American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
5 years ago

Do you have to have the fat injected with liposuction?

If you elect to have liposuction, do you have to have the fat injected back into your body? I know some people will elect to have that done, but with either standard or Vaser liposuction is it necessary? Liposuction is rather painful, especially with fat transfer. The drains, and everything that I would rather avoid. Thanks for the advice.

Procedure: Liposuction
Location: Oak Harbor, WA

Replies 4

Abraham Malca Coiffman
ASPS Int. Surgeon

thanks for your question . let's see liposuction and lipotransference are two separate procedures. you can have your liposuction with lipotransference obsin that is optional and you must discuss it with your doctor.

Jon Ver Halen

Dear 2Tall2Handle,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Liposuction and fat transfer (i.e., fat injection) are two separate procedures. If you have liposuction, it is NOT necessary to have it re-injected into your body. In most cases, the fat is simply discarded in a safe, sterile manner. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

Jed Horowitz
ASPS Surgeon
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Fat injection usually refers to fat transfer. This means moving the fat to another part of the body like the face , breasts, or buttocks.

Most doctors pre inject the fat with tumescent solution , saline with some epinephrine and or local anaesthetic. This loosens the fat and reduces bruising and bleeding.

Dr. H

Mark Solomon
ASPS Surgeon

Liposuction refers to fat removal. The option to use the fat for contour elsewhere in your body is between you and your surgeon. Of the procedures we perform, it is not especially painful and recovery time is brief, usually several days. Swelling will persist for a longer period of time and patient satisfaction is high. There are several methods of liposuction including Vaser, laser assisted and tumescent methods. Data shows no difference among these in terms of long term result. You should find a surgeon who listens to your goals and can help you outline a plan to achieve them.


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