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Positive and Negative Effects of Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting Effects Fat transfers, also referred to as ‘fat grafting,’ is the process of taking fat from one part of the body and transferring it to the site of treatment.

Usually the point of conducting a fat transfer is to create and structure a more youthful appearance. This procedure is a rather common one to perform, yet it does have its positives and negatives to it.

Negative Effects

  • Your patient could have an allergic reaction to the fat transfer if their own fat isn’t used. Fat grafting often includes using fat from your own body so that it is more compatible in the new area it is transferred to.
  • About 40% of the fat absorbs into its new location, meaning that it could possibly give lesser results than expected. With thorough training and a better understanding, conducting a fat transfer will become easier and you will be capable of creating the results you anticipated for your patient.
  • Sometimes, fat grafting will take several treatments in order to get the most efficient and desired results.  
  • Minor swelling and bruising are common side effects of fat transfers.

Positive Effects

  • There is a very low complication rate.
  • The procedure doesn’t create scarring.
  • Fat transfers are an outpatient procedure.
  • The recovery process is lesser than most other offered procedures that try to achieve similar results.
  • Fat injections can often be combined with other procedures for optimal results.
  • Fat transfers are quite painless. Only needles are used in the process of a transfer.
  • To keep feeling in an area of treatment, fat transfers are often the best solution. The fat is compatible with your body and will therefore be one of the safest ways to ensure proper healing and sensation.
  • Fat transfers have been used heavily for over one hundred years.

Considering that fat transfers are substantially safer than other alternative procedures, it’s an effective business decision to offer this option to your patients. Their recovery time will be lessened and the side effects are fewer and far between. There are more positives associated with fat grafting than there are negatives.