Fat Graft FAQs

What is a Fat Graft?

A fat graft, or fat transfer, is a cosmetic procedure used to fill in wrinkles or creases in a person’s face or to augment an area that needs filling by using the person’s own fat. The fat is removed and then reinserted in the desired area. Common areas in which fat grafts are performed include the facial skin, lips, cheeks, buttocks, and breasts. This procedure is well-tolerated and can provide patients will long-lasting, natural-looking results.

When is a Fat Graft Used?

A person undergoes a fat graft or transfer when:

  • Facial areas appear sunken in or creased
  • The person is undergoing a breast reconstruction or augmentation
  • A more permanent filler is desired
  • To revise scars, fill bodily depressions, and rejuvenate face and hands
How is a Fat Graft Performed?

A fat graft is performed by first acquiring fat from a donor site. The fat is removed from the area, washed, purified, and then carefully injected into the target area. It can be necessary to repeat the procedure in order to achieve the desired outcomes. The three steps of the procedure are as follows:

  • Collecting Fat- Before the surgery, an area will be chosen as the donor site and during the procedure the surgeon will collect fat from the area using a cannula. This part is similar to liposuction.
  • Purification and Transfer- Once the fat has been gathered, the surgeon will process it so that it can be placed into the desired area using small syringes. This may require a centrifuge to filter it and remove impurities.
  • Placement in Target Area- The surgeon will insert a small cannula or syringe into the desired area depositing fat in a grid-like fashion. They will massage the area or inject the fat in a specific way to make sure the end result looks natural.


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