Using fat from areas of the body to restore shape to areas, which are deficient, is not a new concept. Fat transfer has been advocated and tried in many areas and applications, and for a long period results have been variable. In recent years, methods of fat transfer have been re-evaluated and techniques refined.
This has lead to a resurgence of a fat transfer method that has an unrivalled potential: the ability to use the body’s own tissues to provide structural material for a gradual, controlled restoration of volumes.
The improvement in fat transfer technique has led to a much more predictable long-term outcome, as the grafting process is more likely to succeed and the fat cells that have survived the grafting process have a lasting presence.
The fat transfer procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic depending on the extent of the treatment. The donor area is used for harvesting fatty tissue in a similar fashion to liposuction. The fat is then centrifuged to allow separation of the intact cells from the ones that have been damaged. The live fat cells are then injected in the areas to be treated using a very fine cannula, and multiple passes for every millilitre of graft.
The fat transfer technique is most commonly used for the face but has been successfully applied to other areas like the back of the hands or the buttocks areas.
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