Fat grafting removes excess fat from one bodily area and injects it into another that needs more volume. Also referred to as fat transfer, fat grafting enhances your appearance naturally without synthetic fillers.
Why use fat grafting?
Fat grafting is often used to enhance or restore volume to areas of your body that have lost volume due to weight loss or aging. The benefits of fat grafting are two-fold, allowing you to sculpt and remove unwanted excess fat from one area of the body while adding volume to another for the ultimate cosmetic enhancement. Here are five reasons we recommend using fat grafting:
- Facial rejuvenation: Fat grafting can be used to restore volume to the face, filling in hollow areas and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also enhance the cheeks, lips, and other facial features.
- Breast augmentation: Fat grafting can be used as an alternative to traditional breast implants, using the patient's own fat to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
Body contouring: Fat grafting can improve the appearance of various bodily areas, such as the buttocks or thighs, by adding volume and contouring the area.
- Scar revision: Fat grafting can improve the appearance of scars, filling in depressions and smoothing the skin.
- Hand rejuvenation: Fat grafting can restore volume to the hands, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and veins.
An overview of the procedure
You will be given anesthesia during your procedure to ensure your total comfort. Using a cannula, the surgeon will remove fat from the donor area, such as your abdomen or thighs. The fat is then processed to prepare it for injection. Here’s how it works:
Harvesting the fat
The fat is harvested using a cannula, a thin, hollow tube inserted into the donor area through a small incision. Your surgeon loosens the fat and then suctions it out of the body.
Processing the fat
Once harvested, the fat is processed to purify and prepare it for injection. The fat is typically washed with a saline solution and centrifuged to separate the fat from other fluids and tissues.
Injecting the fat
Finally, the processed fat is injected into the target area using a small needle. The surgeon carefully injects the fat in small amounts to ensure it is evenly distributed and achieves the desired result.
Your natural-looking results
Results from fat grafting can be seen immediately after surgery, although the full results may not be visible for several weeks as the swelling subsides and the body adjusts to the new contours. The transferred fat cells will initially appear swollen and may appear lumpy or uneven, but this will typically resolve over time as the fat cells settle and integrate with the surrounding tissue.
The results of fat grafting are generally long-lasting, although some of the transferred fat cells may be reabsorbed by the body over time. For longer-term fat grafting results, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, as significant weight gain or loss can affect the appearance of the treated areas. By using your own fat cells to enhance your natural contours, fat grafting delivers natural-looking and feeling results.
Why choose Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery for fat grafting?
To ensure a safe and successful fat grafting treatment with outstanding results, it is crucial to choose experienced doctors who are well-versed in the procedure. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, our team of compassionate professionals prioritizes your well-being and satisfaction above all else. The doctor performing your fat grafting treatment will approach the procedure with meticulous care, artistic precision, and attention to detail, ensuring optimal results.