Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is a procedure that uses your own body fat as a natural, biocompatible, and longer lasting filler. In this surgical process, fat is transferred from one area of the body to another. The goal of fat grafting is to improve or augment the area where the fat is injected. Since fat grafting uses your own fat cells, there is no risk of your body rejecting the tissue.

Why fat grafting?

Many people choose to undergo this safe, reliable procedure for the following reasons:

  • Areas of their face appear sunken
  • Temporary fillers are not achieving the permanent solution they want
  • To hide obvious signs of breast implants, fill in contour irregularities, or for breast reconstruction

The process of fat grafting involves three steps:

  1. Harvesting: A site is selected for fat removal and injected with a local anesthetic. The surgeon then creates a small incision and inserts a cannula connected to a syringe to extract fat.
  2. Purification and transfer: The fat is then processed to separate debris, excess fluid, and dead cells from the viable fat cells. The remaining cells are transferred to small syringes that are used for fat injection.
  3. Placement: Finally, the recipient area is prepared. The surgeon inserts a needle or cannula into the site, and the injection needle is passed in and out of the areas to be augmented multiple times. Each time, a line of fatty tissue parcels is deposited in natural tissue planes. This process is repeated until the desired effect is achieved.