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Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, also called autologous fat transfer, is the technique of redistributing a patient’s body fat. For this procedure, fat is transferred from one area to another to improve the patient’s body and/or facial contours. Fat injections can enhance the fullness and contours of volume-deficient areas such as the face, breasts, and buttocks. This procedure can help individuals who are dissatisfied with their body contours as well as individuals who have age-related volume loss in the face. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, fat grafting is a safe and reliable procedure that may be performed in either aesthetic or reconstructive surgery.

  • • Simultaneously slims one area of the body while enhancing another
  • • No risk of an immune response or rejection
  • • Customizable treatments
  • • Minimal scarring
  • • May improve body contours
  • • May enhance facial definition and shape
  • • Can be performed alone or as an enhancement to other procedures
  • • May improve the results of breast reconstruction

Getting Fat Injections

The fat grafting procedure has two parts. First, the surgeon performs liposuction to harvest the fat cells. Second, the surgeon injects the harvested fat cells into the target area. To start, a small incision is placed in the abdomen, hips, or another donor site containing surplus fat. A thin cannula is inserted through the incision, and excess fat is extracted. The fat cells are purified and prepared for injection into the target area. Finally, the fat cells are injected via a small syringe into the treatment area to enhance volume and produce the desired contours.

Fat transfer works extremely well as a volume enhancer like a dermal filler. It can also be a wonderful adjunct to cosmetic procedures such as facelift surgery or eyelid surgery. However, the use of fat grafting for aesthetic breast surgery is controversial due to the potential of the fat grafts turning into lipocysts or necrotizing and necessitating corrective surgery. On the other hand, published literature suggests that for breast reconstructions, fat grafting can improve contour abnormalities following mastectomy and may improve breast tissue following radiation. Therefore, Dr. Mesbahi reserves fat grafting in breast surgery for reconstruction surgery or reconstruction revisions.

Seeing Your Results

Your results after fat grafting will be immediately apparent but will change somewhat over the following months. The donor area will immediately look more slender while the target area will be noticeably fuller. However, about 50 percent of the injected fat cells will usually be broken down by the body after surgery. Because of the fat resorption, the target area will subsequently diminish in volume for several months. While Dr. Mesbahi takes this into account when determining how much fat to harvest and inject, a secondary grafting procedure may be performed if more volume enhancement is desired after the final results are visible.

By six to nine months after surgery, the final results will be apparent. Your facial and/or body contours will have improved volume and shape. If facial fat grafting was performed, your face will look more youthful and vibrant. Fat grafting produces long-lasting results that will rejuvenate your appearance, enhance your figure, and strengthen your self-confidence.