How is fat harvested for transfer to the butt?

How is fat harvested for transfer to the butt?

22nd Jan 2021

The augmentation of the buttocks has become an interest for many people over the last decade. Every day we see celebrities showing off impressive-looking buttocks and alluring curves. It is safe to say that skinny is no longer the sexy thing, but curves certainly are. 

While some might think that working out hard at the gym can help people get the buttocks of their dreams, the ones that actually try this method testify that it can be rather difficult to achieve impressive buttocks by physical exercise. Moreover, depending on the anatomy of each person, for some it can even be impossible.

Fortunately, nowadays people interested in getting a bigger, perkier butt can resort to plastic surgery to make their dream come true. Plastic surgery offers two procedures performed with the aim of increasing the size of the buttocks. One is butt implant surgery and uses gluteal implants to add more projection to the buttocks. The other is fat transfer to the buttocks.

Fat transfer has seen a considerable rise in demand over the last years as the procedure delivers impressive results with minimal risks. Fat transfer delivers 100% natural results as it only uses the patient’s own fat cells to augment the buttocks. 

When considering getting an augmentation of the buttocks, the patient needs to schedule an appointment with the plastic surgeon for a pre-operative consultation. During this meeting, the plastic surgeon will assess the condition of your buttocks and also ask about your aesthetic expectations. Depending on these factors, one of the two procedures will be recommended. In some cases, butt augmentation procedures with implants and fat can even be performed together.

So, how is fat harvested for fat transfer to the butt? This is a question we often get from patients during the initial meeting. It is important to know the details of the surgery, especially in the case of fat grafting to the butt as it entails actually two different plastic surgery procedures. 

The fat needed for transfer is harvested with the help of liposuction. In other words, we need liposuction to make fat transfer possible. Liposuction entails the use of small hollow cannulas that are inserted under the skin in areas with an excess of fat tissue. The cannulas are moved back and forth so the fat is dislodged and liquified and can be suctioned into the vacuum device attached to the cannula. 

Liposuction is fairly simple and straightforward and has minimal risks and complications when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an accredited medical facility. The areas often treated with liposuction to harvest the fat for transfer are the abdominal wall, flanks, and the thighs.

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