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Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing fat from one part of the body using gentle liposuction and injecting it to augment another part of the body. This process is sometimes referred to as “natural plastic surgery,” because it uses fat from your own body. At Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Dr. Christopher Schaffer uses natural fat grafting techniques in a range of cosmetic treatments.

Facial Fat Grafting

As we age, fat volume in the face gradually decreases. This can lead to sunken cheeks, a gaunt, tired appearance under the eyes, nasolabial folds (from the nose to the mouth corners), marionette lines (beside the mouth) and prominent bags under the eyes. With natural fat transfer, Dr. Schaffer can fill in hollow lower eyelids, enhance the cheeks, and add volume to areas of the face where it has been lost through aging.

Calf Augmentation

For individuals whose calves are too thin in proportion to their bodies, fat grafting is an excellent alternative to implants. As researchers found in a recent study published in the official publication for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, fat transfer offers a number of advantages over calf implants, including:

  • Liposuction in adjacent areas to improve contours
  • Smaller incisions
  • Subsequent fat grafting possible for additional augmentation
  • No rejection of a foreign body using the patient’s own fat
  • Precise adjustments for individual patient needs
  • Long-lasting results

Hand Rejuvenation

No matter how young your face looks, it may be possible to estimate a person’s age by the appearance of the hands. Many patients who have facial rejuvenation procedures want hand rejuvenation as well. Fat transfer techniques, in which a small amount of fat is taken from another part of the body and transferred to hands, add fat volume and fill in deep grooves, so the bones and veins in the hands appear less prominent.

Breast Augmentation

In fat transfer breast augmentation, fat is gently liposuctioned from other areas of the body, purified in a centrifuge and injected to enhance the breasts. The patient gets the benefit of body contouring in areas with stubborn fat deposits from which fat is harvested, and then used to augment the breasts. Fat grafting can augment the breasts by one or two cup sizes. Using your own natural fat, this technique produces a smooth, natural-looking result that lasts.

Benefits of Fat Grafting in Birmingham

Fat grafting is a safe, well-tolerated procedure. It provides long-lasting results that look and feel natural, with your own healthy fat cells used to augment various body areas. As compared to injectable fillers, there is virtually no chance of an allergic reaction to a foreign substance, and fat grafting lasts far longer than most dermal fillers.

Natural fat transfer is a minimally-invasive technique to augment the breasts and calves, rejuvenate the face and hands and enhance other areas of the body. Get in touch with Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham to discuss fat grafting to achieve your cosmetic goals.