Fat Transfers, also known as fat injections and fat grafting, refer to the process of taking fat from an unwanted area of the body and re-injecting purified adipose fat tissues into another area of the body. Fat transfers are designed to add fullness to an area of the body that is lacking volume. Fat transfers are commonly made to the breasts, butt, and lips. Fat transfers can also be injected into the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, and the lower eye area.
The 3 Components of Fat Transfers
A fat transfer is also designed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fill in parts of the face or body that have developed a “sunken” appearance. It has also been shown to reduce scarring and correct deformities. And since the fat transfer procedure uses your own fat cells, there is no risk of the fat tissue being rejected by your body.
If you’re healthy, have good skin elasticity, and expect realistic results, you’re a good candidate for a fat transfer. Patients must also have some extra fat in order to be able to donate the fat. Typically, fat is gently removed from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, hips, and lower back using small, thin tubes. During this process, there is a purification process, where the fat cells are separated from other tissues. Lastly, the purified fat is injected carefully into the desired area. Your body will reabsorb some of the transferred fat, but around 50-70% of the fat will stay, though individual results vary. The end result is a naturally contoured appearance.
Think of fat grafting as a two-for-one bundle: improve separate parts of your body in just one procedure. By removing fat from one area and injecting it into another, you get both the slimming power of liposuction and the benefits of an augmentation similar to fillers. So, whether you want to improve your face, breasts, or butt, fat grafting can restore and enhance volume. It is a confidence booster for many patients. Give SF Bay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Group in San Ramon, Pleasanton, San Jose, and Oakland a call to schedule a consultation today!