What Is Fat Grafting?
According to J. Peter Rubin, MD, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Plastic Surgery, fat transfer is a minimally invasive technique in which fat is removed from what part of the body with liposuction methods, and the fat is processed to prepare it for grafting, and then the fat is injected into another part of the body. The advantages are that it uses your own body’s tissue instead of artificial implants or other synthetic materials. Additionally, it is a minimally invasive technique so the incisions where the fat is injected and collected are very small. Furthermore, the recovery time is not long.
One disadvantages of fat transfer tissue is that the fat can lose some of its volume over time, and patients may need a repeat procedure to maintain the appearance. While small volume fat grafting, especially to the face has a very long track record, plastic surgeons have recently been working on large volume fat transfer for the buttocks and breast augmentation.