Fat Transfer: The Current Wonder Surgery
Nov. 29, 2016
Have you ever wished for the return of the younger face that you had 20 years ago? Thought about breast implants? Or a fuller behind? Fat transfer might be the answer. Our patients who have used fat transfer for these and other purposes have been very happy.
Your own fat pockets can be used to reshape your body and restore younger features. Our fat collections contain the building blocks of all tissues, the stem cells, that occur more frequently in fat layers than in any other tissues. Stem cells are the undifferentiated cell types that initially form all of our tissues and organs, and they remain all over the body for repairing and replacing old or damaged cells from skin to muscle to bone to brain. We have discovered that they can be moved surgically to areas that we need them to do just that.
As we learn more, these stem cells are becoming the surgeon’s best friend. The transplanted or grafted stem cells are never rejected, they live on permanently. They can be used to replace damaged cartilage, to add to insufficient breast tissues, and to restore skin vitality. The possibilities seem to be endless.
Fat Transfer in the Face
As we age, the fat in our faces slowly diminishes, creating a bony or gaunt appearance. Also, gravity slowly weakens the support ligaments and causes the skin to loosen and to sag, allowing the remaining fat in the face to sink in. Fat grafting to the face adds new fullness to surround the eye sockets, restores rounder cheeks, and fills in hollowed temples. Fat grafting is used in most facial rejuvenation procedures today.
Fat in the Body
Fat grafting to the breasts or buttocks can increase the size and give greater fullness and roundness to both of these areas. Breast augmentation with fat grafts can eliminate the need to use breast implants to enlarge your breasts. It is done with your own fat cells! Buttock augmentation, also known as the Brazilian butt lift, works in the same manner. When the grafts have completely healed, they are permanent natural additions to your body.
The Future for Fat
One of the extra bonuses of fat grafting is the reduction in size of the areas(s) where the fat is harvested from. You can shrink your waist and rejuvenate your face at the same time. Or…you can shrink your arms and enlarge your breasts at the same time.