Fat Grafting removes fat from the patient’s body and replants it where needed. It is typically taken from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and injected into another area that requires plumping, such as the face.
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During your surgery:
You may be given an oral sedative and may receive injections of sterile saline, Lidocaine, and possibly epinephrine as a vasoconstrictor and bicarbonate (to neutralize the acidity of the preservative in the Lidocaine) in your treatment area(s) and your donor site. The fat will be removed from the donor site with a small hypodermic needle using 1/2 atm. or special cannula with limited suction as so not to damage the membrane of the fat cell. The fat is then spun in a centrifuge to remove excess fluids and the damaged fat cells are picked out and only whole, undamaged fat cells would be used. The fat is then injected with the use of a separate smaller hypodermic either just under the wrinkle or deep within the muscle in some areas as there is a higher vascularity within the muscle increasing the longevity of the fat graft. Some patients report mild bruising. Most of the swelling may be gone in as little as 2 weeks, although some swelling may persist.