Fat grafting involves removing fat from one's own abdomen or thighs to put into certain regions of the face that start to lose fat. Only tiny amounts of fat are removed so this should not be equated with liposuction. Using low-vacuum liposuction and non-traumatic blunt cannulas (which are 1 mm hollow tubes with a blunt end and a small hole through which the fat comes out). The fat cells are then purified, mixed with freshly prepared autologous PRP and slowly injected through tiny skin incisions into the tissue of the recipient site utilizing a small syringe and cannula. The fat is injected as little droplets throughout the areas of facial hollowness. By using this microdroplet technique, tiny droplets are placed throughout the tissues assuring that each transferred fat cell will have an adequate blood supply to achieve the permanent survival of the injected fat cells. The fat injections add fat to the areas beneath the skin & subcutaneous tissue, creating fullness that results in a lasting, youthful appearance of the injected area.
Since fat is a living tissue, it will become part of the body's natural tissue when transplanted. Some of the fat is digested by the body and most of the times several injections are performed in the same area before the results are permanent. Although some patients may get a permanent result with a single injection, most patients will need a second or third session to obtain a permanent result.
The usual indications of fat grafting are:
Fortunately, significant complications from fat grafting are infrequent. This procedure is usually performed without any major problems. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
Adverse reaction to anesthesia, Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal), Infection, Changes in sensation, Scarring, Allergic reactions, Damage to underlying structures, Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your fat transfer.Photo Gallery FAQ