Usually involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, washing, purifying it, and then reinjecting it in the areas requiring augmentation. The procedure may need to be repeated several times to achieve the desired result. The most grafted areas include face, hands, lips and scars.
Fat is harvested using special suction cannulas. Using sterile techniques the collected fat is washed and then placed into the areas requiring augmentation.
Side effects include swelling, bruising, numbness, infection, asymmetry, loss of vitality of the fat grafted. Routinely 50% of the grafted fat loses its vitality. The fat stem cells are not the same as the embryonic stem cells. They are not “toti- potent” meaning that they cannot turn into any kind of cell. They are somehow evolved, unipotent, so that they can only become other fat cells, or muscle, blood or cartilage cells.