Fat grafting, also known as “autologous fat transfer” or “fat injections,” involves removing fat cells from one area of a patient’s body and injecting them into another area. This procedure has two great benefits: it eliminates unwanted fat from problem areas and provides plumpness to volume-deficient areas. First, fat is removed from the area(s) of the body the patient desires to be more slender. The fat cells are then purified before being injected into the areas requiring augmentation. Fat grafting is an extremely versatile procedure and has evolved over the years to provide enhancement for both cosmetic and reconstructive needs with long-lasting and natural-looking results.
Fat grafting can provide the following improvements:
Removal of Unwanted Fat
Even after following a healthy diet and exercise routine, many people are left with stubborn fat that is almost impossible to eliminate. Liposuction removes this fat to provide a slimmer body contour, and then the fat can be used to enhance other areas of the face and body. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, including:
Over time, the fat in our faces deteriorates, and hollows may form. The skin also loses elasticity with age, which causes wrinkles and fine lines to develop. Fat grafting can fill hollows, wrinkles, and fine lines to provide a more youthful facial appearance.
Lips that are thin or wrinkled can benefit from fat grafting. This procedure provides full, pouty lips as the injected fat plumps them with volume.
As we grow older, our hands tend to lose fat tissue, and bones and veins may begin to show through. Fat grafting can rejuvenate the hands and make them appear smooth and youthful by restoring lost volume.
Fat transfer to the buttocks can achieve a curvaceous rear end for patients with a poorly defined or flat buttocks. Specially designed needles are used to strategically inject the fat to create fuller and rounder hindquarters.
Correction to Contour Irregularities
Contour irregularities, such as deformities and depressions in the skin, on almost any area of the body, can be corrected with fat injections. Irregularities are improved as the injected fat fills the area.
If you are interested in enhancing your appearance with fat grafting or any other plastic surgery procedure, please contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham by calling (205) 298-8660 or filling out our online contact form. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Robert I. Oliver and Dr. Jason M. Jack offer a variety of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments to provide patients with beautifully rejuvenated appearances and bodies to give them the confidence they desire.