Patients often ask Dr. Steele if they can use their unwanted abdominal or thigh fat to augment other parts of their body. Fat grafting, or fat transfer surgery, offers the best of both worlds: liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat from areas with too much and then the fat is transferred to areas of the body with too little fat, creating more desirable contours. This treatment is highly versatile and can improve the appearance of the face, breasts, and buttocks. Fat grafting procedures are very safe and effective because they use the patient’s own fat instead of an implant or filler.
Facial Fat Grafting
Breast Augmentation with Fat
You should expect temporary bruising and swelling. The majority of the swelling will be gone by 2-3 months, but you will continue to see improvement up to 6 months. After surgery, a compression garment is typically worn to accelerate resolution of the bruising and swelling. This garment also helps to prevent fluid buildup in the areas of liposuction.
Because the body resorbs some of the fat, you may require repeat fat grafting. This is particularly true in the breasts.