Fat Transfer: Fat Grafting, a Good Purpose for that Unwanted Extra Pound or So


America’s body conscious culture sees fat as the enemy. Our weight loss industry has grown around a never ending battle of the bulge. Fat may have been an energy depot for the cave man when hunting was unsuccessful, but most of us never face food shortage. Modern man is learning that fat is a metabolically active tissue that may have a variety of uses and may even hold the key to treating some diseases. Plastic surgeons are repurposing fat for its value in contouring and are continuing to evolve new uses.

Whenever a plastic surgeon undertakes to change or improve some aspect of the body he or she will run through a mental list of options before arriving at the best choice in the particular setting. Often there is more than one way to approach any problem. Guiding principles may include “first do no harm,” “substitute like for like whenever possible,” and “the simple solution is not always the best.” Fat grafting requires careful assessment using plastic surgical principles of how to get fat’s contouring usefulness with a minimum of disadvantages. There are pluses and minuses to every choice. 

In recent years fat grafting to the face is used more and more. The transfer is often made from the abdomen because that is where excess fat is readily available in most people. The fat is processed in a manner that separates the fat cells gently so to keep them viable. The treated fat is loaded into syringes and injected in a series of small droplets.

Category: Fat Transfer / Fat Grafting

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