Fat grafting is a procedure that harvests small amounts of your own fat from areas such as the buttocks, abdomen and inner thighs and transfers the cleaned fat into other areas such as the face and hands to smooth out wrinkles and lines. The incisions are made with a blunt needle and therefore there is no scarring and the effects are immediate.
Fat is harvested using a special suction cannula using sterile technique. Once enough fat is obtained from the donor area, it is then purified. This often requires the use of a centrifuge which spins the fat and removes impurities. The fat is then placed into the areas requiring augmentation. The injection needle is usually passed in and out of the areas to be augmented multiple times. This creates a ‘grid’ of threads of fat graft. The areas that were injected may then be massaged to create a satisfactory contour. A dressing may then be placed over the injection site.