Fat Transfers and Grafting
Since the early nineties, cosmetic surgeons have perfected the process of harvesting fat from one location in the body and transferring it to another for aesthetic or repair purposes. Fat transfer, or fat injections, are also called autologous fat transfer. It uses a patient’s own body fat from well-populated areas (thighs or buttocks) to plump or enhance areas where more volume or contour is needed.
In the fat transfer process, fatty tissue is harvested then liquified. The liquid fat is then injected in targeted areas to fill lines and grooves, or to fill low areas. Eyelids, cheeks and lips are popular areas for fat transfers although it can be used to cosmetically enhance many other parts of the body, such as the hands and breasts.
Cosmetic Repairs with Fat Grafting
Due to the high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in adipose fatty tissue, cosmetic surgeons have found great success using fat grafting to perform repairs after surgery or trauma. Targeted injections of fat add stem cells to a damaged area, prompting the body’s own healing processes while filling in necessary fat volume. The procedure has been used with great success in repairing damage to breast tissue following radiation treatment.
Dr. Eric Cerrati is a skilled and experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who can use fat transfers and grafting to enhance or repair a variety of areas. Choosing a fellowship trained, double board certified surgeon to perform your cosmetic procedures is a wise decision. You should trust your health and appearance to no one else with lesser skills and experience.
During a confidential consultation with Dr. Cerrati, he will explain all the risks and benefits of fat transfers and grafting, as well as his suggestions for how it can best enhance your appearance. You can schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Cerrati by contacting either of our offices in Salt Lake City or South Jordan, Utah. Call or message us online today.