Modern liposuction has been around since the late 1980s. Liposuction is a surgical technique were fatty tissue is removed using a suction device inserted though an access site. But there has always been a problem – what to do with the fat that gets removed?
Recently, fat grafting has developed as a safe and effective technique to utilize the fat. After liposuction, the fat is purified and injected into the patient for soft tissue augmentation.
Here are some areas where fat grafting has been used:
Known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift,” fat grafting to the buttock helps augment and provide a more rounded, projected shape. Fat grafting to the buttock is a much more common technique than buttock augmentation with implants.
Fat grafting is often used as an adjuvant to breast reconstruction to contour the superior poles of the breast. Fat grafting for cosmetic breast augmentation can be considered in a patient undergoing liposuction that is interested in mild breast augmentation but does not want implants.
The most common way to augment the cheeks, nasal-labial folds, or lips is with soft tissue fillers. For patients who are happy with these results but want a more permanent solution, fat grafting to the face may be a great option.
Fat grafting has been show to improve blood flow and tissue quality in traumatized skin. For challenging scars, fat grafting could be combined with a scar revision or a internal scar lysis. Improved skin texture and appearance could be seen in difficult scars.
With time, the veins on the back of our hands become more prominent. By fat grafting the back of the hands, a more youthful appearance can be restored.
If you think that fat grafting may be an option for you, we would be happy to talk to you! Call 703-596-1660.