Also called fat injections and lipofilling, fat grafting or fat transfer is a procedure that uses a person's own fat, usually from lower abdomen or thighs, to fill in irregularities and grooves. The indications for fat grafting are myriad; as filler for facial rejuvenation, Breas-t augmentation, Brazilian buttlift and various other sites, as also for scar remodelling for improvement of scar quality. It can also be used for Hand Rejuvenation. Since fat grafting is a procedure that can treat a number of different areas, surgical times vary. Procedures involving only small areas may take as little as an hour, while larger transfer procedures such as Breas-t or buttock augmentation can take up to 3-4 hours or more. For the same reasons, some smaller areas can be fat grafted as office procedures under local anaesthesia while larger areas such as the Breas-ts or buttocks will require to be done under general anaesthesia as a day care procedure. The donor site may be slightly painful for 2-3 days but near normal activity can be resumed by 7-10 days depending on the extent of surgery.
Fat grafts are of two types, Micro fat and Nano fat, depending on the processing after harvest. Micro fat is used as a filler usually while Nano fat, the thinner and more dilute form, usually for scar remodelling, maturation and improvement of skin quality. The body will naturally absorb some of the fat up to six weeks after the procedure. But usually the fat that survives after three months is permanent just like the existing fat in rest of the body. Since some of the transferred fat will be absorbed by the body, another 1-2 touch up procedures may be required after 3-6 months. For further questions, please contact Dr. (Col.) Vijay Langer and book an appointment.