The future of fat
The most recent American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) statistics suggest fat grafting is a plastic surgery trend. In 2016, minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections went up by 13%; buttock augmentation using fat grafting rose 26% and breast augmentation using fat grafting shot up 72%, compared to 2015, according to ASPS.
“[Fat Transfer] has become part and parcel of many plastic surgeons' practices,” says ASPS President and Sacramento, Calif., plastic surgeon Debra Johnson, M.D. “It is incredibly useful as a filler for contour irregularities after breast reconstruction, under depressed scars and as an augmenter in the face.”
But the fat grafting picture is far from rosy. Irresponsible uses and horrendous results, from death to disfigurement, threaten future uses of fat grafting — even by responsible cosmetic physicians and surgeons.
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