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How Is Fat Grafting Used for Plastic Surgery Revision?

Even when patients work with the most highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, there’s always the chance that a procedure’s ultimate results may not quite live up to their expectations. An individual’s healing ability, rest and recovery, and multiple other factors work together to determine the final outcome. Alternatively, patients’ preferences may change as they get older, or results from a prior procedure may shift over time as age and gravity take their toll.

If you’re unhappy with your current plastic surgery results, a revision procedure is always an option for someone looking to address the changes that were made. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Culbertson, who performs procedures in the San Francisco area, explains that fat transfer can be useful for some revision procedures, especially on the breasts and body.

Revision procedures are usually more complex than standard surgical procedures, but can be highly beneficial when performed by a surgeon who has a solid understanding of the procedure, anatomy, and expected long-term results of cosmetic changes. Nevertheless, it’s important that you allow your body to fully recover and “settle” after any procedure, especially before opting to have a revision procedure done.

With that in mind, it can take several months for the peak results of some breast surgeries and other body procedures to be fully revealed, as well as for swelling to fully resolve.

If the timing is right, Dr. Culbertson can work to personalize a procedure that makes use of fat transfer to alter the look of a prior surgery. During fat transfer (also referred to as fat grafting), a patient’s own body fat is taken from an area such as the thighs or stomach, purified, and prepared for re-injection into another part of the body that needs volume.

In the event that you experience some irregularities from a botched liposuction procedure, for example, the fat extracted with fat grafting can be used to fill in unwanted dimpling and balance out asymmetries. Sometimes in a liposuction revision surgery, the fat grafting may be combined with additional liposuction to create a more even surface.

Fat grafting can also be used after breast augmentation with implants. Harvested and purified fat is often placed along the borders of the breasts to form more natural looking cleavage. It can also be used to smooth out irregular contours on the breasts.

Are you dissatisfied with results from a previous procedure? It may be time to consider plastic surgery revision as an option. For more information on how fat transfer works, reach out to Dr. Eric Culbertson and the rest of the team at the San Francisco Bay Area’s Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Call 415.433.0303 or write directly online.