Fat grafting or fat transfer can be used to restore lost volume in certain areas of the body or as a filler to increase the size of the breasts, buttocks, calves, biceps, or triceps. It can also be used to restore a youthful look to the hands. Much like sculpting, fat grafting changes the contour of the area that receives the fat injection.
Fat grafting involves removing fat from an area of the body that has excess fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, love handles, buttocks, or upper arms. Then, the fat is injected into the area that needs to be increased or that has depressions on the skin. Because your own fat is used, there is no danger of an allergic reaction.
Your surgeon needs to have the experience to know which fat to harvest, how to prepare it, and how to inject and graft it. The fat must also be processed and handled carefully in order for it to be permanent. Dr. Sajjadian is highly skilled in the art and science of fat grafting and is sought after for his ability to provide naturally beautiful, permanent results.
Results of Fat Grafting
Fat grafting can enhance a number of areas by:
- Filling depressions on the skin for a smoother appearance
- Restoring a younger look to aging hands
- Increasing the size of the breasts in addition to or instead of implants
- Increasing the size of the calves
- Increasing the size of the biceps and/or triceps
- Providing a rounder bottom through a Brazilian butt lift
The fat grafts take on the attributes of the tissue where they’re injected. So, if the fat is injected in the buttocks, biceps, triceps, or calves, it will feel like muscle. In the breasts or hands, it will feel appropriately soft but firm.
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The Fat Grafting Procedure
Before your procedure, Dr. Sajjadian will conduct a thorough examination and give you a full rundown of what to expect. He will also consult with you in order to choose which areas will serve as fat donor sites.
The fat will be removed through liposuction, which involves inserting a tube (cannula) through a small incision connected to a syringe that suctions out the amount of fat needed. The incisions are small and can usually be made in discreet places.
The fat must then be processed, but it can be injected during the same procedure. A needle is used to transfer the harvested fat to the area that you want enhanced. Both stages of the procedure are usually performed using a local anesthetic and IV sedation.
The length of your surgery will depend on the size of the areas to be treated.
Recovery from Fat Grafting
Recovery time depends on how many injections you’ve had and how much fat has been harvested, but most patients take 1-2 weeks off from work. Dr. Sajjadian will let you know how long you should stay home to heal.
You can expect significant bruising, soreness, and swelling at the donor and injection sites for about a week. The bruising and swelling will begin to subside by week two of your recovery, and your stitches will be removed in about a week after your surgery during one of your follow-up visits.
For some fat grafting procedures, you’ll need to wear a custom-made compression garment for a few weeks.
Dr. Sajjadian will give you a prescription for pain medication, as well as full instructions on how to wash, when you can return to work, when you can exercise, etc.