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When Fat’s a Friend: The Benefits of Fat Transfer

Posted November 18, 2015 in Fat Transfer

Fat can help you look better than ever. Many people would love to take fat from one area on their body and put it somewhere else. The ability to perform such a procedure is consistently safe and predictable, and the role of fat transfer continues to increase as the science is understood. Fat transfer is a process that has steadily risen in popularity as more and more people realize its potential to address a variety of concerns.

What Is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, utilizes a common plastic surgery procedure: liposuction. With fat transfer, the surgeon uses liposuction to harvest your own fat cells from unwanted areas. After purifying this harvested fat, the surgeon then transfers the fat to other areas of the body that will benefit from the resultant volume increase. Common areas that benefit from fat grafting include the buttocks, breasts, hands, and face.

When Fat Is a Foe

People who are candidates for fat transfer will have unwanted excess fat deposits. Utilizing fat transfer helps slims down these “donor site” areas, providing an improved body contour. The quantity of fat required to perform the grafting procedure is dependent on the extent and quantity of fat necessary to achieve volume correction/improvement. Common areas used to harvest the necessary fat include:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Thigh
  • Back

When Fat Is a Friend

Fat can be transferred to a number of areas to provide enhancement. You can restore lost facial volume without the use of synthetic fillers. It can help improve the appearance of scars. Many women also utilize fat transfer during breast reconstruction after a mastectomy for improved results. Fat transfer is also commonly used to add volume to the breast and buttock for individuals who desire to avoid prosthetic implants.

When It’s Better to be Fat than to be Fake

One of the prevailing benefits of fat transfer is that it eliminates the need for synthetic fillers and implants. Compared with implant-based procedures, fat transfer utilizes smaller incision sites, minimizing the appearance of overall scarring, and fat transfer provides for a “permanent” correction of volume deficits that temporary fillers do not achieve. Many patients feel that breast and buttock enhancement results using their own fat look and feel more natural.

When Fat Isn’t for You

Not every patient is a good candidate for fat transfer. You need to have an adequate fat source for liposuction. As such, very petite, thin women may not have the necessary volume of fat to achieve the desired end-result. Certain procedures require less fat to be transferred than others, so it’s important to have a thorough conversation regarding likely outcomes and anticipated concerns.

Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery

Dr. James Grotting and Dr. Al Cohn of Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive training and experience performing fat transfer. At Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery, we aim to provide each patient with the outcome he or she desires.

If you are looking to enhance your appearance by restoring lost volume from a particular body region, then fat transfer may be right for you. Schedule your consultation at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery today. Contact our office at 205.930.1600, or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

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