"Fat Grafting" is a procedure that uses some of the patient's own fat tissue to fill in creases, lines, depressions, or other underdeveloped areas in the face and body. Small portions of fat are carefully taken from a donor area, like the abdomen or inner thigh, and then prepared using a special technique. Small amounts are then injected into tiny tunnels, cross-layered and structured to form a stable platform to augment or fill an area. The fat is carefully grafted - and not just injected - so that the desired appearance is achieved.
Fat grafts are most often used as an implant-free fat transfer breast augmentation technique. This procedure can also be used to make the lips appear fuller, reduce the appearance of "laugh lines," lift sagging cheeks and strengthen a weak chin for a more desirable profile, or to fill in dimples or depressions in the skin, improve the appearance of underdeveloped calves and flattened buttocks. Depending upon the patient and the area grafted, fat grafts can last anywhere from several months to several years.
Most plastic surgeons believe that about 20 to 40 percent of the fat grafted will stay forever. Most of these procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and require minimum recovery time.
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