Autologous fat grafting, or fat transfer, transfers a patient’s own fat to almost any body area to enhance or restore volume.
Fat grafting can be used to correct post-traumatic deformities such as depressed scars or areas of fat loss due to prior trauma.
Since the fat comes from your own body and only small amounts are usually harvested, it is a procedure that can be performed several times if needed. Fat transfer to the face is now considered a state-of-the-art procedure designed to re-contour the face and provide definition to cheeks, chin, lips, and lower eyes. It may also be used in a similar fashion to the dermal fillers. Dr. Lynam has been performing in-office fat grafts since 2005.
Candidates for Autologous Fat Grafting Procedure
Almost everyone has enough fat for small grafts but should larger grafting be required, you must have sufficient donor fat. Candidates should be healthy non-smokers who have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind. At the time of your consultation, your goals, the procedure, and routine post-operative healing will be explained in detail and all of your questions will be answered. Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery.
The Autologous Fat Grafting Procedure
A very small ¼ inch incision is made in the thigh or belly button area where lidocaine is injected to numb the area. A small cannula is used to remove the fat cells which are then spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the cells. A very small needle is used to inject the fat into the desired area. The fat graft procedure may also be done at the same time you are having other procedures in the operating room or in our office under local anesthesia with light oral sedation. Small fat graft procedures may take as little as 30 minutes.
You may have swelling, bruising, and soreness for several days following the procedure. Sutures, if used, are dissolvable. You will be able to return to normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable. The results are often permanent but may need 2-3 sessions to obtain your desired result.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the autologous fat grafting procedure is to schedule a consultation. You will learn the reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.
“After many consults and lots of research, I chose Dr. Lynam because he is simply the best surgeon in my area.”
– Autologous Fat Patient