Which areas of the body can be injected with fat?
Fat grafting can be performed in nearly any area of the body. Commonly grafted areas include the:
- Face (temples, cheeks, lips, lids, folds)
- Any areas of contour irregularity following liposuction
How long does the fat last?
The fat that survives the grafting process will last a lifetime. Grafting is essentially a transplant of tissue from one part of the body to another. The tissue that is transferred must get new blood supply from the recipient area. Some of the transplanted fat will not survive the transfer and is lost before it becomes re-vascularized. The amount of fat lost varies, but is typically about 50%. Therefore, we may inject approximately twice as much fat as the area requires. The remaining 50% that does survive and become vascularized is now healthy, living tissue that will not be lost.
Will grafted fat be affected by weight changes?
It depends. Grafted fat behaves like the donor site, not the recipient site. What that means is, if the fat is harvested from an area that tends to change with fluctuations in weight, then it will continue to respond to weight changes. For example, if a patient has fat transferred from her abdomen to her lips, and then gains 20 lbs, if her abdomen looks fuller at her new weight, then her lips may look a bit fuller as well.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of fat grafting versus other fillers?
The major advantages of fat grafting over fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse and Sculptra are longevity and natural feel. As discussed above, grafted fat will likely last a lifetime, whereas fillers typically last from 6 months to 2 years. Also, some of these fillers, particularly the non-hyaluronic acid fillers, can be a bit more palpable or nodular than fat, which usually has a soft, natural feel.
The major disadvantage of fat grafting versus “off the shelf” fillers is that it requires surgery to harvest and inject the fat, as opposed to fillers, which are generally done in the office. Fat grafting can be done under local anesthesia, or often is performed in conjunction with another surgery, such as a facelift.
To learn more about fat grafting and other services at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, please call 602-513-8133 or complete the online form on this page to arrange a consultation. Drs. Tamir and Ali serve patients in and around Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and all of the Phoenix area.