Which areas may be treated with fat transfers?

The human body has fat reserves below almost every inch of skin and even inside the abdominal cavity but unfortunately, such fat usually is not distributed evenly. Some areas have fat excess while some others suffer from lack of fat.

On such cases Dr. Jan Garcia from the Plastic Surgery Arts Center recommends a surgical procedure called a “fat transfer” or “fat graft” to deal with areas requiring reshaping and remodeling.

The science behind the procedure is to take a patient’s own fat from areas where there is enough, and transfer it to the anatomic location to be treated. By doing so, the fat is used as an autologous filler which helps the surgeon to reshape, fill and remodel a specific body region.

Since fat is present below all skin, practically each bodily area is susceptible of being treated with fat transfers. A fat graft may be used as a facial filler as well for buttocks augmentations and even breast augmentation.

Fat is usually better than synthetic fillers because the lack of adverse reaction to the body, longer lasting results and no rejection reactions usually occur, but although better than synthetic dermal fillers, transferring fat is also usually more expensive. Furthermore, for large areas such as buttocks and breasts a single session might not be enough so it might be necessary to perform between 3-5 procedures in order to achieve the desired contour.

However, if the pros and cons are weighed out, fat transfer is a very effective, safe and versatile procedure that may be used virtually on every kind of remodeling procedure with little risk or concerns for the patient. So, if there’s no contradiction, using a patients’ own fat as dermal filler is normally the best choice.