Fat Transfer: A Versatile Ally in Plastic Surgery


Posted on July 29, 2013 by Michael Stefan

As a member of the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, I have access to the latest techniques and information for fat removal, sculpting, and transfer. Through my research and experience, I’ve found that autologous fat transfer can enhance several common aesthetic procedures, for uncommonly beautiful results. When I perform facelift, breast revision and breast augmentation at my Philadelphia area practice, I often use fat transfer, or grafting, to give them the best results possible.

Autologousfat transferharvests fat from one part of the body (such as the hips or thighs) and injects it into other areas to achieve aesthetic improvement. In the case of a facelift, your own fat cells can work wonders in adding youthful volume and contours. Fat transfer canfill out the cheeks or other sunken areas to enhance the effects of a facelift. Volumetric-enhancement of the aging face bolsters and supports structures beneath the skin, creating a smooth and firm surface.

Breast Augmentation:
Used in combination with implants, fat transfer can contribute to a smooth and natural-looking profile in the breasts. “Structural Fat-Grafting” will re-define breast enhancement in the near future. Suitable techniques and long-term prospective studies are needed to prove efficacy using scientific standards.

Breast Revision:
Along the same lines, fat transfer is a wonderful tool for use in breast revision surgeries. This is especially true because I frequently perform these procedures in response to implant failure – not an excessively common occurrence but something to factor in when considering breast augmentation. Fat transfer often creates satisfactory chest-wall contour without implants for women who no longer want augmentation.
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