FAT GRAFTING or AUTOLOGOUS FAT GRAFTING (AFT) or STRUCTURAL FAT GRAFTING
This is a procedure where in one’s own fat is harvested and injected into various areas of the body to ehnance or restore volume.
Depending on the size of the fat globules it could be Fat grafting or Micro Fat grafting or Nano fat grafting
Most common areas for AFT in the body are:
• Under eyes (Tear trough)
• Buttocks (Brazilian butt Lift)
AFT is a very technique dependent procedure. The fat that is injected into the body has to get incorporated into the body and receives its blood supply to survive. This process takes about 2-3 months during which some of the fat injected get absorbed.
In non visible areas like the breasts, buttocks, calves etc we can do a bit of overcorrection. But in the face overcorrection cannot be done.
Sometimes a second procedure might be required a few months down the line to achieve the desired filling.
The advantages of fat are that its one’s own tissue, easily available, minimal reactions. And lasts anywhere between 3-5 years. The flipside being a minor surgical procedure is required.
To ensure better survival of the fat sometimes PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is injected or mixed with the fat.
AFT to the breast:
Fat grafting to the breasts is growing steadily. But it has certain limitations. Firstly, most women who come for breast enhancement are already thin. Secondly we cannot do large enhancements with fat grafting. The fat injected into the breasts is usually in the range of 100-150 cc depending on the size, which might just give a one cup size increase. If more is needed, then a second sitting or an implant is preferable.
Brazilian Butt Lift:
AFT to the butt is another common procedure. It helps by increasing the volume and hence giving a higher more youthful look to the buttocks. Hence the name “Butt Lift”
Liposuction of the lower back can be added on to give a better waist toe hip ration (WHR) .