Fat Grafting

shutterstock_75005590Whether conducted alone or in conjunction with another procedure, fat grafting can help smooth lines and wrinkles, minimize signs of scarring or other skin injuries, and improve the volume and/or contour of facial features such as the lips, chin, and cheeks. Additionally, it can be employed to enhance the size and/or shape of the breasts and buttocks, as well as to help reconstruct the breasts after lumpectomy or mastectomy. Also known as fat transfer or fat injections, this innovative procedure utilizes the patient’s own fat, which is generally obtained via liposuction from the hips, abdomen, thighs, or other areas of the body that have an ample accumulation of fatty tissue. Since the fat is harvested from the individual’s own body, allergy testing is not required prior to treatment. Furthermore, unlike various other volumizing injectables and fillers, results from fat grafting can last many years – sometimes permanently.

To perform the fat grafting procedure at The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, Dr. Lorri Cobbins or Dr. Brian Braithwaite will first administer a local anesthetic into the donor region to help diminish or even eliminate any potential discomfort. Next, liposuction will be performed to remove fat tissues for transfer, which provides the additional benefit of body contouring in the particular donor site. Once extracted, harvested fat will be carefully filtered, cleansed, and reinjected into targeted areas of the body/face using a sterilized needle and special cannula.

Following the procedure, some minor swelling and/or bruising may be present in the treatment area, though these effects generally subside relatively quickly. The majority of individuals experience little to no pain after fat grafting, but any potential discomfort can often be managed with medication. For most patients, approximately 30%-40% of transferred fat will eventually be reabsorbed by the body. To account for this reabsorption, Dr. Cobbins and Dr. Braithwaite generally inject extra fat into the targeted treatment area. Ultimately, the results achieved via fat transfer can be exceptionally natural looking and feeling, and the outcomes are permanent in many instances.

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Brian M. Braithwaite, M.D.
Lorri Cobbins, M.D.

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Chicago, IL 60661
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