Fat Transfer is a cosmetic surgery procedure that does exactly what its name says – transfers fat from undesired areas to desired areas.
Surgeons have a wide range of options in choosing where to take fat from and where to transfer it afterward based on the goals of the patient. “Donor” sites for fat may include the thighs, flanks, stomach, back, and arms. Once it’s removed, the fat is cleaned to separate any non-fat tissue that came with it, then injected into a new area.
It takes time for the body to build the new blood supplies. In larger fat transfers, it’s more difficult for the fat to get adequate blood supply in time. Fat cells that ultimately do not survive in the new area will be safely flushed by the body, but it will mean the patient won’t necessarily get their desired results.
One benefit of fat transfer is that it uses the patient’s own tissue. Breast and buttock implants do carry some risk of scar tissue formation because the body sees the implant as a foreign object. With fat transfer, this immune response is not a concern.
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, a surgeon can go over your goals, medical records, and options to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
Read more in The Amerejuve Insider Vol. 2 No. 3. To schedule a free consultation with an Amerejuve board-certified plastic surgeon, call (713) 960-6262.