Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the aging process. They begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.
Fat transfer, also called autologous fat transplantation or lipoffilling, is performed to plump up facial features with a patient’s own fat. It is a popular alternative to other wrinkle treatments. Fat transfer to the face is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure designed to recontour your face and can provide definition to your lips, nasolabial folds and cheeks . It can also be used to correct facial or body deformities. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction, because it’s from your own body.
With fat transfer it is possible to have fat liposuctioned from your thighs and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks because this area does not move as often. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands and post-surgical and post-traumatic defects. But not every area of the body responds well to fat transfer.
Benefits of Fat Transfer
· Fat transferred to the face can last longer than injectables.
· Fat transfer can be very cost effective when combined with another procedure.
· There’s no chance of an allergic reaction.
How is the fat transfer procedure done?
Fat transfer is performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat is taken and the treatment site are anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat is removed from a donor site where your fat is most tightly packed such as your abdomen or your buttocks. Once removed your fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then reinjected using another needle which is placed just under your skin. This process may be repeated until the desired correction has been achieved. Harvesting the fat cells for reinjection is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, face lift or cosmetic breast surgery
After fat transfer?
After a fat transfer, patients are up and around immediately. Any discomfort following the procedure can be controlled with medication. There might be some swelling and bruising at the treatment site which can be covered with make-up.