A fat transfer is a common procedure that harvests fat from areas of the body to be used as fillers for other areas such as the breasts and buttocks.
The Fat Transfer Procedure
During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss what donor sites will be the most suitable and desirable for fat removal.
A fat transfer is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed at an accredited surgical facility. In the majority of cases — especially where larger injection areas are concerned — general anesthesia will be used.
During surgery, fat will be removed from the donor site using a cannula. This is typically the stomach, thighs, hips, back, or upper arms. The fat will then be separated and purified so that only the healthy fat tissue remains for transplantation. The fat will be placed in a syringe and transferred to the transfer site. Your surgeon will simultaneously massage the area so that the fat settles where it needs to in order to create a satisfactory, smooth shape and contour. Multiple injections are usually needed.