How is the fat harvested?

A common question we get asked is – “Where do you get the fat for the fat transfer and how do you get it?”

Fat for transfer is harvested using a type of liposuction known as tumescent liposuction.  Tumescent liposuction is done with the patient awake, usually under a mild sedative.  A special type of local anesthetic called tumescent fluid is then pumped into the fatty area to be harvested.  Although any fat collection can be used, areas commonly harvested are:

  • Inner thighs and knees
  • Outer thighs
  • Abdomen and “love handles” (the fatty sides of the abdomen
  • Back of the arms

After the area is anesthetized locally, liposuction is performed in the area to harvest the fat.  In our office, we typically then go over the area harvested using a SmartLipo laser in order to get good skin tightening and texture post harvest.