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Fat Transfer


The fat transfer process is not limited to aesthetic facial rejuvenation. In some cases, lipografting can be used to smooth out the surface of the skin on any area of the body. This process, also called fat grafting, works in much the same way as facial microlipoinjection. Your plastic surgeon will remove excess fat from areas with thicker layers such as the thighs or buttocks, and then graft it to existing tissue in the area needing refinement.

What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is an effective way to remove the signs of injury, surgery, or scarring from almost any part of the body. Using fat from other areas of the body, it is possible to smooth out the surface of your skin to create a fuller appearance. Many patients seeking a perkier, firmer backside use fat transfer to add volume to and improve the texture of the buttocks. Other areas that can be treated with fat grafting include the hands, sternum, hips, biceps, triceps, and calves. Fat transfer can effectively diminish superficial scars by filling in the area surrounding the scar tissue and creating a smooth, firm surface. Lipografting is not recommended for breast enhancement, as it makes breast cancer detection difficult with a mammogram.

How Does the Fat Transfer Procedure Work?

An alternative to collagen injections, fat transfer firms and fills out imperfections in the skin by removing fat cells from an area of the body with more fatty tissue and injecting them into the desired spot. Unlike collagen injections, which cause allergic reactions in some cases, patients experience no allergic reactions as the injection comes from their own bodies.

Both regions involved in the fat transfer are numbed, and fat is removed from the donor site using a syringe or cannula. Normally fat is taken from the thighs, buttocks, or lower abdomen, as these areas have more fatty tissue. The doctor then purifies this fat to remove any excess liquid and injects it into the recipient site. The procedure is repeated until the desired results are achieved and the imperfection is corrected.

How Long Do the Results of the Fat Transfer Procedure Last?

Fat transfer generally requires three to four treatments to achieve lasting results. Because lipografting takes fat from your own body, approximately 65 percent of the injected fat is absorbed back into your system during the first few months following the procedure. About 35 percent of the injected fat will remain in place. When patients notice the results fading, they can receive another fat transfer. After a few treatments, skin can maintain its firmer, smoother appearance for years.

Talk to a Cosmetic Dermatologist to Learn More

Fat transfer offers a way to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of skin all over the body. Whether you would like to reduce the appearance of superficial scars or achieve a fuller, rounder behind, fat transfer is an effective treatment with minimal side effects. Talk to a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to learn more about fat transfer and skin rejuvenation.

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