Fat grafting may be done during liposuction to relocate fat from one area of the body to another. Fat transfer during liposuction takes fat removed from the thighs, for example, and inserts it into the face, where fat loss occurs as people age.
Liposuction is a part of the fat transfer process, even if liposuction is not the main goal of the procedure. That’s because the fat transferred must be taken from the patient’s own body. Using fat from one’s own body eliminates the chance of an allergic reaction. Generally, the surgeon will make a small incision and extract the necessary amount of fat from a fattier part of the body via liposuction. This fat is then transferred into the desired area using a micro injection technique.
Fat transfer during liposuction can also be performed as part of a larger body rejuvenating procedure. A patient getting liposuction performed may wish to use a portion of the extracted fat to enhance his or her face. Otherwise, the fat extracted during liposuction is properly disposed of by the surgery facility.
Fat transfer during liposuction may be desirable to replace fat that is naturally lost from the face as people age. As subcutaneous fat diminishes from the face, the area around the eyes and the cheeks can become drawn and thin. These areas may appear darker as a result of the thinning skin. Fat transfer, or fat grafting, adds fat to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance.
The injection of fat during fat transfer does not require any incisions. Liposuction used to harvest that fat does require an incision or multiple incisions if liposuction is performed in multiple areas. Recovery includes bruising, swelling and discomfort at the sites of fat extraction and fat injection. These effects will resolve in a few days. Following liposuction and depending on the extent of it, the patient may be need to wear a compression garment for a few days or a few weeks.