A fat graft procedure is simply this: Fat obtained from another part of your body (such as hips, thighs or lower abdomen) is injected into areas that may need to be “filled out”.
What is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting is a procedure to take fat from one part of the body where it is not needed, for example the abdomen as well as the inner and outer thigh, and place it somewhere else. There could be a variety of reasons to do this. One would be to change the shape of a part of the body such as the breast or buttock region. Often patients are requesting an increase in size and better shape of the breast or the buttocks and this can be achieved through the use of the patient’s own fat.
Smaller amounts can be used in other areas such as the face to fill in wrinkles, similar to how fillers are used in the face, including the marionette lines or the nasolabial folds. Fat can also be used to address changes in the face related to aging, including the lips, the cheekbone areas or the temples to give the face a more youthful appearance. Lips can be made larger and fuller, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Fat can also be used in traumatic deformities where there is an irregularity in contour and can often resolve these sorts of problems. We also see patients treated elsewhere with liposuction irregularities, such as dimpling and rippling of the skin. Any irregularities where fat has been removed to close to the surface of the skin can be improved with the grafting of small amounts of fat.