Fat Transfer Overvew

By RealSelf
  • Fat transfer is the injection of fat to various areas of the body to increase volume. Fat transfer of viable fat cells can augment the treated area, such as the face, breasts, cheeks, lips, buttocks, and chin.
  • Fat transfer is also called fat grafting or fat injection.  The procedure is a complex process: fat must be harvested in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells. Ordinary liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction that disrupts the cell membrane of the fat cell will not produce living fat cells. Concentration of the fat and washing the fat will also affect the results. 
  • Results can be long-lasting, but should not be considered permanent. As you age and lose volume in your face, the fat grafting procedure may have to be repeated.
  • Bad results may be the result of a poor fat harvesting technique, causing the fat grafts to be not viable. 
  • Fat grafts take better in more highly vascularized area such as the face and do not do as well in highly mobile areas such as the lips. 
  • Fat transfer can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
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