AKA Fat transfer
Fat grafting involves removing fat from one part of the body with liposuction and re-inserting it into another part of the body to add volume to that particular area.
Both the way the fat is harvested and processed with minimum trauma, and the way it is grafted to the new area, are vital to the success of the procedure. As the patient’s own fat is used, the successful fat graft remains permanent. If a significant amount of graft volume is required in one area, it may be necessary to repeat the procedure after approximately four months so the volume is built up in stages. It is not a good idea to over-saturate the area with too much fat graft in the hope of achieving extra volume as this can increase the risk of complications and failure of the graft.
Fat grafting can be used for many areas of the body:
- Facial rejuvenation: cheek enhancement, lip enhancement and chin augmentation, either as part of facelift surgery or as a stand alone procedure
- Correction of surface irregularities after liposuction
- Correction of breast deformities and asymmetries, and in breast reconstruction after partial or complete mastectomies
- Enlargement of breasts in selected patients
- Enhancement of buttocks and calves
- Rejuvenation of the back of the hands
- Correction of contour deficiencies anywhere in the body