Fat grafting is permanent means of restoring lost volume due to aging or weight loss. The procedure uses your body’s own fat to graft areas of the face, breasts, or hands that have lost volume. The grafted fat establishes its own blood supply and survives as a permanent living part of you. Most of the time, 60-75% of the grafted fat survives and it may require two or more rounds of grafting to achieve the desired result. The procedure has the side benefit of using liposuction to harvest the fat for grafting and can help shape up and smooth out some trouble spots elsewhere on your body.Schedule a Consultation
Fat grafting is a popular cosmetic and reconstructive procedure that has very dramatic results that can permanently restore lost volume. Alternatives to fat grafting include the family of hyaluronic acid fillers, hydroxyapatite fillers, and silicone implants. The injectable fillers absorb over time and the effects are lost so you will have to return on a regular basis for maintenance. Each approach and material has its pros and cons and your Restore SD surgeon will listen to your goals to partner with you in establishing a surgical plan that maximizes your results in a safe and cost-effective manner.
Fat grafting is generally performed under general anesthesia in an accredited ambulatory surgical center although smaller volumes of grafting may be safely done in the office with mild sedation. Very small incisions are made to harvest the fat for grafting using the SAFELipo™ technique. The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours to perform. The fat is purified in a sterile machine and then grafted into the areas of lost volume to sculpt your appearance into a more youthful and vibrant look.
After your fat grafting surgery is completed, you will be able to go home with a responsible adult. Ideally, a loved-one or friend can stay with you for the first few days of the recovery process. Some surgical pain is expected and you will be prescribed pain medication as part of your recovery. You will need to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks after surgery to ensure smooth healing of the area from which the fat was harvested. Some swelling and bruising is expected and will subside within the first weeks after surgery. You will have follow up with your Restore SD surgeon after your procedure and will be guided back to your usual activities. Most complications occur from getting too active, too soon after surgery so select a surgical date that allows an appropriate amount of time to heal and gradually return to your more vigorous activities.
The Combined Procedures
Fat grafting is a wonderful procedure that can be a stand-alone intervention or combined with other procedures to place additional volume in needed areas. Fat grafting is frequently done as part of facial rejuvenation procedures, part of secondary breast reconstruction, and to smooth aging hands.