Autologous fat grafting is a surgical procedure that has gained popularity over the last several years. The procedure involves harvesting fat from a separate site in the patient’s body by means of liposuction. The fat is prepared then reinjected into the treatment area using small injection needles. Fat grafting can be used throughout the body to restore volume to areas of volume loss, to correct contour irregularities, and to enhance or augment volume. Common areas for fat grafting in our practice are the deep lines around the mouth, contour irregularities in the breasts following breast reconstruction, and other postsurgical contour irregularities.
The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia with or without oral sedation or with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Small treatment areas can be performed as an office based procedure while larger procedures are done at the Surgery Center or Hospital based operating room. The surgery is an outpatient procedure.
Most patients have some mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort associated with this procedure. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed. There will be a few sutures and dressings to be removed. There will be activity restrictions for 2 weeks and until incisions are well healed.