Gluteal fat grafting begins with harvesting the fat for transfer by liposuction. Not all of the tissue harvested in liposuction is suitable for transfer. The term aspirate refers to all of the contents in the canister used to collect the products of liposuction. This includes not only the fat but some blood, fibrous components and fluid used to initially infiltrate the fat before liposuction is begun.
After the liposuction is completed the aspirate undergoes treatment to separate the good injectable fat from the rest of the aspirate.
After this treatment the remaining injectable fat constitutes approximately 50-60% of the total amount suctioned.
The aspirate is measured in cc’s. Many soft drinks come in 1 Liter bottles. 1 Liter equals 1000cc.
Small framed individuals will require between 300-550cc of injectable fat. Medium framed individuals may require between 700- 950cc. Large framed individuals may require anywhere from 750cc up to 1200cc. Very large framed patients may require between 900-1400cc. These numbers are guidelines and each one of these patients may be better served with more or less then the above guidelines.