Fat injection or fat grafting is the latest trend in the cosmetic world today. It is a technique that is growing in popularity and plastic surgeons are still exploring the various uses for this wonderful procedure. Fat grafting is not a replacement for other cosmetic procedures. It is a complement to those procedures to help patients achieve a completely natural appearance.
The technique has been in use for more than 20 years already, but it has limited success because the transferred cells are frequently absorbed by the body, and it has also a low survival rate. However, with the presence of modern innovations, the procedure now has become more successful than the previous years.
Understanding The Procedure
Fat grafting is possibly one of the safest procedures that can be used. The procedure adds volume to certain areas of the body by acting as a scaffold for the skin recreating a healthy, youthful, and natural appearance. It is merely the process of harvesting fat from one part of the body, purifying it, and then re-injecting it carefully with the use of specially designed needles into the areas that have lost fat through aging most commonly around the hands and face. The procedure is very useful to inflate various parts of the face, to make lips look fuller, and also to increase the size of your breasts. It is commonly used in breast and buttocks augmentation usually in place of traditional breast and butt implants.
Fat can be harvested by liposuction. The site chosen must have enough fat for the area to be injected. The only area of the body that would be excluded from harvesting is the previously liposuction-treated areas which would be scarred with poor quality fat. Fat is then injected using the micro-grafting technique or by using very small cannulas. The entire procedure usually takes two to three hours to finish depending on the areas to harvest and to graft.The recovery period for fat grafting naturally differ from every individual based on the extent of the surgical procedure. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are often present after the surgery and usually last for few days to a couple of weeks.
Who Can Benefit From Fat Grafting Procedure?
Individuals who are considered candidates for fat grafting should be in good health before considering the procedure. Those who desire augmentation or filling of volume-deficient areas are the ones who benefits most from fat grafting. The following characteristics can also be a good indicator if a person needs to undergo fat grafting procedure:
• Sunken area under the chin, cheeks or lower jaw
• Deflated lips
• Hollow temples
• Sunken eyelid sockets or eyes with dark circles
• Sunken cheeks
• Drooping breasts
• Depressed scars
Advantages and Benefits
Fats is the most effective and well-tolerated fillers used by aesthetic surgeons for rejuvenating the face and hands, revising scars, changing body contour, as well as filling depressions created by liposuction. Since fats are just present in the body of the patient, it is considered to lasts a long time and is also safe. It spares the patient from the inherent risks associated with fillers derived from animals or cadavers.
Some proven benefits for fat grafting includes: augmenting the contour of the brow or jaw line, restoring fullness in the cheeks, filling scars or other depressions, and restoring volume beneath the eyes.
There is also no risk of allergic reactions because the fat grafting technique only uses your own natural fat. Unlike most fillers, fat is 100% natural feels much softer than most permanent fillers. Although not all of the fat cells will survive during the procedure, but with the use of proper surgical techniques, most of these fat cells do survive.