What is Body Fat Grafting?
Fat Transfer (fat grafting or autofat grafting) to the the body is a process by which the surgeon harvests fat from one part of the body (i.e. abdomen, flanks, buttocks) by a method such as liposuction. After harvesting the donor fat, the fat is washed, filtered, and then transferred to the desired location(s). This technique may be used for women and men to correct small to medium asymmetries. Obviously, the patient would also need to have extra fat in other parts of the body to serve as donor fat.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Over time, the body accepts most of the transferred fat and develops new blood vessels in a process called neovascularization. The fat which remains after a recovery period of 6 to 9 months will last permanently. That being said, however, only 50 to 70% of the transferred fat will survive the neovascularization process. Because of this, Dr. Williams will generally transfer approximately 30 to 50% more fat than is needed to achieve the target volume.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Because this procedure involves liposuction, many patients desire greater reduction in the donor site to achieve an aesthetic contour of that site. As such, the procedure time depends on the amount of liposuction performed. The process of simply harvesting fat and transferring it to another part of the body, without extra liposuction, generally takes from 1 to 4 hours.
What is the Recovery Like?
Postoperatively, patients will need to wear compression garments which are designed to help the skin and soft tissue reshape into its desired shape. As with all contouring procedures, risks include, but are not limited to, contour irregularities and asymmetry.
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