What Happens During Fat Transfer Procedures?
Fat transfer is a three-step procedure that yields exceptional, natural-looking results. While each treatment is unique to the individual patient, there are several things you can expect during your procedure. In most cases, fat grafting is done in-office under local anesthetic and generally takes about one hour to complete.
Step One: Harvesting Fat from the Donor Site
Once a donor site has been determined (usually the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, or flanks), your surgeon will numb the area and prepare it for your minor surgery. Small incisions are made and involve almost no cutting. A thin cannula is inserted and a gentle liposuction technique is then applied to remove the desired amount of fat. This process may have a positive effect on the donor site. We strongly suggest you discuss the results you can expect at the fat donor site with your doctor at the consultation stage.
Step Two: Fat Purification
The harvested fat is then purified and prepared for re-injection. This technique allows for maximum efficacy with a low mortality rate for fat cells. Generally, this step is quick and takes just 10-15 minutes. If necessary, your incisions may be closed with dissolvable sutures while you wait.