Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, plumps up facial or body features with a patient's own fat. Fat transfer is designed to minimize wrinkles and fill in parts of the face or body with a "sunken" appearance. It can also reduce scarring, and correct deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, there is no risk of the body rejecting the tissue.
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Fat transfer is performed on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle, fat is removed from an area of the body where it is tightly packed, such as the abdomen or the buttocks. Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected just under the skin using another needle.
Recuperation and Healing
Moderate swelling usually is evident for two weeks after the procedure. Some bruising also may be apparent. The surgeon usually overcorrects defects to allow for reabsorption, so the overcorrection can make the patient's face look too plump or swollen for about a week. Some bruising, swelling and redness in both the area where fat was removed and in the area where it was reinjected. Patients can typically resume their normal activities right away.
For before and after Fat Transfer pictures click here. WARNING - Images are graphic.
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