Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume. This safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated plastic surgery procedure produces natural-looking results.
The purpose of fat transfer is to augment or fill in volume-deficient areas. Commonly injected areas include the cheeks, lips and more.
When to consider fat transfer:
- If you have facial areas that appear creased and sunken;
- If you desire more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers;
- If you wish to improve your facial contour, revise scars, fill depressions and rejuvenate your face.
A plastic surgery consultation with Dr. LaPatka in Santa Barbara will help decide whether you are a suitable candidate for fat transfer and other cosmetic procedures.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is the fat removed from?
Fat is removed from areas where you have an excess of fat. This is an area where fat has NOT been suctioned before, so there is no scar tissue to affect surgery or the healing of the skin.
What are the best sources for fat?
The best sources for fat are areas where you have an excess of soft fat.
How is the fat injected?
Fat is injected and transplanted using the micro-grafting technique using very small cannulas, or thin “tunnels” to fill with fat. The fat tunnels are layered and criss-cross through the area to be augmented.