Fat is liposuctioned from a fatty area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs. Only tiny incisions are needed to remove the unwanted fat. Before the fat is injected into the targeted area, Dr. Agullo processes it for purification. Once injected, the fat will develop a new blood supply and thrive as living tissue. Some of the injected fat will be absorbed by the body, but the cells that survive are permanent and will grow and shrink in size with weight fluctuations.
Fat transfer is highly effective when it is done correctly. While it is true that some of the transferred fat will be absorbed by the body, this can be avoided by initially injecting more fat than is needed into the area. Dr. Agullo’s technique of using protein rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s own blood aids in rejuvenation, collagen formation, and fat survival.
Dr. Agullo often prefers to use an advanced technique for fat grafting that involves the placement of platelet rich plasma (PRP) to enhance results. Blood is drawn from the patient and is centrifuged to obtain growth factors. These are injected into the face to promote collagen production, which leads to the youthful, plump look. Dr. Agullo prefers to mix PRP with fat to increase the fat survival and take, which yields greater results in the long-term survival of the fat cells that have been repositioned.
Recovery time with fat transfer is typically much shorter than it would be with traditional augmentation surgeries. Most patients plan for two weeks of recovery. Many patients feel back to normal sooner than two weeks depending on how extensive the procedure was and whether general or local anesthesia was used. Rest is essential during recovery, but moving is also important to avoid blood clots or complications.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with fat transfer, but they are rare and/or temporary. These potential complications are less likely to develop with fat transfer than they are with traditional augmentation procedures. These include disappearing fat tissue, lumpiness, potential scarring, infection, rippled or textured areas, asymmetry, fat atrophy, and cysts or nodules. Dr. Agullo performs the fat grafting procedure with very small injections, which localizes any deformities or asymmetry, lowers risks, and improves fat survival.