Fat Transfer Surgery: A Youthful Boost in Volume Using Your Own Tissue
During a fat transfer surgery, Dr. Stephen P. Hardy in Missoula, MT, removes excess fat from one area of the body using liposuction and transfers it to another area to add volume and improve contours. It can be an ideal way to sculpt your problem areas, like stomach or thighs, while plumping your facial features, hands, or lips. Also called fat grafting or fat injection, fat transfer surgery is a safe, versatile cosmetic procedure that can produce very satisfying results.
The best candidates for fat grafting are in good overall health, but are unable to reduce fat in specific areas through diet and exercise. These patients should also wish to augment another area of their body. Commonly, the fat is liposuctioned from the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), buttocks, or thighs. The purified fat can then be used to:
- Fill facial areas, reducing creases, crow’s feet, and sunken cheeks. It can also reduce the appearance of acne scars.
- Augment the lips and fill lip wrinkles for a fuller, more youthful appearance.
- Rejuvenate the hands by plumping wrinkled skin and diminishing the appearance of underlying vessels and tendons.