Fat grafting/fat transfer is a process that transfers fat from one area of the body to fill in or smooth out abnormalities, add volume, and sculpt distinct features to various areas of the face and body.
First, excess fat is taken from the patient’s body from what is referred to as a “donor area,” which is typically the inner thigh or belly. By inserting a tiny tube, or cannula, through three to five microincisions, the fat is aspirated using a limited kind of liposculpture.
Once the fat has been eliminated, it is processed using a unique method to create pure liquid fatty tissue that is prepared to be injected into the treatment area. In the treatment area, very minute amounts of fat are expertly injected into the tissues, with the surgeon taking care to ensure uniform distribution so that the injected fat is surrounded by healthy tissue. By doing so, the risk of rejection and reabsorption into the body is decreased and the transplanted fat is given access to oxygen and nutrients.
Two to three months after the treatment, the body will naturally absorb the transplanted fat; the surgeons account for this loss when determining how much fat will need to be removed from the patient’s donor location to produce the desired outcomes. 2-3 sessions of fat transfer may be necessary for the optimal, long-lasting outcomes.