How do fat grafts stay alive?
What is fat grafting used for?
Fat transfer or fat grafting has had all kinds of uses. It's very popular in breast reconstruction. If we need a little more volume in the reconstructed breasts, we simply harvest fat from one part of the body and add it to the breasts to make them a little more voluminous or to improve their shape. We can use similar strategies in breast augmentation, either to enhance the appearance of a breast implant-based breast augmentation, or to do a breast augmentation with fat grafting or fat transfer on its own. Both of those things are fairly popular now. One of my favorite uses for fat grafts is in facial rejuvenation, and we can use fat to rejuvenate the face in several different ways. One of the main things that leads to the classic appearances of facial aging is the loss of facial volume. So instead of using fillers to increase facial volume and improve facial structure, we can actually use fat grafts and transfer fat from elsewhere in the body to the face to create a more youthful appearance.We can also use fat grafting for facial rejuvenation in combination with a facelift. So where a facelift is excellent for dealing with skin laxity and we can reposition the deeper tissues of the face, there's a limit to how much volume change and volume repositioning we can do with the facelift because if you've already lost a lot of fat from your face, you can't create that fat from nowhere. Whereas with fat grafting, you have a whole new kind of flexibility. So you can reposition the facial foundation with the facelift. You can re-drape the skin to be exactly where you'd like it to be to have a nice youthful contour. But now you have this really great source of volume in the form of fat from elsewhere in the body, and we can do fat grafting at the same time as a facelift to both build that foundation and also increase facial volume, build a really nice youthful appearance.