Cosmetic surgery offers numerous options to help men and women meet their body contouring goals. One development that has attracted a lot of attention is fat grafting – the procedure that uses your own fat in place of implants to enhance specific areas of your body such as the breasts, buttocks and face. The process involves extracting body fat via liposuction, clinically processing it and then re-injecting it into the desired area – all in one treatment. In addition to enhancement of the desired site, one of the most significant benefits of the treatment is that it helps remove unwanted fat from the donor site which could be the mid-section, thighs or arms.
Removing fat from an area of the body where it is abundant and using it to enhance another area offers many benefits:
- Avoids implant-related complications, including the risk of inserting foreign material in the body
- Is less invasive
- Minimal chances of tissue rejection as your own tissues are used, which improves the success rate
- Very small removal and injection sites, which speeds up recovery
- Long-lasting results, no need for replacements as with implants
However, there are some important points that women considering a fat transfer procedure should know:
The treatment is ideal for the augmentation of small areas such as the face, according to an article in Smart Beauty Guide. It is a feasible option compared to implants or other dermal fillers when it comes to filling out facial wrinkles and creases.
The procedure has to be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in a sterile environment. Fat is living tissue and for the treatment to succeed, the fat has to be handled to ensure maximum survival. This depends upon the surgeon’s skill in the extraction and placement of the fat tissue.
Another thing you should know is that generally up to 60% of the fat that is initially removed via liposuction is lost. This means that the surgeon will have to extract much more than is needed for enhancing a certain area. That’s why this technique may not work for women who want large breast augmentation but do not have enough fat to spare.
With fat grafting performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon, risks are rare. Some swelling is typical. Other issues can include lumps, oil cysts, asymmetry and some loss of fat volume. Moreover, liposuction comes with risks too, though these would be minimal if laser lipolysis is used. Reliable surgeons would ensure follow-up monitoring till complete recovery, which is important to effective results and patient safety.