Take Some From Here and Put It Over There: New Plastic Surgery Statistics show patients choose to use own fat to fill and shape.
The recently released American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Statistics Report show an increase in fat transfer procedures in 2016. From filling in contours of the face to body fat reduction to augmentations of the breast and buttocks, the use of fat has shown a recent increase in popularity.
“One trend involving fat transfer has been the ability to take unwanted fat from a certain area and move it to a more desirable place. It’s a bit like recycling of the patients’ own material”, said Nashville plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Burgdorf of Music City Plastic Surgery.
In comparison to procedure in 2015, 2016 procedures show:
- Minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13%
- Buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26%
- Breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72%
- Injection-based fat reducing procedures in specific areas such as under the chin, increased 18%
“Fat can be a great and somewhat “renewable” resource for many to use to change the contours of the body or the face.”
Fat transfer involves removal of the fat from one area with liposuction, treating the fat with specialized techniques (these can vary from surgeon to surgeon) and then replacement of the fat into the more desirable location. This can be a more permanent or longer lasting solution than some of the fillers. The major drawback with fat transfer is the degree of unpredictability in the amount of fat that stays around. Approximately 50% of the fat is resorbed by the body after transfer. “For this reason, we tend to “overfill” or “over-correct” the area with the anticipation that some of that correction will disappear within the first several months after the procedure. I liken this to the opposite of a hair cut. We can always put more in (as opposed to taking more off with the haircut). Thankfully, finding additional donor sites usually isn’t too hard.”
Patients should understand that the fat transferred will still act like the fat from the body area from which it was removed. So if you preferentially carry your weight in your abdominal region and use this fat for transfer, if you gain weight again it will tend to go towards the newly transferred site. same if you lose weight. So extreme weight loss is not recommended after fat transfer because you may lose the contours you’ve gained with the fat transfer. Similarly, award-winning Nashville, TN plastic surgeon, Dr. Burgdorf cautions, “just because this can be a somewhat renewable resource, that shouldn’t give patients the green light to over-eat or else they will gain weight throughout their entire body, including the recipient and harvest site alike.
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