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A fat transfer is also referred to as fat grafting, lipo-filling, and fat injection. It is a procedure that uses the patient’s own fat from another portion of their body to fill in facial depressions, wrinkles, and other irregularities. These wrinkles/depressions are common signs of volume and muscle mass loss associated with aging. Natural fat transferred from other locations in your own body can restore a youthful appearance to the face.
Patients often try fillers first and then ask for a more permanent solution. If you like your appearance after being injected with fillers, you may be a great candidate for fat transfer, as it is a longer lasting solution to aging.
What Is a Fat Transfer Used to Treat?
There are many fat transfer applications. It can be used to fill in hollow sunken cheeks and temples. It can fill in the deep grooves that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds) and wrinkles that come down from the sides of the mouth (marionette lines. It can also fill in parentheses lines (curved wrinkles that border the lips), hollows under the eyes, and sagging jawlines. Fat transfers can also be used to provide a long-lasting lip filler to enhance the appearance, or plump up, thin lips.
Your Initial Consultation
The initial step is to consult with our physician to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a fat transfer procedure. You should be in general good health without any underlying conditions that can alter the results of the treatment (non-smoker, low consumption of alcohol, not pregnant or breastfeeding). You have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure and have some extra fat to transfer!
Dr. Boerner will review your health condition, medical history, medications, family medical history, and allergies to determine whether you are suitable for a facial fat transfer. A physical examination is then conducted, and a treatment plan is made. The treatment plan will include the area from which the fat is harvested for transfer. Usually, fat is taken from the abdomen or inner thigh.
Note that a fat transfer can be combined with other facial procedures like blepharoplasty surgery. The before/after images directly below combine lower lid blepharoplasty, fat transfer, and upper eyelid fat pad removal.
The Fat Transfer Procedure
In preparation for the procedure, the treatment area and the fat extraction area are cleaned with an antiseptic and the areas are marked. Local anesthesia is administered in both areas to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Fat is obtained by a limited liposculpture through one or more incisions of 3 to 5 mm. It is then processed by centrifuging, filtering, or rinsing. Small amounts of fat are injected into the treatment site, ensuring that the transferred fat is surrounded by healthy tissue. When transplanted fat comes into contact with the surrounding tissues, oxygen and nutrients are supplied which allows it to survive and thrive for long-lasting results.
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The Recovery and Healing Process
The surgical areas may be swollen immediately after the procedure. Bruising and swelling are very common but will improve within a few days. The treatment is safe and takes about two hours. Dr. Boerner will offer post-procedure care that must be followed precisely to avoid complications during recovery.
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A facial fat transfer can give you the youthful look that you desire for years to come. Find out more about the fat transfer procedure – schedule an appointment through our office.