Fat grafting involves two separate procedures. First, the fat is removed from unwanted areas, such as the abdomen, waist or thighs using liposuction. The fat is then used to shape or fill other areas of the face or body.
Fat injections can be used on the face much like any filler, adding volume to the lips or cheeks, and filling in marionette lines and deep wrinkles.
The Brazilian Butt lift involves injecting larger volumes of harvested fat into the gluteal area to create a fuller and more curvaceous bottom. Fat can also be placed in the back of the hand to create a more youthful appearance.
Smaller areas of liposuction and grafting take one to two hours. A Brazilian butt lift can take up to three hours.
People have little discomfort with fat grafting. However, some swelling and bruising are usually noted for the first two to three days.
Facial fat grafting can be done completely under local anesthesia, or if the patient wishes, IV sedation. General anesthesia or an IV sedation is typically used for a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Fat cells are living tissue. Most of the cells transferred will survive each transfer procedure. The cells will gain or lose volume just like any other fat cells in your body, so diet and exercise can lead to their shrinking. It is common for patients to undergo a second procedure a few months after the initial transfer to achieve best results. At the time of fat harvest, any excess fat is saved, and may be used for future procedures.
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