Patients sometimes worry about the unwanted side effects or allergic reactions that can occur with cosmetic treatments such as injectable fillers. This is why fat transfer has become popular. Because fat transfer makes use of one’s own fat in enhancing an area of the body, it eliminates the possibility of allergic reaction.
What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a cosmetic procedure where fat is transferred from areas where there is excess fat to areas that need more volume. Common areas where fat is harvested are the inner thighs, inner knees, and lower stomach. That harvested fat is then transferred to the face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. It’s a safe cosmetic option that provides natural-looking results.
Facial fat injections are not appropriate for everyone. Ideal candidates for the procedure are adults who seek to fight back against the unwanted signs of aging — wrinkles, furrows, creases, smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial depressions.
What else can a fat transfer treat?
Aside from improving facial signs of aging, fat transfer can also be used to improve body contour, fill certain bodily depressions, enhance the appearance of scars, rejuvenate aging hands, even for lip augmentation. This procedure is also popular in filling irregularities in breast contour after breast reconstruction procedures or improving the appearance of breasts with implants. It can be used to enlarge small breats in select cases.
What can I expect on the day of my fat transfer appointment?
The length of time needed for your fat transfer procedure depends on how much fat is involved. It takes less time to perform a fat transfer to areas of the face than a breast augmentation through fat transfer. Depending on your preference and the extent of your procedure, Dr. Price will use either intravenous sedation (“twilight anesthesia”) or local anesthesia.
What can I expect after my fat transfer procedure?
As with any other procedure, certain side effects may be present as you recover. Swelling and bruising are common side effects that can occur on the first week following fat transfer. Bruising and swelling will usually dissipate during the second week. Strenuous exercise is not recommended for two weeks after the procedure.