Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess fat from one part of your body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and transferring it to another area that requires augmentation or enhancement, such as the breasts, buttocks, or face. The harvested fat is purified and injected into the desired area to create a natural-looking volume and contour.
Fat transfer is an excellent option for individuals seeking natural augmentation with their body’s own fat. Ideal candidates should have sufficient fat deposits in donor areas, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the results. During a consultation, a qualified plastic surgeon will assess your candidacy and discuss the best approach for achieving your desired outcome.
Fat transfer offers long-lasting results, but it’s essential to understand that some of the transferred fat may be naturally reabsorbed by the body over time. Generally, a significant portion of the transferred fat remains permanent, and the results can be enjoyed for many years. Your surgeon will strategically overfill the target area during the procedure to compensate for potential fat absorption.
The recovery after a fat transfer procedure is typically well-tolerated, with minimal downtime. Some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in both the donor and recipient areas are normal and should subside within a few weeks. Most patients can resume their regular activities within a few days but may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks to ensure optimal healing.
Fat transfer is considered a safe procedure when performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. Like any surgery, there are potential risks, such as infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks are relatively rare. As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to minimize potential complications and ensure a smooth recovery process.