Fat grafting — also referred to as free fat transfer or lipofilling — is a procedure to fill up facial features or breasts or buttocks with your own body fat instead of using a chemical filling or an implant. This is a highly efficient procedure as it is not very invasive and produces natural results.
The fat used for fat transfer can be extracted from any part of your body like the abdomen or thighs by liposuction or areas u wish to lose fat from and it will be injected where needed. This cosmetic procedure can be used to rejuvenate the face, enhance the cheeks or lips, or correct problems, such as hollowness around the eyes or scars or augment the breasts or the buttocks. It can also be used to rejuvenate aging hands giving them more youthful appearance.
It is a surgical procedure done under general anaesthesia or regional anaesthesia where fat is removed (through liposuction) from one area of body, where there is excess, and injected in other areas of body where enhancement is required. The areas of body where fat can be injected are : buttock (brazilian butt lift), breast and calf. It can be also injected in the face to enhance areas like cheek, chin or lips , to fill out depression such as under the eye and to fill out lines on the face such as the smile lines. As the fat is removed with liposuction it is simultaneously processed/filtered to remove the impurities before being injected.
There are different types of fat grafting techniques that can be used to transfer fat around your body. Each one has its own use and benefits.
Structural Fat Grafting: This is when large fat particles are taken and used to replace significant loss of volume in areas of the body such as the butt, breast, etc. Irregularities can occur after undergoing a breast or butt augmentation with implants. When the shape of a breast or butt needs optimizing, fat grafting can be used.
Micro Fat Grafting: This is when smaller fat particles are taken and used to correct fine lines on the face. It works similar to a dermal filler in that it corrects wrinkles, creases, etc. Another factor that sets a micro fat grafting apart from other dermal fillers is the length of time that the volume enhancement lasts. Generally, the effects of fat injection can last years and in some cases, the effects last indefinitely.
Nano Fat Grafting: Like other fat grafting procedures here too fat is harvested from you body as described in points above. The fat is processed so as to have nanofat particles and it is then injected using specific cannulae. The chances of take of nanofat are reported to be the highest because the smaller size of fat in this process makes it easier for the body to take it up. At Phi Cosmetic Clinics we use nanofat grafting at the forefront of surgical antiaging surgeries.