An Autologous Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting surgery is a cosmetic procedure of harvesting excess fat from one part of the body and then re-injected into another part of the body to either enhance or replace the lost volume. The surgeons currently use this procedure as a facial filler, for lip augmentation, cheek augmentation and to fill in areas where facial fat pads may have become minimal or moved due to the aging factor.
How does Autologous Fat Transfer work?
Firstly, This procedure involves the use of liposuction to remove fat from the donor site. Then filters and purifies these fat cells. The purified cells are then injected into the body part/s to be treated using cannulas through a small incision in the skin. It is a permanent procedure. However, the fat transfer process results in about 50% or more of the fat cells, which gets absorb by the body.
Therefore more fat is injected than required since the physician accounts for 50% or more fat re-absorption. You may need a touch-up fat transfer procedure once or twice. Since each body reacts differently, and it’s hard to predict how much the body will reabsorb fat. This filler treatment that can give a lifetime of results with just one, two, or at most three sessions, is quite remarkable.
Cost of Treatment
The cost of Fat Transfer varies from $500 to $5000 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.
Areas Fat Grafting can Treat:
A fat transfer procedure can treat almost every part of the body. The most common areas are:
- Hands: to restore subcutaneous fat loss on the back of the hands.
- Buttocks: Fat transfer for buttock augmentation to achieve the Brazilian butt lift.
- Scars: Injects fat beneath the skin surface to elevate surgical and acne scars.
- Breasts: Fat transfer breast or fat grafting breast augmentation to give fuller and uplifted looking breasts.
- Face: to fill in the hollowness of the temples, cheeks, brows and folds to create a more youthful appearance.