Fat Transfer Overview

Fat transfer takes a person's own viable fat cells and injects them into other areas of the body to increase volume. Areas that can be treated with fat transfer include: breasts (breast fat transfer), buttocks (Brazilian butt lifts), and parts of the face (cheeks, lips, and chin). 

Fat transfer can also be called fat grafting or fat injection. The procedure is fairly complex. Fat must be harvested as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells. Ordinary liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction, or anything that disrupts a fat cell's membrane, will not produce living fat cells. Concentration of the fat and washing the fat will also affect results. 

These results can be long-lasting, but should not be considered permanent. As you age and lose volume, the fat-grafting procedure may have to be repeated. Results will vary by person, and can be affected by your plastic surgeon's skill level, including poor fat-harvesting technique. It is important to have multiple consultations and carefully select your surgeon. 

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