Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a very burning question about calf augmentation by fat injection .I know my appointment is coming up soon on the 22nd but the closer it gets, the more anxious I am. I know not to have too much expectations but is there a away to enhance the outcome, for example, do you add anything to the fat to make them more viable?And is there anything I can do to improve the results?I totally think my calves are the skinniest anyone can ever imagine and so will I really have enough fat to make them as bigger as possible? If I will need a touch up, do I have to go through the entire procedure or do you preserve some fat from the first procedure. Thanks.
A: The methods to enhance fat injection graft take are how the fat is concentrated at the time of its harvest prior to its injection. Some enhancement of fat graft survival has been noted from adding PRP (platelet-rich plasma, a blood extract) but that evidence is not conclusive. Since it is your own blood extract it is perfectly safe. But whether it truly improves fat graft take is not clear.
Harvested fat can not be preserved for a secondary or touch-up procedure. It is technically possible to do so but it has been shown that none of that frozen fat will survive when injected later.
Dr. Barry Eppley