What is autologous fat grafting?
Taking your own fat and re-tasking it in areas of your body to make your face look younger, your breasts more full, your face more rejuvenated, your lips more youthful and your hands restored to their natural beauty. That is the goal of taking your own bio-active tissues, harvesting them in the operating room and transferring them to places restoring your natural beauty using autologous fat grafting.
How is it performed?
Patients who don’t smoke can be candidates for fat grafting. Vaping and smoking have toxins that transmit to your blood that give lower success rates of fat grafting results. Fat grafting can go into the face, the lips, the breast, the breast that has had radiation, the implanted breast, the droopy breast, the hands, even the joints (NORM link). Dr Vanek has successfully fat grafted abdomen sites where liposuction or tummy tucks have been performed to improve the results of other surgeons.
Brazilian butt lifting has popularized the use of your fat that is transferred into the buttocks to make a more beautiful you! Patients who have had implant surgery, either for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons, sometimes are not in harmony with their implants. Occasionally they develop capsular contractures, stiffness or other symptoms from having the implant not agree with their physiology. For those patients who want to have fuller breasts but may not be the best candidates for implant use, the discussion about autologous fat may be for you. Harvesting your abdomen, your flanks, your thighs and your arms all can contribute to the breast size that you may want. Some patients who are already expanded breast tissue with implants are best served to replace some of the volume goals that they have with the fat they have available in their body. If you have these concerns, you may be a candidate for autologous fat grafting.
Depending upon the volume of fat required, the use of Coleman technique or autologous fat grafting using Vaser technology is a method of harvesting the fat that has great results. Dr Vanek will talk over your goals with you. That means the areas that you don’t like are the donor site, and the area that the fat goes is called the recipient site. During your consult Dr Vanek will determine which donor sites will be used to get you the results you want. The procedure of harvesting your fat and transferring it to the area that makes you happy is done in the operating room. Tumescent fluid is placed under the skin and the fat is harvested. The area where the fat is placed is then injected with cannula or needle technique, which will be discussed at the time of your consultation.