While implants and injectables are effective, safe options for increasing volume in various areas, there are times when Dr. Majewski might recommend fat grafting (also called fat transfer) over these methods. Fat grafting isn’t a single procedure, but rather, a technique that involves harvesting fat cells from one area of the body and injecting them somewhere else to achieve a desired aesthetic outcome.
One of the most well-known uses for the fat grafting technique is in breast augmentation, where a patient’s fat is used in place of silicone or saline implants to increase the volume of her breasts. Fat transfer is sometimes the best option for breast reconstruction in women who have had breast cancer.
Beyond its uses in breast augmentation and reconstruction, fat transfer is a very versatile tool and can be used in numerous scenarios:
Enhancing volume of various body areas (face, breast)
Enhancing or replenishing facial volume (revolumizing)
Filling up facial lines
Correcting breast deformities after cosmetic breast procedures or breast reconstruction
Improving appearance of depressed scars or post-traumatic depressions
Improving appearance of post-liposuction deformities
HOW IT WORKS
The harvested fat is processed to separate the fat cells from tissue fluids to achieve high concentration and maximize the "take", i.e. survival, of harvested cells. These cells will survive only if blood vessels provide them with necessary nutrients. The survival rate varies and depends on harvesting and re-injection technique, quality of recipient site and many other factors.
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