.
Hands and feet
Fat grafting is an effective method of restoring lost volume in the hands and feet. It makes the skin look rejuvenated and plumper which greatly reduces the appearance of veins, tendons and bones. It also eliminates wrinkles and fine lines.
BENEFITS OF FAT GRAFTING
It is one of the most natural ways of enhancing beauty. It can add volume and contour or improve the shape of different body areas with the patient’s own fat. There is no risk of allergic reactions.
Fat grafting makes the skin appear more youthful. This is especially true in the case of full-face beautification. Patients can eliminate the signs of aging and restore the younger-looking appearance of their faces.
Each fat transfer surgery is customized. Every patient is different and needs individual attention. Therefore, during the consultation with the plastic surgeon, the patient can express his/her aesthetic concerns and the surgeon creates a treatment plan that addresses the patient’s specific needs and expectations.
Fat transfer achieves long-lasting results. Also, it achieves natural-looking results. If the patient doesn’t fluctuate too much in weight the results can last for many years.
Fat has healing properties. It can adapt to the area it was transferred to and re-grow new blood supply. This way it can improve acne, trauma and surgical scars.
The recovery period is quite short. It can last between 2 and 6 weeks, depending on the targeted area and the technique used in the surgery. If the patient follows the surgeon’s recovery recommendations, the downtime can be even shorter.