Fat grafting is rapidly becoming one of the most requested procedures for a new generation. It offers a valuable tool to address patient demands for less-invasive cosmetic procedures that produce natural, long-lasting results.
Fat grafting, also called autologous fat transfer, is emerging as a new breast reconstruction technique. In fat grafting, fat tissue is removed from other parts of your body -- usually your thighs, belly, and buttocks -- by liposuction. The tissue is then processed into liquid and injected into the breast area to recreate the breast.
Another form of fat grafting, called lipofilling, has been used for a number of years to fix minor differences in the shape, balance, or position of the reconstructed breast compared to the other breast. Since that has worked well, doctors thought they might be able to rebuild a whole breast using fat.
It can be tempting to think about fat grafting as a “safer” procedure, since it doesn’t involve major surgery.
It’s also important to know that in many cases, the fat injected into the breast area may be reabsorbed by the body over time and the breast may lose some volume. This is why some plastic surgeons initially may add more fat than you think you need.
Who Is a Candidate?
Adults over age 20 are candidates for this form of rejuvenation.
Fat transfer is performed on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic.
Using a small needle, fat is removed from an area of the body where it is tightly packed, such as the abdomen or the buttocks.
Once removed, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then re-injected just under the skin using another needle.