What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting is a natural solution to enhancing the face, body, or breasts. Using the patient’s own fat cells, a fat graft, or fat transfer in Scottsdale, AZ, can be used as an alternative to implants or facial fillers. By using your own natural fat cells, a subtle enhancement is achieved for long-lasting results.
What can fat grafting be used for?
Facial fat grafting
Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process and can result in facial wrinkles, folds, hollowed cheeks, and sunken undereyes. Fat grafting can be used to fill in wrinkles and folds or to enhance the natural facial features as an alternative to dermal fillers. Facial fat grafting is a great alternative for those who are not candidates for dermal filler formulas and who may not be ready for a complete surgical make-over. Facial fat grafting can also be used in combination with surgical procedures like the facelift or brow lift for optimal rejuvenation.
Body fat grafting
A body fat graft can be used to subtly sculpt and enhance certain features of the body. The most common use for a body fat graft is during the Brazilian butt lift. The Brazilian butt lift involves several injections of the patient’s natural fat cells into the buttocks, improving size, shape, symmetry, and overall proportion. This can help the patient achieve a more balanced figure and avoid the need for large incisions with implants.
Breast fat grafting
Breast volume loss can occur with age or after pregnancy or weight loss. Implants are one solution to adding significant volume to the breasts, but a fat transfer can offer a more natural solution. The fat transfer can add subtle volume and enhance contour and symmetry to the breasts. Breast fat grafting can also be used in combination with breast implants or a breast lift for optimal improvements. Fat grafting to the breasts is also frequently used during breast reconstruction to restore the natural breast mound after a mastectomy for breast cancer treatment or to correct a genetic abnormality.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates for fat grafting will have enough excess fat on other areas of the body to use for the transfer. The most common donor sites are the abdomen, flanks, and upper thighs. Patients must be prepared to have liposuction on one of these areas in order to obtain the fat cells. This allows patients to slim one area of the body and enhance another at the same time.
No matter where you are choosing to have a fat grafting procedure, the process will begin by obtaining the fat cells. For this step, liposuction will be used in the appropriate donor area. Local anesthesia will be administered to ensure patient comfort during this process. Tiny incisions will then be made where a cannula can be inserted, breaking up and removing the stubborn fat cells. Those fat cells will then be collected and processed in a centrifuge. This ensures that only pure fat cells are filtered out and used for placement. The fat will then be transferred to the target area, either the face, breasts, or body. This is done using small incisions and a blunt tip cannula. A small amount of fat is placed in several points across the area to ensure precise and even distribution.
The recovery process will vary depending on where the fat grafting was performed. Patients can expect two recovery sites; the donor site and the placement site. Some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected in both of these areas and can be controlled with pain medication and an ice pack. The most important part of the recovery process will involve avoiding any pressure to the transfer site. For a Brazilian butt lift, this means absolutely no sitting for several weeks. For a breast fat transfer, this will require no laying on the stomach. Putting any pressure on the transfer site could cut off the blood supply to the new fat cells, causing them to die. Gawley Plastic Surgery will make sure you have all the necessary post-op care instruction and restrictions when you leave your procedure. It is important to follow these carefully and take the necessary time off work to properly recover. After your recovery process, you can anticipate a natural-looking enhancement that is long-lasting!
If you’re ready to add natural fullness to your face, body, or breasts, contact our office about a fat grafting procedure in Scottsdale, AZ. We can set up your consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons at Gawley Plastic Surgery to go over your treatment options in more detail.
Dr. Gawley is one of the premiere plastic surgeons in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Gawley combines his extensive training and state-of-the-art technology to provide his patients with personalized care and natural results.
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