People have often joked about taking a little bit from one part of their body and adding it to another. Well, thanks to the work of modern fat grafting pioneers, the technique of micro-fat transfer is now an increasingly common form of reconstruction.
In order to transfer fat from one part of your body to another, traditional liposuction is utilized to harvest fat cells from an area of relative excess. The fat is then processed to remove impurities and excess fluid. The processed fat is then injected into the deficient area through tiny needles in individual channels. Only a small amount can be injected at one time to ensure the viability of the tiny fat cells. However, the procedure can be repeated multiple times until the desired effect is achieved.
Plastic Surgery Northwest in Spokane uses fat grafting for both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Fat grafts can be used in breast reconstruction patients to correct contour deformities. It can also be used to restore facial fat lost during the natural aging process, as shown below.
Pre-operative photo demonstrating a lack of facial fat
Pre-operative markings demonstrating where the fat will be placed, including: forehead, temporal hollow, upper lids, lower lids, cheeks, nasolabial crease, buccal recess, jaw line, marionette lines and lips.
Post-operative photo after one session of fat grafting and a limited neck lift.
Fat grafting can achieve dramatic, permanent results. However, like other parts of your body, grafted fat is a dynamic tissue. Significant weight gain or loss can alter the appearance of grafted areas.
Although fat grafting has been performed for decades, techniques continue to evolve and studies continue to stimulate conversation about its optimal uses.
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