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Body Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is a surgical technique that can be used to redistribute fat from one area of the body to another, artistically enhancing a person’s natural curves and contours. First, our plastic surgeon harvests excess fat from an area the patient would like to slim, such as the abdomen, hips, love handles, or thighs. Then the fat is relocated to an area the patient would like to augment, such as the breasts or buttocks. The final result is a more proportionate and symmetrical silhouette.

Benefits of Body Fat Grafting

Since body fat grafting utilizes fatty tissue from an area of excess, patients experience the dual advantages of eliminating excess fat and augmenting an area of the body that could benefit from more volume. The procedure can offer many of the same benefits as liposuction while further accentuating their natural body shape by enhancing the contours of the breasts, hips, or buttocks. Some patients also use this fat transfer technique to restore lost volume to the face or breasts for a more youthful appearance.

The Body Fat Grafting Procedure

Each body fat grafting procedure is customized to fit the unique needs of the patient. Your plastic surgeon will first gently remove excess fatty tissue from the donor area with liposuction. This extracted fat is then processed and purified before being safely reintroduced to the body at the target area by injection. By injecting fat in small amounts, your plastic surgeon can use his artistic eye to achieve natural-looking results and improve the success rate of the graft. The amount of fat transferred will vary from patient to patient, depending upon their goals. Some body fat grafting procedures require only a local anesthetic, while more extensive procedures may require general anesthesia.

Risks Associated with Body Fat Grafting

Every surgical procedure entails some risk, but our board-certified plastic surgeon prioritizes patient safety and comfort to minimize any potential complications. With any fat transfer procedure, an average of 30% of the grafted fat is naturally reabsorbed by the body, and our doctor designs each surgical plan in anticipation of this occurrence. Additional risks associated with body fat grafting may include temporary numbness at the injection site, infection, asymmetrical results, uneven skin surface, and hematoma. Your plastic surgeon will thoroughly review all possible risks during the consultation process, allowing you to make a well-informed decision about your health and body.

Body Fat Grafting Recovery and Results

Patients can expect minor postoperative swelling and discomfort at the grafting and donor sites, though these side effects can be easily managed with oral pain medication. Some patients may experience numbness, which typically dissipates within six weeks. In rare cases, numbness may last up to six months.

Though immediate results will be noticeable, the final results of your body fat grafting procedure can take up to three months. Over time, a percentage of the transferred fat will be gradually absorbed and metabolized by the body. Some patients elect to undergo a second body fat grafting procedure to maximize their results.

Contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery

To learn more information about body fat grafting, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zemmel, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery today.