As a completely natural procedure that uses a patient’s autologous tissue, fat injections offer a unique option for increasing volume anywhere in the body. The fat is extracted from an area where it is plentiful, such as the belly, thighs, or hips, and is then readied for transfer to the breasts, hands, lips, temples, or cheeks. The procedure provides the dual benefit of slimming the donor area, making it among the most rewarding treatments Dr. Hutchinson performs.
What Happens During the Fat Transfer Procedure?
Fat transfer is performed under sterile conditions in the operating room and usually requires local anesthetic and intravenous sedation for maximum patient comfort.
The first step during fat transfer is to remove the fat from another part of your body using a technique similar to liposuction. A tiny incision is made at the donor site, and a thin cannula is inserted to suction out the fat, which is then purified. Finally, the fat is precisely injected into areas of deflation and depletion to enhance contour and aesthetic appearance.
Some of the fat may be resorbed, but the majority of fat cells survive and produce a very long lasting, natural looking result.