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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suctioning technique to remove unwanted fat deposits that are notoriously difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. Frequent targets of liposuction include the abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, calves, and back.
What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer, or autologous fat grafting, moves fat from one part of your body to another. The fat removed through liposuction is purified with a centrifuge or filtration process.
Most purification methods produce semi-solid or liquid fat.
This purified fat is injected into a new location.
What Are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?
- Fat from your own body significantly reduces the risk of allergic reaction and other complications
- Fat grafting is less invasive than implants
- Results tend to last longer than dermal fillers
What Can I Do With Fat After Liposuction?
Why does a procedure to move fat from one place to another exist?
Liposuction removes unwanted fat. So, why would anyone want that fat transferred to a different part of the body?
Liposuction is considered a body contouring technique because fat removal provides a reshaping effect. The same can be said for fat transfer.
While some fat pockets are certainly unwanted (e.g., abdomen, hips, thighs, back), others are needed to achieve and maintain feminine curves and youthful facial contours.
So, where is fat most useful?
Enhance Your Buttocks
Fat grafting to the buttocks is also known as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). The additional fat provides a rounder shape and smoother contours while providing women with that extra va-va-voom they want for their backside.
Liposuction of the abdomen and lower back can be paired with a Brazilian Butt Lift to create an hourglass figure.
Return Volume to Your Face
While some people are frustrated by the maintained appearance of their facial “baby fat” as they reach adulthood, others are disappointed when it finally disappears.
Facial fat is necessary for youthful contours. This fullness symbolizes youth, vitality, and often joy. Unfortunately, facial fat disappears with age and gravity. When this occurs, fine lines, wrinkles, and hollowed features result.
Fat grafting is commonly performed during facelift surgery to restore facial fullness. The fat tissue fills hollowed-out areas and accents cheekbones to make them look higher. Additional volume creates defined facial contours and smooths wrinkles.
Support Your Breast Reconstruction
Liposuction and fat transfer provide a safe method to enhance the breasts further during breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is performed after mastectomy or lumpectomy to recreate a natural breast form. While breast reconstruction requires the use of an implant or tissue flap, fat transfer to the breast helps shape and finesse the look of the new breast.
While fat transfer can be used in breast augmentation, Dr. Morales prefers to use breast implants. Implants are far more predictable and allow for much more significant enhancement.