Fat transfer, also known as fat injection, uses liposuction to take fat from one part of the body and then injects it into another area of the body for added volume. Excess fat is removed from an area of the body, such as the abdomen, jowls, or buttocks, and then cleansed so that fat cells are isolated. Next, the fat is injected into the areas of the body that need volume. Fat transfer can be more beneficial over other body contouring alternatives because the fat cells come from the patient’s own body and there is no risk of allergic reaction.
A common area where fat transfer is used is the buttocks. Fat transfer to buttocks is also called buttocks augmentation or Brazilian Butt Lift. During this procedure in Gainesville, excess fat is removed from the thighs, abdomen or back and is then transplanted into the buttocks for a fuller, more rounded look. Fat transfer to buttocks is often preferred over buttock implants because results feel more natural and the risk of post-operative complications is significantly decreased.
Fat transfer to buttocks has generally proven to be safer and to cause fewer complications than the use of artificial implants for butt augmentation or other enhancement procedures. Whenever artificial materials are placed within the body, there is always a chance, albeit slight, that the body will react negatively and try to force them out. Since fat transfer uses purified fat that has been taken from the patient’s own body via liposuction, there is virtually no chance of such rejection occurring. Although it is less invasive than many other forms of cosmetic plastic surgery, fat transfer is still a surgical procedure and, as such, is not without some element of risk. However, suitable candidates generally experience excellent, long-term results.
Adults who are at or near their ideal weight and who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone are optimal candidates for liposuction and so are usually suitable candidates for fat transfer as well. Since the procedure does require a source of fat that can be removed, patients should have some amount of excess body fat, typically in isolated areas of the abdomen or thighs. As with all cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, patients generally enjoy the most satisfaction when they go into the procedure with a positive outlook, specific, well-articulated goals and realistic expectations.