Fat is a vital part of our bodies. Without it we would all be walking around looking like skeletons. Although we need it, there are some parts of our bodies that may have too much. We eat healthy and exercise, but those certain areas just never seem to lose the fat. Fat Grafting, also known as a fat transfer, is when fat is extracted from one area and then placed in another area. If you think this procedure may be the solution to your problem, here is everything you need to know.
How is it Done?
Fat grafting started in the 1980’s when liposuction became popular. The procedure is performed by harvesting fat from the body through liposuction or taking a fat graft. Once the fat is removed, it is prepared to re-enter the body. Using small needles or incisions, the fat is placed in the desired area. Your doctor will place the fat cells in multiple tissue planes so that the right amount of oxygen reaches the cells. This ensures that those fat cells will receive nutrients and begin to develop a new blood supply.
Where Can I Get it Done?
The fat is usually taken from the abdomen, and most commonly grafted to the face, breasts, buttocks and hands. Not only do you lose fat in one area, but you gain it in another. The fat grafting procedure can take the place of other common procedures such as a dermal fillers or breast implants.
What Will My Recovery Look Like?
The treated area will look really swollen since it has been overfilled. The reason being there is always some loss of fat through reabsorption. In some cases, like on the face, the fat can completely reabsorb and other procedures like surgical lifting or implants may be discussed. For those who chose to transfer the fat to their face or hands, will generally have little to no down time, just some small bruising. Recovery time also depends on how much fat is transferred. If a smaller amount of fat is transferred to the breast or buttocks region, down time may only be 2-3 days. The more fat transferred, the longer down time, which can be up to 3 weeks. Most patients notice injection site pain, swelling and bruising, but is resolved shortly after the procedure.
The fat grafting procedure can be performed alone, or with others procedures such as body contouring or a face lift. If this procedure seems like the solution to your problem, call Dr. Paul Sabini or Dr. Roussalis today! Schedule a consultation and see how we can help you.