Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, has seen a steady rise in popularity. It essentially involves improving defects or deformities in contour with one’s own, natural tissue. During this process, fat is extracted from an area of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen, in a process similar to liposuction. However, unlike standard liposuction, which targets pockets of fat for removal, fat grafting additionally focuses upon replacing the removed fat to specific areas so as to enhance volume. The fat which had been extracted is gently processed through one of a number of different methods to yield purified fat, separating it from the extraneous fluids. This purified fat is subsequently injected into an area, such as the breast or face, to achieve an immediate improvement in contouring.
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