Fat Grafting Pensacola

In recent years, “fat grafting” or “fat transfer” has become very popular. Fat grafting is essentially taking fat from areas of excess and giving it to areas of deficiency. Many plastic surgeons have said that “fat grafting” is the “hottest” thing in plastic surgery at the present time. At the 2013 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual meeting in New Orleans, there was an entire day of lectures and discussions dedicated to “fat grafting.” This day was appropriately named “Fat Tuesday.”

Fat grafting is a powerful technique that has many applications in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Most patients have a negative view of fat because people tend to focus on fat’s excessive presence in unwanted areas – which explains why liposuction was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2013 with 363,912 liposuction procedures performed.* Aging, cancer and injury can all leave certain tissues and areas of the body with a DEFICIENCY of fat tissue. These areas of deficiency even occur in overweight patients who have an overall total body excess of fat tissue. The areas that most commonly develop a DEFICIENCY of fat tissue with aging include the dorsum of the hands, the buttock and the face. At Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery weutilize fat grafting most commonly in Face Lifts, Hand Rejuvenation, Brazilian Butt Lifts and some Breast Reconstruction cases.

In pure liposuction cases, where the fat is discarded (not transferred/grafted), the only goal is to remove the patient’s unwanted fat and leave behind a nice contour. Careful harvest of the fat cells for future survival in a new location is not important in pure liposuction cases because the removed fat is discarded.

In fat grafting cases, attention is paid to carefully removing the fat so that it will remain viable for transfer (grafting) into a new location. This means using special cannulas, suction devices and processing techniques to get the fat ready for injection into a new location. The face, hands and buttock all require different harvesting, processing and injection techniques.

The pros of fat grafting are that the technique uses the patient’s own tissue (autologous) and the results are permanent, meaning the fat cells that survive the transfer will persist as long as the host tissue remains alive. Another pro is that 100 mL of autologous fat, is much less expensive than 100 mL of a biologic filler such as Juvederm. The cons of fat grafting include the inability to precisely predict how much fat will survive the transfer and persist in the new location.

Facility Office/Clinic, Surgery Center or Hospital
Anesthesia Local anesthesia in the office/clinic. Or if you prefer, we can also perform the procedure under IV sedation at a Surgery Center or Hospital; or general anesthesia at a surgery center or hospital.

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery office in the area offering Canfield Vectra 3-D Imaging and Breast Sculptor software.