What is fat transfer/fat grafting/fat injection?
Fat transfer is a procedure where fat is removed from one area of the body and then placed into other areas of the body that would benefit from increased volume. As we age we lose fat, muscle, and bone along with loss of skin elasticity and collagen. This becomes noticeable in the face as sunken eyes, hollow temples and thin lips. The hands too lose the subcutaneous tissue, making the blood vessels and tendons coursing through the hands more prominent. In the breasts, women lose fullness at the superior pole with age, especially after breast feeding. All these areas of loss can be augmented with fat to restore the more youthful appearance of a full, firm face or body. Fortunately, there is usually an adequate source of fat which can be obtained from the abdomen, thighs or flanks by liposuction and then transferred to areas that will benefit from volume.