Fat transfer also called fat grafting, is the injection of fat to various areas of the body for increasing volume. Areas that can be treaded are the breasts, face, eyes, chin, cheeks, lips, arms, legs, buttocks. It is a delicate procedure in which fat must be harvested in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells.
Results can be long-lasting. As we age and lose volume in our face, the procedure may have to be repeated. Fat transfer for the face also adds more light and helps the skin texture and tone. Volume restoration also helps the appearance of acne scars.
Does the skin from the donor site tighten up or become saggy?
This technique of collecting fat cells typically will tighten up the skin from the donor site.
Does the patient have to have a specific volume of body fat?
Excellent results can be achieved from slim individuals too. On the other hand, if you have some extra fat in specific areas, this procedure will have double benefits: get rid of the excess fat and adding volume to the desired areas.
What is the rate of the fat being re-absorbed?
Traditional fat transfer has a high level of re-absorbed fat, some times over 40%. This can be reduced if postoperative advice is followed.
Is fat transfer painful?
Most patients experience redness and a tingling, sensation. The level of pain depends on the area and intensity of the treatment performed.