WHAT IS FAT TRANSFER?
During the aging process, we lose fullness to our face, resulting in a sunken look. Today, the new thinking in plastic surgery is to replace volume in the face, rather than pull it tighter. Oftentimes, the best option to replace volume is a fat transfer procedure. Fat grafting is implantation of your own, natural fat in right areas, this can volumize the face giving a fresh and glowing appearance. The advantage of fat grafting is the use of own natural fat that can give permanent results.
WHAT IS FAT TRANSFER USED FOR?
Fat is what gives the face it's volume, and a youthful face is a volumized face. Aging, hormonal shifts, and weight loss can cause significant amounts of facial fat to be lost. Large and rapid weight loss (over 20lbs) can cause loss of fat and volume in the mid-face which in turn produces an aged appearance.
Fat transfer involves surgically removing fat from one area of the body using liposuction and transplanting it to another. Over time, some of the fat may resorb; however, much of it will last for a long time. Nonetheless, the resorption of fat will vary individually and is not completely predictable. Fat is harvested through a small incision from either the neck or the abdomen; the fat is then cleansed and concentrated, after which it is injected into the desired area. There is minimal swelling and rarely any bruising. Most patients return back to work or play shortly following the procedure.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Good candidates for fat transfer include men and women who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and are interested in improving the contour of the face by diminishing lines and/or adding fullness. Fat transfer procedures can be performed in an office based facility and/or the hospital and are usually performed with sedation or when combined with a facelift, general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete. Fat transfer procedures typically involve very little downtime though some redness, swelling and bruising may occur. Most patients are able to return to work right away, but sun exposure should be limited until the redness and bruising have cleared up.
Frequently asked questions
The ideal age varies depending on the procedure. Some surgeries, like rhinoplasty, are often performed in late teens or early twenties, while others are more common among older adults seeking anti-aging treatments.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a accredited facility, plastic surgery is generally safe. However, all surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and individual factors also play a role in safety.
Recovery time varies depending on the procedure and individual healing abilities. Some treatments may have minimal downtime, while others may require several weeks of recuperation.
Skilled surgeons strive to provide natural-looking outcomes. Open communication with your surgeon about your expectations and goals is crucial for achieving the results you desire.
Most surgeries result in some scarring, but plastic surgeons aim to minimize scarring through careful incision placement and suturing techniques. Scar management post-surgery can also help.
The cost varies by procedure and location. We do not accept insurance.
It's crucial to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you're interested in. Reading reviews, checking credentials, and scheduling consultations can help with this decision.