Fat Grafting Procedure

Fat grafting refers to surgically removing fat from one area of a patient’s body and implanting it in a different area. During a fat grafting procedure, fat is extracted through liposuction or by using a syringe and large needle, then injected into the new site.

Typically, fat is extracted from spots like the thighs, buttocks and abdomen and then transferred to an area that could use more volume. Sometimes, fat grafting is combined with other treatments for better overall results.

Common Reasons for Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is usually chosen as a cosmetic treatment to plump up areas of the body that could use added volume, without having to use implants or chemicals. Some of the specific reasons patients choose fat grafting include:

  • Filling in facial features that look sunken or creased
  • Enhancing body contour by emphasizing areas like the buttocks or breasts
  • Reducing the appearance of scars
  • Masking or hiding obvious signs of breast implants
  • Achieving a more permanent solution than temporary fillers offer

Fat Grafting Benefits

*Individual Results May Vary

The ability to take fat from areas you don’t want it and add it to areas you do want it is a dream treatment for many people. Not everyone is an ideal candidate, but those who are see benefits including:

  • Improved body image and self-confidence
  • Safe, natural solution with no implants or chemicals being put in your body
  • Slimming and sculpting achieved at the same time
  • Ability to wear clothes that previously didn’t fit
  • More youthful appearance when fat is used to fill facial lines

Quick Facts About Fat Grafting

  • Fat grafting is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay
  • The procedure results in moderate swelling and bruising that may remain for a couple of weeks
  • Downtime is minimal, and most patients resume regular activities shortly after the procedure
  • Sometimes, the injection site may appear too full or plump for up to a week, because the surgeon over-corrected the problem to allow for fat reabsorption
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