Fat transfer, also called fat injection or fat grafting, is a procedure that uses the patient’s own fat tissue to increase the volume of fat in another area of the body. The fat used in the transfer is harvested from one part of the body where there is an excess amount through a liposuction procedure, most commonly taken from the abdomen or thighs. The fat is prepared to remove blood and other unwanted ingredients, and it is then placed in another part of the body where the additional bulk is desired. Fat is most commonly transferred to the breasts, face, or buttocks. The results of fat transfer can last many years.
Fat Transfer to the Breasts
For a long time, the only option for breast augmentation has been the use of silicone or saline implants. Patients are often very satisfied with the results of these procedures; however, there are a number of patients who either do not want something implanted into their bodies or do not want the look of these types of implants. Breast augmentation via fat transfer provides a minimally invasive alternative to breast augmentation using breast implants.
Fat transfer to breasts is a safe way to create natural appearing volume without the need for large scars. The fat used is harvested during a concurrent liposuction and is placed in the skin of the breasts while under local anesthesia. The resultant volume can increase the breasts by up to about one cup size. Not all patients are good candidates for this procedure, and patients who desire larger volume increases will still need traditional breast implant surgery.
Fat Transfer to the Face
Fat harvested through a liposuction procedure can be injected into a desired area of the face to help add volume and fill wrinkles and creases. Areas most commonly injected include the lips, the sunken areas beneath the eyes, nasolabial folds (the deep wrinkles next to the mouth), forehead creases, and cheek augmentation.
Fat Transfer to the Buttocks / Brazilian Butt Lift
Fat transferred to the buttocks can help create a curvier, rounder, and shapelier rear end. Fat transfer to the buttocks is known as gluteoplasty or “Brazilian Butt Lift”. Following the procedure, patients must cease normal activities for a few days, and wear a compression garment for about 6 weeks.