A fat transfer or fat grafting is often used to replenish the depletion of fat volume that occurs with aging. Facial fat begins to visibly subside within the cheek areas, temples, hollows of the eyes, lips, nose, and jaw-line region. A fat transfer to the face provides a wonderful solution to restoring a more youthful appearance. This procedure is also used to shape and fill depressed scar tissue like pitting acne scars of the face or areas of the body such as the buttocks or breast areas.
Fat transfer, fat grafting or fat augmentation is an alternative to the extremely popular synthetic dermal fillers. Dermal fillers provide quick treatment, are relatively painless and are less expensive than a fat transfer. However, a fat transfer is a single stand alone aesthetic procedure that produces amazing long-term results. Minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13% in 2016 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
During the procedure, the plastic surgeon extracts applicable fatty tissues from areas within the body through liposuction surgery. The fat is treated and then re- introduced into other desired areas of the body through small micro needle injections. The surgeon can enhance desired facial areas like the lips, soften the hollow areas beneath the eyes and or fill in creases on the face. The client is often awake and converses with the doctor as they work to attain the desired appearance. Areas of the hands, breast and or buttocks are also treated or enhanced with a fat transfer procedure.
A facial or body recovery from a fat transfer procedure is usually 5 days or less, depending on how many areas are treated. While swelling is likely to be apparent, spotting out positive are almost always immediate. If the remainder fat is saved and sent to a medical facility like a stem cell bank for safekeeping, follow-up treatment can be be safely performed within a 5 year period!
Fat transfers are often paired with facelift surgery to attaining an incredibly naturally youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Meeting with a plastic surgeon experienced with fat transfer surgery will be able to yield invaluable information if you are thinking about having this type of procedure performed. If you are considering putting that unwanted fat to some good use and achieve a desired look, schedule a consultation to discover all the possible options. A fat transfer is a versatile aesthetic technique considered extremely popular in facial rejuvenation and body contouring.