Fat grafting or transfer is a technique whereby fat is taken from some areas of the body, processed and transferred to new areas so as to improve contour, repair scar tissue, reconstruct a missing part and improve skin quality. Approximately 60% of the transferred fat survives and becomes permanent. However 'top-ups' may be required.
Fat is know to contain a high concentration of stem cells which are reparative cells in the body that can help regenerate tissue
Fat grafting can be combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) to add growth factors to the fat. However there is no definite evidence that adding PRP is of any significant advantage.
Fat grafting can be used to treat large areas such as in:
- Breast reconstruction
- Breast augmentation
- Buttock augmentation
- Correction of congenital defects
It can also be used to treat:
- Post liposuction deformities
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Face rejuvenation
Donor sites for fat transfer are usually areas of the body where if fat is removed the general body contour is improved eg: tummy, flanks, thighs
Fat transfer requires very specialised expertise and is not to be undertaken lightly.