The fat transfer method is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for men and women hoping to improve the contour of their bodies. It could be described as a truly natural cosmetic technique because it involves the use of the patient’s own physical elements.
Fat grafting, which is the medical term for the procedure, has actually existed for more than a decade. Prior to the 1990s, however, the technique was primarily used to repair defects or physical injuries. It is used today in a host of ways to rejuvenate and beautify such areas of the body as the cheeks, calves, arm muscles, breasts and buttocks. This relatively simple procedure involves the transfer of fat cells from one area of the body to another.
Performed in either a hospital or on an outpatient basis, a fat transfer procedure can normally be accomplished within a couple of hours. The cells will be donated, or taken from, the largest area of fat deposits. This is usually in the person’s thighs or abdomen. The removal from the donor area is carried out with a suctioning device, after which the fat cells will be processed and then injected into the receiving area. The body will usually absorb more than half of the fat that is transplanted, with the remaining cells often not sufficient to achieve the desired results. This is why additional treatments are often required.
Fat grafting is useful when a patient loses shape in certain areas, a condition that many men and women begin to experience in their 30s and 40s, and the results appear more natural than other forms of cosmetic surgery. Since the cells are natural to the person’s body, fat transfer presents a lesser risk of rejection or an allergic reaction than such procedures as collagen injections and the implantation of prosthetic devices.
In terms of costs and recovery times, fat grafting compares favorably with other cosmetic treatments. Additionally, the effects of grafting should last much longer than collagen treatments, which can disappear in less than a year.
As with any type of cosmetic treatment, the patient should be physically and emotionally prepared for the changes that will occur in his or her body after undergoing a fat transfer. Patients also need to have realistic expectations in terms of what can be achieved with such a procedure. When these issues are taken into consideration, fat transfer can play an important role in making men and women look and feel their best.