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How Are Liposuction and Fat Transfer Related?

Patients seeking liposuction in the San Francisco Bay Area typically want to make specific areas of their body smaller by removing fat cells. Some of these patients are happy to end the procedure there, but others turn their eyes to a different feature and want to continue to shape their contours by adding volume to an area that could use a boost.

Known as fat transfer, this practice harvests fat cells for use in another procedure for the same patient, such as a Brazilian butt lift. Fat transfer and liposuction for body contouring are naturally linked—since one can use fat cells suctioned out by the other. For small volumes, such as in facial fat grafting, only small pockets of fat are required for collection. For larger areas, such as the buttocks or breasts, candidates should have an ample amount of fat cells in the donor area.

Because fat transfer needs living cells to be effective, suction-assisted liposuction is the ideal removal technique: It is powerful enough to suction the cells out of the body, but gentle enough to leave a sufficient number of them intact. If ruptured, the cells are no longer viable.

The harvested cells must be processed to remove any unwanted liquids that came along with them during the liposuction process. After this, they are considered purified and ready for injection to add subtle or more volume to the breasts, buttocks, or elsewhere.

Because the fat cells come from one area on a patient’s body and go into another, there is no concern of rejection as with a foreign body or substance being used to add volume.

For more information about the versatile procedure known as fat transfer, liposuction, and how the two can best be combined for body contouring, call The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Healdsburg at (707) 473-0220 or San Francisco at (415) 433-0303. You can also send a message online.