How is fat processed for a Fat Transfer?

Once inside a sterile container:

  1. The fat is allowed to separate from the fluid suctioned.  This fluid is mostly the tumescent fluid that was pumped in to anesthetize the area.
  2. The fat is often centrifuged.  This is an extra step and most studies show it is not always needed on fat transfer to the breast. (It is recommended for fat transfer to the face)
  3. Extra fluid present after centrifugation is drained.
  4. Any oil present outside of the fat cells is also drained.
  5. We prefer to add Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP (see “What is PRP?” below) to the fat at this stage.  PRP enhances cell survival and final results.
  6. The fat is now placed in syringes for injection.