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Autologous fat transfer is the transplantation of fat from suitable donor sites in the body to areas where fat is considered more desirable. Autologous fat transfer is currently used as a facial filler, for lip augmentation, cheek augmentation and to fill in areas where facial fat pads may have become minimal or moved due to the aging factor. The beginning of autologous fat transfer is the use of liposuction to remove fat from the donor site. This fat is then separated from other material, such as blood and connective tissue.
Then the fat is injected into the area to be treated. Once the autologous fat transfer takes, the results should be permanent. This is why it is sometimes known as a fat graft because it is like removing fat from one part of the body and grafting it in another. However, the fat transfer process results in about 50% or more of the fat cells which are injected, to be absorbed by the body.
Therefore more fat is injected than required since the physician accounts for 50% or more fat re-absorption. You may require a touch-up fat transfer procedure once or twice, since each body reacts differently, and it is difficult to predict how much fat will be re-absorbed by the body. This filler treatment that can give a lifetime of results with just one, two, or at most three sessions, is quite remarkable.