Description

This procedure will remove a patient’s own fat to re-implant it where needed. It is typically extracted from body parts like the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and injected into another area that requires plumping, such as a patient’s facial features. When used as a facial filler, fat grafting can improve the creased and sunken areas of the face, and add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Fat grafting is also commonly used in buttocks augmentation, usually in place of tradtional butt implants.

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Length

About 2 to 4 hours.

Side Effects

Swelling, discomfort and bruising.

Recovery

Little to no downtime; patients should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.

Risks

Small risk of infection and other infrequent complications. Allergic reaction is not a factor for fat injectable fillers because it’s harvested from a patient’s own body.

Results

Little to no downtime; patients should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.

 

Technology

After preparing the donor site for removal with local anesthetic, the surgeon will withdraw the fat using a syringe with a large needle or cannula. The transferred fat will then re-vascularize and survive in the new location that needs plumping. This autologous fat transfer process will be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved, and may be combined with other surgical procedures for enhanced results.

Patient Status

Outpatient -

Anesthesia

Local

 

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