Fat transfer (fat grafting or fat injection) is a minimally invasive procedure that takes fat from one part of the body with excess fat, such as thighs, abdomen and hips, and transfers it to another part of the body that might lack volume, such as face, stomach, buttocks, breasts or hands. Thanks to an American surgeon, Sydney Coleman, and his new methods in taking and transferring fat, this procedure has become very popular. Long-term results show the effectiveness of fat transfer not only in changing the body shape, but also in age reversal. The regenerative stem cells, which exist in fat, affect tissue in a very positive way by restoring them and slowing down the aging process.
Procedure. Fat transfer is performed by a special syringe, and not by machine, in order for tissue to stay less transformed, and livelier. The absorbed fat is prepared for the transfer – it’s centrifuged and cleaned to separate the blood and to get rid of distorted fat and fluids. The prepared fat is transferred into the body. The amount of transferred fat can differ from few milliliters (for face or hands) to few hundred of milliliters (for breasts or buttocks). Thanks to modern methods that allow for large amounts of fat to be transferred, breast shape corrections by using patient’s own fat are becoming very popular. The most common disadvantage of fat transfer is that not all of the new tissue assimilates. Even though 30-70% of the new tissue needs to assimilate in order for the result to be considered positive, repeat procedures are common. The patient can go back to work the next day.