Dr. Sult will use a marker to highlight pre selected locations, called donor sites, which are to undergo liposuction. A local anesthetic is applied before small incisions are made to allow the insertion of cannula (thin tubes). The fat is then extracted using a vacuum and prepared for cleansing. To achieve this, the samples are placed into a centrifuge(or other processing devices) whereby fat cells are separated from non-fat cells. Once the non-fat cells have been disposed of, the fat cells are placed into small syringes for the fat transfer.
The transfer process begins similarly to the liposuction. Once the areas for injection, called recipient sites, are clearly marked, small incisions are made. A cannula is then inserted at each incision point, and the cleansed fat is redistributed between tissue planes. The process is repeated numerous times to create a literal graft of fat to fill out the targeted region.
It may be necessary to repeat the fat grafting procedure several times to achieve your desired result. Fat grafting occurs in three-stages:
Stage 1: Harvesting
You and Dr. Sult will select a site for fat removal and a small incision in the area will be made for the removal of that fat.
Stage 2: Purification and transfer
The fat that is removed needs to be prepares for transfer and a purification process is used to remove impurities.
Stage 3: Placement
The area designated to receive the graft is then prepared and a needle or cannula is inserted to the designated area. This process is repeated until the desired outcome has been achieved.