How fat transfer works
Fat transfer is dramatically becoming an essential part of any plastic surgery. But do you wonder how it is done and how it works?
Here’s an overview:
When fat transfer is to be done to the buttock, you might notice that surgeons usually recommend you not to sit for two weeks. Why?
Fat transfer is a technique being used to harvest fat from the abdomen, flanks, and sides or from any area where a patient have excess fat. The harvested fat is stored in a sterile canister. Using the method of liposuction, the fat cells are being harvested in a way that they do not have their own blood supply. As part of the body, they can be easily nourished with blood supply.
When a patient gains weight, this is one of the reasons why the fat stays and becomes part of the body. During fat harvesting, the blood supply to the fat is destroyed. When it is transferred to any other area, it behaves as a graft, meaning it doesn’t have its own blood supply.
During the transfer, it is important that the recipient bed must have a significant blood supply. It takes a while for the fat or any graft to be taken by the body. Once surrounding a blood fluid that is bathing the graft is established, the fat essentially survives.
Any stress to the fat soon after it is grafted can cause damage. Stress can be in the form of infection, pressure and smoking. In about two weeks, the fat cells will be taken by the body. The area where the fat was transferred will get bigger. However, it will become smaller if you lose weight.