Fat transfer or fat injections, also referred to as Fat Grafting, is the surgical process by which fat is transferred from on area of the body to another area. The surgical goal is to improve or augment the area where the fat is injected. The technique involves extracting adipose fat by liposuction, processing the fat, and then reinjecting purified fat into the area needing improvement.
Since the 1990’s Plastic Surgeons have reliably used fat grafting as a way to improve and enhance the cosmetic appearance of the face, breast, hands, hips, and buttocks. Fat grafting is most commonly performed by Plastic Surgeons, as liposuction is a primary component of the procedure.
Fat Grafting Process
The process of fat grafting involves three steps:
- Extraction of the fat from the donor area with liposuction
- Decanting, centrifugation and processing of the fat
- Reinjection of the purified fat into the area needing improvement
Fat Grafting has become very popular with procedures like injections in the cheek area. If you would like to learn more, please call our helpful staff at Dr. Richard Lee’s office.