Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, is a procedure where fat cells are collected from one area of the body through liposuction. These cells are cleaned and processed before being injected back into other parts of the body.
What is Fat Grafting?
Facial fat grafting involves taking fat from an undesirable area of your body and transferring it to areas of the face that may have lost their youthful volume.
Our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa also offers FDA-approved injectable fillers as an alternative to fat grafting, including Juvederm® Ultra or Ultra Plus, Voluma XC™, Vollure XC™, and Volbella XC™.
What is a Fat Transfer Procedure Like?
Fat transfer is an outpatient procedure that is done in our private state-of-the-art surgical center. The procedure begins with obtaining undesired fat from an area of the body through liposuction. The most common areas to harvest fat from are the abdomen, love handles, and thighs.
Once the fat has been extracted, it is cleaned and prepared. Then, the fat cells are placed in a syringe. Dr. Sozer will then inject the fat into targeted areas of the face or body to provide the desired fullness.
Fat cells can be used as a soft, natural filler to treat facial wrinkles and enhance different areas of the face, including the forehead, temples, under eyes, cheekbones, nose, lips, and chin. Our body fat is natural and non-allergenic and therefore makes an excellent option to provide volume to hollow areas. Unlike other manufactured fillers, fat injections are long-lasting, as they are not absorbed by the body as quickly.
Aside from long-lasting benefits, fat transfer can:
- Fill in deep wrinkles, such as frown lines and nasolabial folds
- Rejuvenate volume loss
- Be used as a natural filler for more volumized lips
- Give a refreshed and youthful facial appearance
Fat can also be transferred to different areas of the body to add fullness and volume. Some of the most common areas are the hands, breasts, buttocks, and hips. For more information on these procedures, please see Brazilian butt lift and breast augmentation using fat transfer.
What is Recovery Like After Fat Transfer?
After fat transfer surgery at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, patients can go home the same day. Most patients can go back to normal activities within 7-10 days after surgery. Swelling and bruising are expected after surgery, and bruising should subside within two weeks. Swelling may take longer to fully diminish and will continue to go down gradually for up to six months after surgery.
Am I a Good Fat Grafting Candidate?
A fat transfer is one of the best facial rejuvenation procedures one can undergo to give a fresh, youthful look to the face. This procedure can be performed on men and women of many ages who have experienced a lack of volume in their faces. A proper evaluation is needed to see which surgical or non-surgical option is best to address your specific concerns.
You may be a good candidate for fat transfer if you:
- Are showing signs of aging in your face, such as deep wrinkles and fine lines
- Have a loss of volume in the face, like hollow under eyes or cheekbones
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what surgery can accomplish
- Are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle
- Are a non-smoker
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns, and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call or text our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” form. Someone will contact you to make an appointment.
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