Liposuction and Fat Grafting
You Supply Your Own Injectable Filler
As we age fat gets redistributed throughout our body. We accumulate fat in areas where we do not want it and we often wish that we maintained fuller lips, cheeks, or buttocks. As the fat is lost from these areas the skin droops from the lack of volume. Fat is gained in areas we wish it would not; for example, about the waistline and abdomen.
Liposuction and fat grafting are both procedures that are frequently combined in Dr. Spence’s practice. Fat is an excellent filler for the lips, cheeks, buttocks, or acne scarring. At the time of liposuction fat is harvested with meticulous technique to avoid trauma to the fat cells. Areas that seem most resistant to weight loss are often the best areas to use, such as the love handles, abdomen, flanks, and the saddlebags (lateral thighs). These fat cells are gently and meticulously handled to maximize their viability for grafting. This process is essentially a transplant and since it’s your own tissue it is termed an auto transplant. The harvested fat is allowed to sit until all the surrounding fluid is separated. Using special fat injection needles, the fat cells are gently placed in several rows along the areas to be grafted. Very small amounts of fat are deposited each time. The body then nourishes this fat by the in growth of tiny blood vessels as well as bathing the fat cells in nutrients. Because this is a transplant, all the fat make not take at once and more than one grafting session may be required.
Orlando Body Contouring
Patients who have undergone liposuction elsewhere and have experienced contour depressions have also sought Dr. Spence’s care. This may involve doing liposuction to the surrounding areas and reinjecting the fat into the depressed area. Many patients find it most convenient to undergo their fat grafting procedures at the same time as their liposuction, although fat grafting procedures can be performed separately under local anesthesia.
To schedule a liposuction and fat grafting consultation with Dr. Spence at Orlando Plastic Surgery, call 407-999-2585 or request a consultation online. Also, feel free to browse through our Before and After Photo Gallery for Orlando body contouring photos.