Fat Transfer sometimes referred to as fat grafting is commonly used in cases where areas of the body have last volume and the skein appears to be loose which is primarily due to the aging process.
As the name suggests fat from one area of the body most commonly the abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks is transferred to another part of the body to replace the lost volume in the target area. This is a safe and natural process using the patient’s own body fat, although it is important to note that after the procedure the body will reabsorb some of the transferred fat very quickly which slightly reduces the initial effect.
During this procedure the surgeon collects cells from a fatty area of your body like your abdomen. The fat is processed using a centrifuge to remove excess fluids to give a smooth consistency to the fat which will help enhance the end result of the procedure. The fat is then re-injected just under the skin in the target area using a different style of needle.
Some of the most common areas that benefit from fat transfer are, the face, buttocks, breasts and hands. In some cases this may be use as minor reconstructive surgery after breast surgery where a lump has been removed without carrying out a mastectomy.
Recently many patients have been opting for this rather that dermal fillers as there is a feeling that this is a more natural process which gives better and longer lasting results, although this is clearly a personal choice.