Fat transfer, also called fat grafting, is the process of removing fat from one are of the body to an area that needs to be filled in or plumped up.
What areas of the body can benefit from fat transfer?
Fat cells can be harvested from any area with excess fat. The most common donor sites for autologous fat transfers are the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks.
Fat is harvested with liposuction, gently concentrated using a centrifuge, and re-injected into areas to be filled in. This can include any area of the face such as the tear troughs, nasolabial folds (smile lines), midface, cheeks, and lips, just to name a few. One of the benefits of using the patient’s own fat cells is a significant reduction in the likelihood of an allergic reaction, rejection, or infection since the immune system will recognize the grafted tissue as its own. Also, autologous fat transfers may be permanent where most fillers usually are temporary.