A renewed clinical interest in fat grafting for both reconstructive and aesthetic purposes has prompted plastic surgeons and other medical practitioners to perform fat transfer/fat graft and fat injections procedures. Fat grafting techniques reflect the evolution of the procedure since the first case was reported more than 100 years ago. Today, fat transfer procedures are similarly used in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Indications for autologous fat grafting include breast, gluteal augmentation and repair of contour deformities; facial augmentation and correction of defects; hand rejuvenation; lip augmentation; and aesthetic improvement.
What to Expect:
Step 1 – Liposuction
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula. In general, your surgeon may liposuction up to three times the amount of fat than what will actually be injected into the buttocks.
Step 2 – Fat Injection
The fat, tissue and blood that were removed through liposuction are then processed. The syringes are then connected to a special cannula. Your surgeon will use this cannula to add the fat to the buttocks through small injections all over your buttocks.
Step 3 – See the Results
The results of buttock augmentation are immediately visible; however, you will not see your final results until a year after the surgery, as it takes a while for the fat to “take.” This procedure offers natural looking and feeling results, but the projection of the buttocks may decrease over time. Some of the initial volume you experience after your fat grafting.